My name is Bolaji Samson Aregbeshola. I was born in Nigeria to Mr & Mrs S.O. Aregbeshola and grew up in Lagos. I received both my first and second degrees from University of Lagos. I currently live in Lagos, where I work as a healthcare representative.
My name is Tendai Machingaidze. I was born in Harare, Zimbabwe in 1982. I completed my undergraduate studies in Biochemistry at Syracuse University in New York, masters studies in Theology and Education at Southwestern Seminary in Texas, and currently I live in Russia where I am studying Medicine.
Congratulations to the winners of our May 2014 Africa Book Club Short Reads competition. The winning entry for the month is Thereafter in Chwele (by Macharia Mwangi). In a distinctively poetic style, Mwangi writes about the disruptive impact of religion and western values on an African community’s way of life. Temitope Rotimi and Suleimn Buhari […]
My author name is Eva Melusine Thieme, but everyone calls me Sine. I was born and raised in Germany, emigrated to the United States as a graduate student to earn an MBA from the University of North Carolina, started a family which grew to a total of six, and now live in Brentwood, Tennessee, after a few expat stints abroad, including Singapore and Johannesburg, South Africa.
My name is Ashley Quigley and I was born in Johannesburg, South Africa. In high-school, I developed a love for writing and English and excelled in both aspects. For college, I headed to Rhodes University where I was to study English and Journalism, but as fate would have it, I registered for a science degree and received my undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in Biochemistry and Microbiology. I have a Masters Degree in Molecular Biology. After a five-year stint working in commercial laboratories I discovered that my love of English and writing was too great to ignore. So I came a full circle and reverted back to my first love, writing.
The winning story for April’s competition comes from Malawi’s Andrew Dakalira, who writes about the drama that follows when a local township loses one of its most illustrious sons. Alieu Bundu from Sierra Leone is our runner-up with his story, Beyond the Mountains of Kabala , about a young couple looking forward to getting married and having their first child.
My name is K. Asare Opong. I have worked as an IT professional for over twenty years. I was born in Apaah, Ghana, West Africa. At nine, I moved with my family to the United Kingdom where I went to school and have lived ever since. I studied at the University of Wolverhampton then Birkbeck College, University of London and Middlesex University.
This month, we are giving away a copy of Dinaw Mengestu’s new book, All Our Names. An acclaimed author, Mengestu received the National Book Foundation’s 5 Under 35 award, The New Yorker’s 20 Under 40 award, and a 2012 MacArthur Foundation genius grant.
The shortlist for the 2014 Commonwealth Short Story Prize is out, and three writers from Africa are in the running for this year’s award. Adelehin Ijasan from Nigeria, Michelle Sacks from South Africa, and Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi from Uganda made the shortlist joining 16 other writers.
Published in 2014, Dust is Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor’s first novel. The Kenyan writer is also a past winner of the Caine Prize for African Writing and a recipient of the well-regarded Iowa Writer’s Fellowship. She currently lives in Brisbane, Australia. At the center of ‘Dust’ are two families – the Ogandas and the Boltons. Aggrey Nyipir Oganda is the patriarch of the Oganda family. A former policeman, he has long retired to the village, where he lives with his wife, Akai. Before Kenya’s independence, Nyipir had worked under Hugh Bolton, a British colonial officer.