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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.
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 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 -~-~~-~~~-~~-~- Join our youtube chat group here: https://youtu.be/addme/jzlf6GlhHw8Hhf1T8LFgeIWD57GRWg For Ads Placement & Sponsorship, email us :email@example.com You can also support us on PayPal here: https://goo.gl...
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
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
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."
A young black woman, who started her own company to promote the work of new of black writers, is making inroads in the industry. Her publishing company is called Blackbird Books. BlackBird recently celebrated its success with nine titles on the shelves and several new ones on the way. CGTN's Yolisa Njamela has the story
I compiled a list of 2o+ African American literature novels for newbies to the genre or avid bookworms like me. When I first started my journey, I really didn't know what books to start with or any authors for that matter. This is not a complete list but a starting point from which to expand your own horizons. I didn't see many if any youtube videos for guidance in this area so why not make one? With so many black sisters/brothers not knowing where they come from, these books are a good way to dive into the history and knowledge of "us" in a contemporary way. Support African American authors! Any questions, comments, add ons to my list... feel free to comment below! Share this with a friend* I do not own the rights to the music in the video* IG: ba_asinine Check out my dreadlock jour...
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.
Josh offers some contemporary recommendations for the African Author task of the #ReadHarder challenge! This video is sponsored by YOU AND ME AND HIM by Kris Dinnison: http://ow.ly/PeR0Q Books mentioned in this video: WE NEED NEW NAMES by NoViolet Bulawayo: http://ow.ly/P6csb THE FISHERMAN by Chigozie Obioma: http://ow.ly/P6cDl HALF OF A YELLOW SUN by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: http://ow.ly/P6cPu Where You Can Find Us: http://Bookriot.com http://bookriotlive.com (NYC event coming in November 2015!) http://store.bookriot.com (store!) Social Media: http://twitter.com/bookriot http://facebook.com/BookRiot http://instagram.com/bookriot http://bookriot.tumblr.com/
http://www.ted.com Our lives, our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories. Novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice -- and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding. TEDTalks is a daily video podcast of the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world's leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes. Featured speakers have included Al Gore on climate change, Philippe Starck on design, Jill Bolte Taylor on observing her own stroke, Nicholas Negroponte on One Laptop per Child, Jane Goodall on chimpanzees, Bill Gates on malaria and mosquitoes, Pattie Maes on the "Sixth Sense" wearable tech, and "Lost" producer JJ Abr...
Check our Top 10 African Authors (in no particular order of course).
HARDtalk speaks to Kenyan author, Ngugi Wa Thiong'o. He tells Gavin Esler that language plays an important role in hierarchies and systems of oppression. He says that African authors should be clear about the fact that when they write in English they are contributing to the expansion of, and dependence on, the English language. He argues that translation plays an important role in allowing cultures to communicate but thinks it is "crazy" that a prize for African literature only considers books written in English
Celebrating African Writers
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.
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.
http://www.TheCreativePenn.com/blueprint Tolulope Popoola is the author of flash fiction, romance and short stories and she's also a publishing consultant and coach. She is Nigerian but lives in London. How Tolu got started with blogging, writing and moved into self-publishing The problem of being labelled “ethnic fiction” Why Nigerians have close ties with the UK How publishing currently works in Nigeria How Nigerian readers find books and read digitally on mobile and devices Self-publishing among African authors in Nigeria and Britain and the problems of global payments. The petition for an Amazon store in Nigeria after the launch in India. The concerns of African authors and how we can promote diversity in publishing It's time to get away from the sing...
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Learn more at: http://aalbc.it/afrilit Here Nana Ekua Brew-Hammond, Ayesha Harruna Attah, Chinelo Okparanta and Tope Folarin read from their new work during Afrilit 2013 at the Brooklyn Public Library Recorded November 16, 2013 by AALBC.com
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.