Because sometimes life is too short for a long story.
A Tiny Place Called Happiness is a book of short stories with twenty-two stories. Nwilo, who is also the author of Diary Of A Stupid Boyfriend, is one of the most innovative and refreshingly experimental voices in Nigerian literature. He is funny, has a huge social media followership that he keeps thrilled with his funny and educative updates.
Africa Writes Back: The African Writer’s Series & the Launch of African Literature captures the energy of literary publishing in a new and undefined field. Portraits of the leading characters and the many consultants and readers providing reports and advice to new and established writers make Africa Writes Back a stand-out book. James Currey’s voice and insights are an added bonus.
In Crossroads, a group of these women explore the past that shaped them and the future they hope to build, telling varied stories about a rapidly changing society where they serve both as guardians of culture and harbingers of reform. Covering topics from sex roles to western ideas of “development,” this compelling picture of the lives of women in today’s Uganda, sometimes funny and sometimes tragic, provides powerful testimony to the strength of the human spirit.
“Powerful.intimate. Femmolution let’s you into the different worlds of women. it lets you hear their voice, see the unsaid and hear the unseen. It’s women telling stories. Stories that need to be told. Having conversations that matter. With no boundaries. no guiding principles. Their own way”
– Purity Kagwiria, Executive Director, Akili Dada
Fire In The Night And Other Stories – The 2014 Writivism Anthology contains the best of the entries submitted to the continent-wide Writivism Competition for previously unpublished writers of short fiction living in Africa. If you do not want your preconceptions of what makes an ‘African’ story challenged do not read this book! If however you want to enjoy imaginative and well-crafted, entertaining, moving, powerful tales by some of Africa’s most promising emerging writers – themselves mentored and guided by some of the most well-known names in contemporary African fiction – then this is the book for you.
“ Don’t give me that! What kind of woman chooses not to have a child?” This was the question posed to Idera by a supposed super authority on babies. Idera is a young, married, elitist woman who was of the notion that having children was not a priority for newly-weds. She wanted to enjoy her husband first without the intrusion of children. The fact that she stayed in London also made her comfortable with her stand. The demise of her father-in-law, however, brought about some changes that included relocating back to Nigeria. The move back to Nigeria was a rude awakening to her that her stand while it was taken for granted in Western societies, African societies saw it as a huge anomaly. Idera’s battle between maintaining her stand, to her gradual realization that things had gone out of her control and her eventual compromise to listen to what people were saying is what Ms. Wood detailed in ‘Indigo’, one of the stories in the collection.
A collection of short stories told from the perspectives of different characters, Indigo features some stories that are very reminiscent of those folktales told to us by our parents, grandparents or elderly relatives. Spanning across various themes like love, superstition versus reality, tradition, and poverty, Indigo aims to tell the story of the common man and the sophisticated; the battle between tradition and modernism.
“In this stunning collection, colourful characters speak triumphantly of the enigma and beauty that is Africa…”
– Ikhide Ikheloa.
Through fortuitous meeting in Kampala at the Writivism Festival in 2015, Transition and Jalada have joined forces to present this issue on the theme of Fear. Contributors were asked to reflect on our phobias, the things that make us human or, indeed, inhuman. Our fears, and the dance between fear and fearlessness, can shape how we live and how we conceptualize ourselves and others.
This is the first of a twin edition that examines Kenya in the context and violent aftermath of its 2007 elections is available from bookstores from February 28th. In the two issues, over 50 writers, photographers, poets and cartoonists provide a collective narrative on what we were before, and what we became, during the epochal first 100 days of 2008
This second 400 pages of a twin edition further examines Kenya in the context and violent aftermath of its 2007 elections. Here, writers, photographers, poets and cartoonists provide further collective narratives on what we were before, and what we became, during the epochal first 100 days of 2008. The issue also features an extended travel piece based in Uganda that comparatively explores the concept of ethnicity, and the history of a people in a space other than our own.
Kwani? has always been significantly connected to the Diaspora through the individuals who founded it, and its early contributors. Its seventh issue picks up the idea of leaving and of return, something that has framed the conversations and hybrid identities of many Kwani? writers. Kwani? 07 explores diasporic imaginaries and discourses through fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, history, art, design and social media.
This Kwani? issue takes us back to some of those bug-bears of [Kenya’s] 2013. It looks in detail at some of the Uchaguzi ’13 campaigns, questions around IDPs, the Constitution ad asks how all these might be connected to our current political reality in Kenya. This issue takes the time to consider what came to pass after the promulgation of the new constitution and before the Westgate attacks. How did new players like Murkomen and Sonko wage their campaigns? How did Raila Odinga lose? What did the emergence of MRC mean for elections at the Coast? What did the emergence of the County mean for Uchaguzi ’13?
These are some of the issues that Kwani? 08 addresses through poetry and fiction, non-fiction and interviews, photography and cartoons. This issue also looks at how we attempted to go digital. Tuko digital. Tuko digital. Tuko digital.
Kwani? Managing Editor
Nairobi is fascinating. It is a vibrant, eccentric and extreme city made up of different and contradictory worlds. Nairobi is also an elusive city; difficult to comprehend and fully penetrate. What a better guide can there be than Tony Mochama, the notorious and popular chronicler of Nairobi’s urban life? Haunted by his doppelganger the Night Runner—a naked, mad and mythical being who, in popular rural Kenyan imagination, runs from house to house casting spells – Mochama will carry you along on his journeys through Nairobi. His is a declaration of love for the ‘city in the sun’, after the sun has gone down.
This exciting anthology of short stories showcases the work of 13 emerging writers from the African continent, finalists in the Center for African Cultural Excellence’s Writivism Short Story Competition 2015. Now in its third year, this increasingly popular annual competition attracted over 250 entries from countries as far afield as Botswana, Tanzania, Nigeria and Rwanda, to name but a few.
The best of the stories were selected by a panel of judges chaired by Chika Unigwe, and including Mukoma Wa Ngugi, Rachel Zadok, Tendai Huchu and Ainehi Edoro. The anthology is edited by Sumayya Lee and Emmanuel Sigauke.
Dip in for a feast of fiction which encompasses realism, science fiction, and even a horror story, in a collection which is guaranteed to impress and entertain.
In Queer Africa 2: New Stories, the 26 stories by writers from Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Uganda and the USA present exciting and varied narratives on life. There are stories on desire, disruption and dreams; others on longing, lust and love. The stories are representative of the range of human emotions and experiences that abound in the lives of Africans and those of the diaspora, who identify variously along the long and fluid line of the sexuality, gender and sexual orientation spectrum in the African continent. Centred in these stories and in their attendant relationships is humanity. The writers showcase their artistry in storytelling in thought-provoking and delightful ways.
For it is in this life where we learn that love is for everyone including those we think less of. – Matshepo Thafeng, ‘The Stone’, Queer Africa 2: New Stories.
This exciting anthology of short stories showcases the work of 13 emerging writers from the African continent, finalists in the Center for African Cultural Excellence’s Writivism Short Story Competition 2015.
The anthology is edited by Sumayya Lee and Emmanuel Sigauke. Dip in for a feast of fiction which encompasses realism, science fiction, and even a horror story, in a collection which is guaranteed to impress and entertain.