Ankara Press Publishes Valentine’s Day Anthology

Romance fiction publisher Ankara Press plans to treat readers with a free-to-download anthology of love/romance stories on Valentine’s Day. It is called the Valentine’s Day Anthology and Ankara have collected the works of 7 contemporary African authors for this distinctive collection, including founding editor of the Kwani? Trust Binyavanga Wainaina, Sarah Ladipo Manyika, Chuma Nwokolo, and Toni Kan. According to Ankara’s blog, they wanted to celebrate the day of love by showcasing the […]


Futuristic Comic Book Series Outcasts of Jupiter Now on Tapastic

A few months ago the Coker CoOp – a partnership between Nigerian born siblings Shofela, Shobo and Funlola Coker that produces “original indie comics, statues, jewellery, indie games and more” – began this incredibly successful Kickstarter to produce the first issue of their comic series Outcasts of Jupiter. The Cokers gained so much public support that they surpassed their Kickstarter goal by nearly $4,600 and although, it ended months ago, […]


“What I want to do is to tell a good story, that is all” - Caine Prize winner Okwiri Oduor

Kenya’s Okwiri Oduor has won the 2014 Caine Prize for African Writing for her short story entitled ‘’My Father’s Head’’. Oduor visited the Book Lounge in Cape Town last week to launch ‘The Gonjon Pin and other Stories’, an anthology of the 2014 Caine Prize. Daluxolo Moloantoa attended the event and had the opportunity to speak with Odour about what it means to her to win the prize, the inspiration […]


NoViolet Bulawayo Gifts Fellowship to Writer Yewande Omotoso

Demonstrating a benevolence that is not often seen or appreciated in the seemingly competitive world of novel-writing, the winner of the first Etisalat Prize for Literature, NoViolet Bulawayo, has gifted her colleague, and runner-up, Yewande Omotoso, the £10,000 fellowship that was part of her reward. Bulawayo won the Etisalat prize for her book We Need New Names and with it she won a four-month residency at the University of East […]


Tributes: Remembering the African Writers We Lost in 2013

“A man who pays respect to the great paves the way for his own greatness.” from Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe. If we learned anything from Nelson Mandela’s funeral in Qunu earlier this month it was the importance of stories. We listened to anti-apartheid activist Ahmed Kathrada talk about his friend “Madala” and gained some insight into the man beyond the cultural icon. We learned about the truly African […]


The 2013 African Literature Highlights

It’s been another exciting year for literature on the continent. Authors have continued to challenge the bounds of their creativity and prove that the generic term “African literature” is something of a misnomer. Here are some of our favorite moments of 2013: The ubiquity of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie 2013 was easily Chimamanda’s most prolific yeah. Her novel Americanah, effectively a love story that explores the experience of living in America […]


5 Books By African Authors We'd Add to the World Book Night List

The World Book Night titles have been announced and, yet again, not a single African novel has been deemed worthy of making the cut. World Book Night is a UK-based initiative that seeks to promote reading by according people the opportunity to give some of their favorite books to those who may not normally pick one up. Every year a selection of books are made available for free to a […]


Book Review: NoViolet Bulawayo's 'We Need New Names'

On the face of it NoViolet Bulawayo’s, We Need New Names is a novel about a bunch of kids with weird names living in the slums of an unnamed African country and dreaming of a better life far away. One of these weirdly named kids makes it out and we follow her journey across continents to the promised land of America. Dig a little deeper and you will discover it’s […]


Revisiting African Booker Prize Winners

  The shortlist for the Man Booker Prize is out. This year’s selection includes Zimbabwean-born NoViolet Bulawayo’s We Need New Names, in which Darling and her friends live in a shanty called Paradise, which of course is no such thing. It isn’t all bad, though. There’s mischief and adventure, games of Finding bin Laden, stealing guavas, singing Lady Gaga songs at the tops of their voices. They dream of the […]


Six Sites Where To Check Out African Literature

Without stories we would go mad. Life would lose its moorings or lose its orientations. Even in silence we are living our stories. —Ben Okri, Birds of Heaven As more of us forego traditional bookstores for e-books, it can be harder to keep up with the latest happenings in African literature. Here are six of our favorite sites to check out African Literature. 1. African Book Covers This Tumblr account […]


Nothing Ventured: Capetonian 'RISK' Author Jason Staggie on His Daring New Novel

Most people have one obsession in their lives. Jason Staggie has four. They are – socially conscious transgressive fiction, the art movement fluxus, edgy dialogue driven films, and African renaissance. Quirky? Well, find out more about this globe-trotting Cape Town native and his debut novel, RISK, released earlier this month. Afripopmag: Let`s start here, why the book? Jason Staggie: Well, I’ve always loved novels by writers like Chuck Palahniuk, Bret Easton […]


Chimamanda Adichie Caine Prize Controversy Reveals Sexist Roots

You have to have a very thick skin to be a writer. Even more so when you’re beautiful, flawless skin owner Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (whom I will henceforth address as CA, as is the norm among writers of great reputation). Not everyone is going to say nice things, and nor should they, but what happened with all the mudslinging in the recent literary feud between CA and proponents of the […]


Sharp Sharp: South African Street Culture Uncovered

(all images © Ed Suter) UK-born Cape Town photographer Ed Suter worked for a long time in the film industry before going to study photography at the London College of Printing. In the UK he has worked as an on-set photographer for BBC and Channel 4. In South Africa where he now lives, he has photographed in a few different fields (with David Beckham, for example) and now additionally works as […]


Can Thandie Newton Play an Igbo Woman?

No sooner had the announcement been made that the film adaptation of Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s award-winning novel Half Of A Yellow Sun was to star Thandie Newton, than a petition rang out. By now many people, mostly of Igbo or other Nigerian origin, have complained that the casting of Thandie Newton as the book’s Igbo female protagonist Olanna, is a slight they are not willing to suffer. The […]