African Novelists Aren’t Travel Guides

An Interview with Nii Parkes Q. Your first novel, called Tail of the Blue Bird, which was shortlisted for the 2010 Commonwealth Prize, has just been translated in France under the title Notre Quelque Part, which roughly translates to “Our Somewhere”, and it has already won two awards here in France. Language is so important…

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The U.S. War in Africa

Media coverage of President Barack Obama’s much-touted East Africa trip in July devoted ample space to his diplomatic “balancing act” of promoting U.S. interests alongside expressed concerns for democracy and human rights. Touring Kenya and Ethiopia, and then addressing the African Union in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa, Obama chided African leaders for failing…

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Writer Brigitte Caferro to Release New Book

The Angolan writer Brigitte Caferro announced on Tuesday of having already completed her second literary work entitled “Vivo vazio”, and soon will be available to the public. The work of poetry containing 102 poems totaling 108 pages was edited in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil). Speaking to Angop, Brigitte Caferro explained that poetry lovers will be…

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Sir Emeka Offor Foundation and Books For Africa (BFA) Donate 20,000 Books to Tanzania Schools

Abuja — Over $18 million worth of books and computers have reached African schools through the support of Sir Emeka Offor Foundation since 2010 The Sir Emeka Offor Foundation (SEOF), a non-governmental, philanthropic organization focused on youth employment, widows cooperative, education, healthcare and infrastructural development, is set to deliver a total of 20,000 academic books…

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African Books for Western Eyes

MY close friend Mercy, when she heard about my novel, congratulated me: I had found out “what the white people wanted to read and given it to them.” Mercy had a point. The idea for my book may have been independently inspired, but the approval of “white people” was crucial. Success for an African writer…

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Nobel for Ngugi wa Thiong’o? Not this time!

Literature lovers in Kenya have been waiting with bated breath for the announcement that the winner of the Nobel Prize in literature would be one of their own, Ngugi wa Thiong’o, since he had been picked out once again as a favourite to win. The results, announced Thursday afternoon, however, indicate that Kenyans will have to…

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