Farafina Authors at Ake Festival 2015

The 2015 edition of Ake Festival is set to hold from 17 to 21 November, with the theme “Engaging the Fringe.” This year’s festival will focus on “genres and creative endeavour that are not regarded as ‘mainstream’ in spite of their growing popularity and availability.”

The festival organizers have announced the guests for this year, which include Farafina authors Binyavanga Wainaina, Eghosa Imasuen, debut author Elizabeth Adeolu, and A. Igoni Barrett, Tendai Huchu and Efe Paul Azino, whose books will be out this October from Farafina.

Binyavanga Wainaina

Binyavanga Wainaina

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Eghosa Imasuen

Elizabeth Adeolu

Elizabeth Adeolu

A. Igoni Barrett

A. Igoni Barrett

Tendai Huchu

Tendai Huchu

Efe Paul Azino

Efe Paul Azino

To see the full guest list and learn more about the festival, please visit the Ake website.

Farafina Trust Literary Evening 2015

Farafina Literary Evening 2015

To mark the end of the 2015 Farafina Trust Creative Writing Workshop, there will be a literary evening open to the general public.

Date: Friday, 26 June 2015
Time: 5 pm
Venue: Oriental Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos

Admission is free and open to all, and your favourite Farafina titles will be available for sale. See you there.

Igoni Barrett at Africa Writes 2015

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Igoni Barrett, author of Love is Power or Something Like That and Blackass (long-listed for the FT/OppenheimerFunds Emerging Voices Award and to be released in Nigeria this year from Farafina) will be joining Chibundu Onuzo, Ben Okri, Ellah Allfrey and several others at Africa Writes 2015.

Africa Writes is the Royal African Society’s annual African literature and book festival. The festival will run from Friday July 3 to Sunday July 5, 2015 at The British Library in London.

Selected Participants: 2015 Farafina Trust Creative Writing Workshop

The following applicants have been selected to participate in the 2015 Farafina Trust Creative Writing Workshop:

  1. NERISSA ANIDI
  2. ADAEZE EZENWA
  3. SHIELA CHUKWULOZIE
  4. EDWIN MADU
  5. ELOGHOSA OSUNDE
  6. TEMITOPE OWOLABI
  7. EMILOMO NWAFOR-OHIWEREI
  8. JOHN KARANJA  NZISA
  9. AYODEJI ROTINWA
  10. DORIS ANIUNOH
  11. ENAJITE EFEMUAYE
  12. NARO OMO-OSAGIE
  13. PHIDELIA IMIEGHA
  14. JILL MNENA  ACHINEKU
  15. NIYI ADEMOROTI
  16. AMARA NICOLE OKOLO
  17. OLORUNFEMI OWOYEMI
  18. ISAAC OTIDI AMUKE
  19. MODE ADERINOKUN
  20. OLUTIMEHIN ADEGBEYE
  21. AKWAEKE EMEZI
  22. FESTUS OKUBOR
  23. BADE AYOADE
  24. ABIODUN NKWOCHA
  25. FAREEDA ABDULKARIM

The workshop will run from June 16 to June 26, at the end of which there will be a Literary Evening open to the public.

Congratulations to the selected participants!

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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