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The literary scene in Kenya is growing and at a relatively fast rate, gone are the days when Ngugi wa Thiongo was the only benchmark for young writers. Young Kenyans are writing, and they have a lot to say. As Kenyans put pen to paper or fill their various electronic devices with notes of expression, one thing stands out, with a population of 40 million, and a high literacy rate, Kenya still lags behind the big wigs like Nigeria and South Africa. So, what is Kenya doing to narrow this gap? David Mailu a renowned Kenya writer and Ng`ang`a Mbugwa the Ngugi wa Thiong`o literary winner, 2012, talks to us about writing for the African audience and drives us through the different generation of writers that the world have come to know and love.
The great African authors of 20th century from Kenya, Nigeria, south Africa etc; like Ben Okri, Thiongo, Chinua Achebe, wole soyinka, Buchi Emecheta etc. All these writers express their toleration towards the torture they went through during the British and French rule in their country, Colour discrimination, their struggle, aparthied, Harlem Renaissance.
LA Times book critic David Ulin talks about the important conversation that Chinua Achebe sparked regarding writing in English for African writers, as well as writers from many cultures that approached literature as outsiders. Watch the full interview on Media Mayhem here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RC5t21i0N7E
The pace of present African literature is moving at a high-speed, style and tone sexier and defiant than the great independence writers’ generation. Here, the subjects of taboo are widely explored. The emerging African authors of this generation are not afraid to go further afield for the literary fodder. Here are the 10 Greatest African Authors. Source: 1. http://answersafrica.com/african-authors.html 2. http://www.goodreads.com Music: http://www.bensound.com Have an idea for an African top 10 video? Leave them in the comment section below. Subscribe for more videos -~-~~-~~~-~~-~- Please watch: "10 Most Liveable Cities in Africa 2017 List" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kGuxeS79gHI -~-~~-~~~-~~-~-
Ghanaian author Nana Brew-Hammond spoke to SaharaTV's Adeola Fayehun about the growing numbers of African women writers. She provides examples of current success stories such as Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and she pays homage to black female writers like Toni Morrison, who paved the way for writers such as herself.
Here's a story that isn't dominating the headlines, but deserves a close look: Three African authors are nominated for a relatively new fiction literature prize, and the finalist will walk away with £15,000 and a continental book tour. The Etisalat Prize for Literature is funded by Dubai-based Etisalat, a prominent telecom company in Africa, with the goal of"improving literacy in the African continent."
Interviewed by Shalini Gidoomal, Ellah Allfrey, Deputy Chair of the Caine Prize talks about: how African literary prize winners begin to see more potential in themselves; how African writing has come out of the back corners in bookshops; how publishers are more open to work from outside of the USA and Europe; how writers now have a chance to "sit at the table"; and how publishing in Africa can be helped to produce more writers. Due to a camera malfunction, this interview was filmed on an iPad.
Established in 2009, the African Writers Trust is a body that aims to bridge the divide between African writers and publishing professionals living in the Diaspora and on the continent, bringing them together in order to promote synergies and to foster knowledge and learning between the two groups. We have bases in London, UK and Kampala, Uganda where the organization is registered as a non for profit.
Chinelo Okparanta read selections from her work and participated in a moderated discussion. Speaker Biography: Chinelo Okparanta is a Nigerian-American writer. For transcript, captions, and more information, visit http://www.loc.gov/today/cyberlc/feature_wdesc.php?rec=6662
In response to a growing demand for literature works by the likes Kwame Nkrumah, Chinua Achebe & Buchi Emecheta, Exclusive Books has increased its stockholding of major works of black literature. On this episode of the MoneyMakers, Bruce Whitfield is joined by Benjamin Trisk, CEO of Exclusive Books to discuss his company’s Pan-African Writing Catalogue and book sales in times of digital media.
Let's count how many times I said 'Cape Town' in this video. EXPAND FOR MORE INFO M E N T I O N E D My 2016 Wrap Up + 2017 Reading Resolutions: https://youtu.be/-4MNUCC09XA Where to Begin | South African Fiction: https://youtu.be/8I-TEaG3IO4 Authors mentioned // Lauren Beukes Imraan Coovadia Zakes Mda Rachel Zadok E L S E W H E R E Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/laurenellwood/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/laurenellwood Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/50680443-lauren-ellwood
At the PEN World Voices Festival Afrofusion TV interviewed a few writers present about the future of African writing and it's potential impact on development and progress on the continent. Here's a sample of what Ngugi wa Thiong'o, Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor and Boubacar Boris Diop had to say, part of an upcoming segment on African Literature on Afrofusion TV.
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