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The Strides of Jalada Africa; a Pan-African Writers’ Collective

In June 2013, Jalada Africa formed as a result of conversations between 22 young African writers drawn from Zimbabwe, Kenya, Uganda, South Africa and Nigeria. They were in Nairobi, Kenya, participating in a Creative Writing Workshop. This convention was designed…

The Impossibly Dapper Novelist: A Look at Alain Mabanckou’s Style File

This article was originally published by Brittle Paper and is republished here with the permission of the author From Chimamanda Adichie’s widely-publicized made-in-Nigeria wardrobe to Teju Cole’s Ikire Jones scarves to Prof Ato Quayson’s fedora hats, fashion and style have become a new mode of self-expression among…

Alain Mabanckou brings Sapology to #AfricaWrites17

To celebrate Alain Mabanckou’s unique style, come dressed to impress to his talk on July 2nd in your best dandy clothes and sapeur garments and win a signed copy of his novel Black Moses. Get your tickets here Not sure what are…

On Alain Mabanckou | An Essay

This article was originally published by Brittle Paper and is republished here with the permission of the author Alain Mabankcou spent his childhood in Pointe-Noire, a port city in Congo-Brazzaville. But Paris is where he came of age as a writer,…

5 Lusophone writers you should know

Abdulai Silá Born in 1958, Abdulai Silá lives in Bissau and combines telecommunications work with writing. He is the author of four novels: Eterna Paixão, A Última Tragédia, Mistida and Memórias SOManticas, as well as two plays: As Oracoes de…

5 Francophone writers to discover

Alain Mabanckou Alain Mabanckou was born in 1966 in the Congo. He currently lives in LA, where he teaches literature at UCLA. He is the author of six volumes of poetry and six novels. He is the winner of the…

20 Of The Best African Novels To Read In Summer 2017

It’s coming to that time of the year, where the pace begins to slow down and our surroundings become open to the possibility of sunshine, ice cream and a relaxing book at your fingertips. Here’s a list of the perfect…

Archives for Writers: Krio Heritage and Culture

 This year, the RAS Education Programme is reaching out to adult communities as well as schools to develop creative writing in response to African culture and heritage. In line with one of this year’s Africa Writes  themes, Archives for Writers,…