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What makes a 'real African'? | Maaza Mengiste | Comment is free | The Guardian

It seems that every new writer with any remote connection to the continent of Africa, either willingly or unwillingly, has first to wrestle with this question of identity before talking about what should matter most: their book. 10 more words


A European summer

After the excitements of the book launch, it is time to get real. 1,357 more words


Mutiny at Oxford

The 16th Caine Prize for African Writing was awarded to Zambia’s Namwali Serpell. In an unusual gesture, Serpell decided to “share the prize” with her fellow shortlistees. 1,264 more words

Abubakar Adam Ibrahim

caine prize gets the sack

This is an interview with Lizzy Attree, the director of the Caine Prize. The interview is on the foreigness of the Prize. It is probably the most important prize on African Literature, but its seat is in London (United Kingdom). 116 more words


when life is a competition

I remember the moment when I realized as a teacher that I not only had to grade the papers I had set for my monthly tests, but I also had to gather the results in other subjects and put all these grades together in a system so that in the end it would be clear who was the best students for this specific month. 152 more words


We need more names - the limitations of African Literature

The increasing interest in African Literature and the recognition of African authors globally is a cause for celebration. Yet the increase in visibility is not without its problems. 407 more words


talking afronauts and nabakov

Namwali Serpell, form Zambia, works in the United States. Her story The Sack has been awarded the 2015 Caine Prize for African Literature. She decided to divide the prize money among those on the shortlist.  13 more words