Category: Sierra Leone

  • Sierra Leone’s Poda Poda Stories Fellows announced

    Sierra Leone’s Poda Poda Stories Fellows announced

    Josephine Kamara and Sulaiman Munda Bonnie were introduced as the new Poda Poda Stories Fellows on Monday, September 25, 2023. Poda-Poda Stories is a Sierra Leonean literary platform that publishes fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and literary criticism by emerging and established Sierra Leonean writers. Founded in 2020 by Sierra Leonean writer and journalist Ngozi Cole, the…

  • LOATAD West African Writers Residency 2023 recipients announced.

    LOATAD West African Writers Residency 2023 recipients announced.

    The recipients of the Library of Africa and the African Diaspora (LOATAD) West African Writers Residency 2023 were announced in Accra, Ghana on Friday, September 8, 2023. The Library of Africa and the African Diaspora (LOATAD) is a private library, archive, writing residency, and museum dedicated to the work of African and Diaspora writers from…

  • Tracy Coker wins Blue Pencil Agency First Novel Award 2022

    Tracy Coker wins Blue Pencil Agency First Novel Award 2022

    Tracy Coker’s manuscript White Yams was declared the winner of the Blue Pencil Agency First Novel Award 2022 on Thursday, October 4, 2022. The Blue Pencil Agency First Novel Award is open to unrepresented and unpublished authors for a novel in any adult fiction genre. This year it was judged by literary agents Rowan Lawton…

  • Book Digest: Binyavanga Wainaina, Monique Severin, Nike Campbell, Yessoh G.D

    Book Digest: Binyavanga Wainaina, Monique Severin, Nike Campbell, Yessoh G.D

    We wrap up book news for our readers in our regular Book Digest segment with books from Binyavanga Wainaina, Monique Severin, Nike Campbell, and Yessoh G.D. How to Write About Africa by Binyavanga Wainaina Publisher: PenguinPublication Date: September 29, 2022Genre: Nonfiction, EssaysLanguage: EnglishWhere to find it:  Penguin. Binyavanga Wainaina Binyavanga Wainaina was a seminal author…

  • Foday Mannah wins Mo Siewcharran Prize 2022

    Foday Mannah wins Mo Siewcharran Prize 2022

    Foday Mannah was declared the winner of the Mo Siewcharran Prize 2022 in a ceremony in London, UK on September 28, 2022. The Mo Siewcharran Prize was established to discover new underrepresented talent in memory of Nielsen BookData’s former director of marketing and communications Mo Siewcharran. It is co-founded and sponsored by her husband John…

  • Sierra Leone writer and librarian Yema Lucilda Hunter has passed away

    Sierra Leone writer and librarian Yema Lucilda Hunter has passed away

    Sierra Leonean librarian, novelist, and biographer Yema Lucilda Hunter passed away in Accra, Ghana on Sunday, August 21, 2022. Yema Lucilda Caulker was born in Freetown, Sierra Leone on 15 July 1943 to Richard Edmund Kelfa-Caulker and Olivette Hannah Stuart. Her father was a diplomat and educationist became the first African principal of the Albert…

  • Short Story Day Africa Prize 2021 shortlist announced.

    Short Story Day Africa Prize 2021 shortlist announced.

    The shortlist for the Short Story Day Africa Prize 2021 has been announced today, Tuesday, May 4, 2021. Short Story Day Africa recognises short story writers across the continent while also helping to increase their skills sets with workshops. Their Short Story Africa Day Prize has been won by Adam El Shalakany (2018), Tochukwu Emmanuel…

  • Ishmael Beah’s ‘Little Family’ for One Read in April 2021.

    Ishmael Beah’s ‘Little Family’ for One Read in April 2021.

    Ishmael Beah’s novel Little Family is the offering of the One Read App for April 2021. One Read is a mobile application, brought to you by Nigeria’s Sterling Bank and Ouida Books, aimed at promoting writers, publishers and other players in the African book industry to create a community of readers. So far, readers have…

  • Short Story Day Africa Prize 2020 longlist announced.

    Short Story Day Africa Prize 2020 longlist announced.

    The longlist for the Short Story Day Africa Prize 2020 has been announced today, October 8, 2020. Short Story Day Africa recognises short story writers across the continent while also helping to increase their skills sets with workshops. The Short Story Africa Day prize has been won by Adam El Shalakany (2018), Tochukwu Emmanuel Okafor…

  • Ishmael Beah is New American Voices Award 2020 finalist.

    Ishmael Beah is New American Voices Award 2020 finalist.

    Ishmael Beah was announced a finalist for the Institute for Immigration Research New American Voices Award 2020 on August 5, 2020. Fall for the Book is an independent non-profit literary arts organization that promotes reading by sponsoring a variety of year-round events and activities based at George Mason University, USA. An important aspect of this…

  • Ishmael Beah’s newest novel “Little Family” launches at Politics and Prose.

    Ishmael Beah’s newest novel “Little Family” launches at Politics and Prose.

    Ishmael Beah’s newest novel Little Family launched virtually at the Politics and Prose bookstore in Washington, D.C., USA on April 28, 2020. The Sierra Leonean was streaming from Los Angeles. Ishmael Beah is an author and human rights activist who rose to fame because of his New York Times-bestselling memoir, A Long Way Gone. He…

  • A snapshot of Afrolit Sans Frontières Season 2.

    A snapshot of Afrolit Sans Frontières Season 2.

    Season 2 of Afrolit Sans Frontières was hosted by African writers from cities all over the world over the Internet from April 20-27, 2020. The Afrolit Sans Frontiers Virtual Literary Festival, an initiative by and for writers of African origin, started in March as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic international lockdown. The second edition…

  • Ishmael Beah at Afrolit Sans Frontières Season 2.

    Ishmael Beah at Afrolit Sans Frontières Season 2.

    Ishmael Beah rounded out Season 2 of Afrolit Sans Frontières on Instagram from Los Angeles, USA on Monday, April 27, 2020. He was hosted by Zukiswa Wanner. Afrolit Sans Frontières, an initiative by and for writers of African origin, started in March as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic international lockdown. Season 2, like the…

  • Brunel International African Poetry Prize 2020 shortlist announced.

    Brunel International African Poetry Prize 2020 shortlist announced.

    Six poets are on the Brunel International African Poetry Prize 2020 shortlist announced on March 30, 2020. The Brunel International African Poetry Prize was founded by Professor of Creative Writing at Brunel University London (and Booker Prize winner) Bernardine Evaristo to revitalise African poetry in 2012. The prize, worth 3,000 UK pounds to an unpublished…

  • Sierra Leonean academic and literary critic Prof Eldred Durosimi Jones has passed on.

    Sierra Leonean academic and literary critic Prof Eldred Durosimi Jones has passed on.

    Sierra Leonean academic and literary critic Prof Eldred Durosimi Jones passed away in Freetown, Sierra Leone on Saturday, March 21, 2020. Prof Eldred Durosimi Jones, born on January 6, 1925, was raised and educated in his native Sierra Leone before going on to stints in universities around Africa, the US, and the UK. He was…