Category: Blog

Ben Okri on Ayuba Suleiman Diallo

I am one on whom providence has worked its magic reversals. Behind me are silent stories, like a storm. I have worn History around my neck, like chains. Freedom is a difficult lesson to learn. I have tasted the language…

Mental tyranny

Ben Okri expounds and exalts “the genius of inner freedom” in this profound yet controversial article for The Guardian. From James Joyce to Homer, Okri argues that great literature transcends subject; the beauty of art giving the work a greater…

Ben Okri: Lines in Potentis

In 2006, visual artists Yeast Culture created an animated journey through Ben Okri’s words for this visual expression of his poem. Perhaps he will give us a live reading at Africa Writes too.

What are you reading? #Africawrites

So what are you reading right now? Is it African literature? If the answer is yes then join our conversation on Twitter! In the run up to Africa Writes we are keen to know who is the middle of, just…

Meet the 2014 Caine Prize Authors

Meet the 2014 Caine Prize Authors Saturday 12 July, 16:45 – 18:00 BL Conference Centre, FREE With Diane Awerbuck (South Africa), Efemia Chela (Ghana/Zambia), Tendai Huchu (Zimbabwe), Billy Kahora (Kenya), Okwiri Oduor (Kenya). Moderated by Tricia Wombell, editor of Black Book…