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Interview with 2017 Caine Prize Winner: Bushra al-Fadil

The African country Sudan is not known as a hotbed of literature. I do not know if this is a reflection of the present literary scene. But there is at least one exception. It is the writer Bushra al-Fadil. He is not the young and upcoming writer, that has just left secondary school and wrote his first book right after that. 

Here you will find an email interview with this writer near his retirement age. 


On missing Nobel Prize yet again Ngugi

It is a ritual that comes back every year. The date of the announcement of the winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature is nearing. Speculation is rive. Africans mention names, bookmakers look for profit. The name of the Kenyan author Ngugi wa Thiong’o is on almost everybody’s list, at leat those lists emanating from Africa. 

When the name is being mentioned, the next step in the ritual takes place. It is about disappointment, about a missed opportunity and Ngugi is asked about this situation.

Well here is such a situation. 

We need our own Nobel and an academy

Here is another episode in the yearly journey towards the declaration of the winner of the Novel Prize for Literature. As far as I know four / five / six writers from the African continent have won. The changing number depends on wether you want to count Albert Camus (pied noir) and Doris Lessing as well.

Now Zukiswa Wanner has followed the journey of Ngugi wa Thiong’0 and she has seen that there will be no Nobel Prize for Ngugi in 2017. But what about 2018? Should some big businessman, instead of buying a Premier League soccerclub, start a kind of Africa-alone Literary Prize, with lots of money and prestige?

What do you think? Personally I think withdrawing out of the global literary world and closing the curtains would be a step to the past. We should participate in global activities, because we are part of it !

Read the article by Wanner here.African need to start having conversations with our own Nobels who are alive in these times to consider doing some of these things for their home continent (Leonardo Cendamo/ Leemage)

Former journalist wins NLNG $100,000 literature prize

It is a moment to look forward t0. The announcement of the winner of the Nigeria Prize for Literature. The edition of this year has been named and his name is Ikeogu Oke. He wrote a collection of poetry and the jury was duly impressed. There were a mighty 184 entries for this year’s competotion.

Read more about it here.Ikeogu Oke

Wenners van kykNet-Rapport-boekpryse 2017 bekend

Prizes have been made known. This is always an important event. At the end of last month the winners of the kykNET-Rapport-boekpryse  could hear the maes One of the prizes is for a debut novel. Another prize is for a book reviewer (a highly underestimated profession and pastime) Read more about the prizes and the lucky ones here.

Graywolf Press Africa Prize

The Nigerian author A. Igoni Barrett (see picture) is the jury, in connection with some people from the publishing house Graywolf Press. The project is set up for a first novel manuscript. The winner will get a publication and a bunch of dollar notes as an advance.  The publisher will make an effort to get the book on the African market. 

Graywolf Press published the famous book ‘One Day I Will Write About This Place’ by Binyavanga Wainaina.

Read more information on the kind of manuscript you may consider for sending to this Graywolf Press.


The Sol Plaatje European Union Poetry Award 2017

Sol T. (I missed this letter in the announcement) Plaatje’s name has been attached to a poetry award. The competition is open for South African poets. Three names now have been put on the shortlist so time is nearing for the final announcement. More information can be found here

Afbeeldingsresultaat voor sol plaatje poetry award 2017