AiW Guest: Serah Kasembeli I had never crossed the border to the neighbouring Uganda, even though our home is very close to the Kenya-Uganda Busia border. The idea of crossing into what has always been there yet unexplored, resonated in many… Read More ›
AiW Guest: Tadiwa Madenga A few years ago, I started to feel like I was learning everything I knew from YouTube. It was exciting to find a free archive with endless live recordings from concerts, artists’ interviews, hair tutorials, and… Read More ›
AiW Guest: Tadiwa Madenga Before I travelled to Kampala, I found myself shockingly motivated to finish writing an academic paper. I had just moved from Boston to Brooklyn for the summer, and in that transition, a once tedious essay felt… Read More ›
Supa Modo, Kenya’s submission to the 2019 Academy Awards in the Best Foreign Film category, tells a tale of terminal illness, community, and the power of pretending. When there is nothing more the doctors can do for her, Jo (Stycie… Read More ›
Q&A: Akdogan Ali – Founder of game development studio Black Ring and developer of Throne of Gods, a Nigerian fighting game based on African mythology. In the African Superheroes series.
AiW Guest Tessa Pijnaker This third post in Africa in Words’ series about African superheroes is based on an interview with Akdogan Ali in April 2018. Ali (29) and his partner Umusu Samson Iruo (31) are the founders of the… Read More ›
The rather beautiful, inaugural issue of the online TSSF (The Single Story Foundation) Journal is live. You can read individual published pieces on their newly designed website: http://journal.singlestory.org. And, you can read and download the entire journal at: http://journal.singlestory.org/issues/. Wale Owoade,… Read More ›
Q&A: The Importance of Writing and the Benefits of Travel – An interview with Iman Verjee at Open Book 2017.
AiW Guest: Katarzyna Kubin. Iman Verjee is a novelist living in Nairobi, Kenya with two novels published by the award-winning independent, Oneworld Publications: Who will Catch us as we Fall (2016) and In Between Dreams (2014). Both novels were promoted… Read More ›
AiW Guest: Tope Salaudeen-Adegoke Beautiful Nubia, the stage name for Segun Akinlolu, is widely acclaimed by music critics as Nigeria’s foremost contemporary folklorist. He is an artist with a vibrant soul who combines the Yoruba traditional percussion with other modern… Read More ›
At 23 years of age, Thulani Lupondwana is one of the few Facebook diary writers from South Africa who has continued to capture readers’ interest and “likes.” Following the enormous success of Mike Maphoto’s Diary of a Zulu Girl in… Read More ›
AiW Guest: Tọ́pẹ́ Salaudeen-Adégòkè Femi Oyebode is Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Birmingham, UK, and the current author of Sim’s Symptoms in the Mind (4th edition). His other books include Mindreadings: literature and psychiatry & Madness at the Theatre…. Read More ›
Q&A: ‘Law is an extension of Literature’, says Kyomuhendo Ateenyi, the Ugandan poet exiled in the law.
Bwesigye Bwa Mwesigire writes: I first came to know Kyomuhendo Ateenyi from his literary, epistolary and blogging practice at Makerere University. His poetry and political commentary published on university notice boards and a variety of blog platforms provided the metaphor… Read More ›
AiW Guest: Uchechukwu Peter Umezurike Niran Okewole is the author of the widely-acclaimed Logarhythms. His poems have won the MUSON Festival Poetry Prizes in 2002 and 2003, and the Sawubona Music Jam/Berlin International Poetry Festival Prize in 2008. The Hate Artist is his latest… Read More ›
This is the second in a series of three posts in which debut authors Leye Adenle, Jowhor Ile and Julie Iromuanya interview each other on their first books. Here Leye Adenle and Julie Iromuanya discuss Julie’s first novel Mr. and… Read More ›
This is the first in a series of three posts in which debut authors Leye Adenle, Julie Iromuanya, and Jowhor Ile interview each other on their first books. Here Jowhor Ile and Leye Adenle discuss Leye’s first novel Easy Motion… Read More ›
This is the last in a series of three posts in which debut authors Leye Adenle, Julie Iromuanya, and Jowhor Ile interview each other on their first books. Here Julie Iromuanya and Jowhor Ile discuss Jowhor’s first novel And After… Read More ›
Sudanese by way of Washington, DC, a Cave Canem fellow and poetry editor at Kinfolks Quarterly: a journal of black expression, Safia Elhillo received an MFA in poetry at the New School. Safia is a Pushcart Prize nominee, co-winner of… Read More ›
AiW Guest: Uche Peter Umez ‘Poetry is sometimes the only glimmer of hope in the darkest corners and most difficult conditions of life.’ – Obiwu Obiwu teaches English in the Department of Humanities, Central State University, Wilberforce, Ohio, United States…. Read More ›
Q&A: Ifeanyi Awachie on curating Yale’s Africa Salon: bringing African conversations and African cool to Yale
Africa Salon is a contemporary African arts and culture festival founded in 2015 at Yale University. The Salon is a week-long feast of visual art, music, dance, literature, film and more from Africa and the diaspora, and it has brought… Read More ›
AiW Guest: Kalapi Sen It is a truism in today’s world that ‘African literature’ covers a major portion of literary scholarship, included now on high-school syllabi as well as at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. And one name that has… Read More ›