Wasafiri New Writing Prize 2015

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The 2015 Wasafiri New Writing Prize is now open. The prize rewards outstanding work from unpublished writers in these three categories: poetry, fiction and life writing. This year’s judges are Toby Litt, Yasmin Alibhai Brown and Roger Robinson. The prize for each category is £300 and publication in Wasafiri. Entries will be accepted until 5pm, 24 July 2015.

For more information, please visit Wasafiri.

Financial Times/OppenheimerFunds Emerging Voices Awards 2015

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Financial Times/OppenheimerFunds present the Emerging Voices Awards 2015. The award, in its inaugural year, aims to recognise extraordinary talent in the arts, including fiction, film and art.

“There is a remarkable structural shift in the world, propelled by economic progress in the developing markets and the advanced reach of the Internet. More connectivity and greater variety of voices in the business, science and arts communities are leading to a new renaissance. The Financial Times and OppenheimerFunds are delighted to provide a platform to recognise the people contributing to these markets.”

The fiction award is open to nationals or residents of emerging nations in Africa and the Middle East. Only books first published between 1 January 2014 and 30 September 2015, and having a minimum of 20,000 words, are eligible. Entries are open until 30 April 2015, and winners in each category will be announced at a special gala on 5 October 2015. Winners in each category will receive the sum of $40,000.

For more information on entry criteria, entry categories and the awards schedule, please visit the awards website.

Kachifo Limited at Ake Arts and Book Festival

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The 2014 edition of the Ake Arts and Book Festival opens tomorrow, November 18, and will be on till Saturday, November 22. The theme of the festival  is ‘Bridges and Pathways’,  and “discussions this year will focus on building bridges between African peoples, especially along language, ethnic and gender lines, and charting new paths with the aim of creating synergy and cultural cross-fertilization on the African continent.”

Yejide Kilanko, author of Daughters Who Walk This Path, and Eghosa Imasuen, author of Fine Boys and COO of Kachifo Limited, will be at the Festival. Kilanko will be talking books with Remi Raji on Thursday and discussing ‘Representations of Africa in New Fiction’ on Friday along with a panel of other authors. Imasuen will be discussing ‘Taming Colonial Tongues’ on Friday and moderating two different discussion panels on Saturday.

Farafina books will be on sale at the festival, including our newest titles, Adewale Maja-Pearce’s brilliant memoir, The House My Father Built, debut author Elizabeth Olushola Adeolu’s thrilling crime novel, Chasing Facades, and Ellen Banda-Aaku’s heart-warming young adult/middle grade novel, Sula and Ja.

Please visit the Ake Festival website for programme details and more information.

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Get the exciting new Shuga comic!

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See the Shuga cast as you’ve never seen them before…

From MTV’s award-winning series, Shuga, comes the new Shuga comic book based on the gripping story of Nii and Malaika from season 3! Read the comic in full or CLICK HERE to download it for FREE.

One of the most riveting and evocative storylines in Shuga Naija, the tale of Nii and Malaika’s turbulent relationship is powerful and, for many, disturbing, raising questions on gender-based violence and the ties that bind. This new comic book delves deeper into the lives of Nii and Malaika, and offers an alternative ending to their story.

The comic also provides useful tips on where to go for advice and support. It contains contact details of various organisations that assist victims of gender-based violence in Nigeria, as well as important emergency numbers in the country.

Fully produced in Nigeria by Kachifo, the Shuga comic boasts artwork from some of Naija’s top artists.

See more at Shuga.tv.

Invitation to the Farafina Trust Literary Evening

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To mark the end of the 2014 Farafina Trust Creative Writing Workshop, Farafina Trust, in partnership with Nigerian Breweries PLC, will be holding a literary evening, which is open to the public.

As always, the literary evening presents an opportunity for writers, literary enthusiasts and lovers of the arts to mingle and interact. This year’s event will feature poetry and musical performances, and writers Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Binyavanga Wainaina, Eghosa Imasuen, and a host of others.

Date: Friday, 22nd August 2014
Time: 5 p.m.
Venue: Oriental Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos

Everyone is invited, so please bring a friend. Your favourite Farafina titles will be available for sale.

See you there!

Farafina Trust Creative Writing Workshop Alum Onyinye Ihezukwu (Class of 2009) Wins Heinfield Prize

Onyinye Ihezukwu, an alumnus of the Farafina Trust Creative Writing Workshop has been announced the 2014 winner of the Heinfield Prize, University of Virginia. The $10,000 Heinfield Prize is an endowment of the Joseph F. McCrindle Foundation and is offered by several universities, The University of Virginia is one of these, to one of its graduate students in creative writing.

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Onyinye was one of the stand-out participants in the 2009 edition of our workshop and we are very glad that she has won this keenly contested prize. She is in great company; well-known recipients include Jonathan Ames, Ethan Canin, Jennifer Coke, Harriet Doerr, Sue Miller, A.M. Homes, Walter Mosley, Ann Patchett and Mona Simpson.

Entries for the 2014 Farafina Trust Creative Writing Workshop are still being accepted. Send in your applications to udonandu2014@gmail.com. See previous posts on this blog for application guidelines.

Americanah: One of the 10 Best Books of 2013

The year’s best books, selected by the editors of The New York Times Book Review.

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The New York Times’ 10 Best Books of 2013

By turns tender and trenchant, Adichie’s third novel takes on the comedy and tragedy of American race relations from the perspective of a young Nigerian immigrant. From the office politics of a hair-braiding salon to the burden of memory, there’s nothing too humble or daunting for this fearless writer, who is so attuned to the various worlds and shifting selves we inhabit — in life and online, in love, as agents and victims of history and the heroes of our own stories.” ~ The New York Times.

Read the rest here.

The UK Guardian also named Americanah as one of the Best Fiction of 2013

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So what should we get Chimamanda for Christmas?

I’d love to be given, as a present, a signed copy of Politics: Observations and Arguments, 1966-2004 (Penguin) by Hendrik Hertzberg, whose work I admire very much.” ~ Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.