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 […]
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.
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.
Nobel Prize winner and Patron of the Caine Prize Professor Wole Soyinka today announced the 2014 Caine Prize for African Writing shortlist. This year’s list features five writers, Diane Awerbuck (South Africa), Efemia Chela (Ghana/Zambia), Tendai Huchu (Zimbabwe0, Billy Kahora (Kenya) and Okwiri Oduor (Kenya).
Africa Book Club is delighted to announce the winners of the Africa Book Club Short Reads competition for March 2014. Mivanyi Kadala from Nigeria is our winner for the month with his story, Things Lost in Fog, about an elderly man confronting one of his worst nightmares.
We are pleased to announce the winners of the Africa Book Club Short Reads competition for the months of January and February. This time round, our list of winners has a markedly Southern African flavor. Priscillar Matara from Botswana scooped the top prize with her story, My Mother, My Brother and I, about a child […]
A record 140 qualifying stories from 17 African countries have been submitted for this year’s Caine Prize for African writing, a marked increase in entries that signifies both the importance of the prize and the resurgence of African writing. Last year’s prize attracted 96 entries in comparison.
NoViolet Bulawayo has won the inaugural Etisalat Prize for Literature for her debut novel, We Need New Names. Bulawayo’s success caps a hugely successful debut by the talented Zimbabwean writer
Africa Book Club is pleased to announce the winners of our December 2013 Africa Book Club Short Reads competition. Six stories made our final shortlist. The winning entry for December is Into the Bush, a story by Mulumba Ivan Matthias from Uganda, about a family forced to flee the city and seek refuge in the village when the violence of war starts to take its toll. Andrew Dakalira from Malawi, David Chasumba from Zimbabwe, and Christopher Otim from Uganda share the runner-up spot.
As we have done for the last three years, we are delighted to present the 2013 Africa Book Club Books of the Year, featuring books about Africa and/or written by African authors that made waves and delighted book lovers across the reading world. This was another great year for African literature. This year’s list of fifteen books includes titles in the fiction, short story, autobiographies/memoirs, and non-fiction categories.