An Interview with Nigerian Writer Sefi Atta

Did you always know you were going to be a writer and what has your experience been like all these years later? When I was a girl, I daydreamed a lot and I sometimes imagined plays and brought them to life with my siblings. I continued to do so with my classmates as a student […]

From THE GUARDIAN: 2021 is a Great Year for African Writing

This has been a great year for African writing,” announced Damon Galgut, accepting the Booker prize earlier this month for his multilayered novel, The Promise, which tells the story of an Afrikaner family amid the political and social upheaval that followed the end of apartheid. “I’d like to accept this on behalf of all the stories told and […]

Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o nominated as author and translator in first for International Booker

Kenyan novelist’s The Perfect Nine is first work written in an indigenous African language to be longlisted for the Booker Prize. Read the Guardian article at this link.

Imbolo Mbue Interviewed on LITHUB

A Story by Akwaeke Emezi (16) @ Wasafiri

Welcome Akwaeke Emezi The light was gone, sucked back into the black wires that hung off the roof and stretched across the expressway, leaving the kitchen a study in blurs. Ogugua popped open the plastic crate of eggs and felt around for the matches, his pupils widening to inhale the grey air. It was so […]

Tope Folarin (’15) Robert Irwin and African Fiction

I DIDN’T KNOW MUCH about Robert Irwin’s work when I wandered into the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden a few weeks ago. I knew that he was a contemporary of a few other artists I admire, James Turrell among them, and that he was the first artist to win a MacArthur Genius Grant in 1984, […]

Tope Folarin (’15) on the Challenges for African Writers

The 2016 Caine Prize for African Writing

Congratulations to Kimbilio Fellows Lesley Arimah (’15) and Tope Folarin (’15) for being nominated for the 2016 Caine Prize.  The Caine Prize for African Writing is awarded annually to an African writer of a short story published in English. Tope won this award previously in 2013. At a ceremony in London on July 4th, South […]

Amina Gautier (’13) Reviews MR. AND MRS. DOCTOR

A New Novel by Julie Iromuanya “Everyone had done it, he supposed. To some degree, they had all told their little lies.” These are not the opening lines of Julie Iromuanya’s striking debut novel Mr. and Mrs. Doctor, but they may as well be. They are the thoughts of Job Ogbannaya, the protagonist. Job’s approach […]