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Today, the 28th of March, marks the birthday of the poet known as Amu Nnadi. His third collection of poetry, through the window of a sandcastle, was published by Parrésia (Origami Books, 2013) and was short listed for the $100,000 Nigeria Prize for Literature in the same year. It, later that year, won the Association of Nigerian Author's Prize for Poetry. Caine Prize winning author, Rotimi Babatunde, has this to say about Amu Nnadi's poetry: "The hallmarks of amu nnadi’s nuanced artistry. . . include the poet’s virtuosic handling...

Writivism, the phenomenally successful online short story mentorship platform of the Kampala-based Centre for African Cultural Excellence (CACE), now in its second year, has just announced Judges for its 2014 Short Story Competition. Amongst the judges is Abubakar Adam Ibrahim, a journalist with Nigeria's Sunday Trust Newspaper. His story, The Whispering Trees, was short listed for the 2013 Caine Prize for African Writing and he won the 2007 BBC African Performance Prize. His debut collection of short stories, The Whispering Trees, was published in Nigeria by Parrésia Books...

Chika Unigwe, Nigerian-born novelist and author of the NLNG Prize winning novel, On Black Sisters Street, has recently been at the forefront of confronting racism in the Belgian media (De Morgen). Her third novel, Night Dancer, is available in Nigeria from Parrésia Books. 'The second fact is that there is a certain level of racial dementia in Belgium. There is an inability to judge what is racially offensive and what is not. Belgium has never confronted its colonial past and has therefore never moved on from it. There...

Molara Wood, author of Indigo (Parrésia Books 2013), was recently interviewed in the Sunday Trust newspaper by Abubakar Adam Ibrahim. Abubakar's The a Whispering Trees was published in 2012 by Parrésia Books. Molara Wood: 'Magical Realism has a past, a present and a future in literature. The great Latin American authors, especially Alejo Carpentier who first articulated the concept of “lo real maravilloso” (the marvellous real), saw Magical Realism as an expression of the reality of their world, where life was and remains magically real. They were writing...

Artmosphere, a leading literary, arts and performance parley curated by WriteHouse Collective has consistently provided the needed ambience for literary, creative and intellectual empowerment in Nigeria. This special edition of Artmosphere tagged Artmosphere with Great Minds will play host to two outstanding and consistent Nigerian authors, Chuma Nwokolo, author of short stories collections, and Remi Raji, poet laurete and shortlist of the NLNG Prize for Literature. Both authors will be discussing issues of governance, socio-political existence and their individual creative processes at the event. These authors will be interacting...

Parrésia author, Abubakar Adam Ibrahim, was recently interviewed by Siyanda Mohutsiwa in South Africa's Mail & Guardian. The eponymous story from his debut short story collection, The Whispering Trees (Parrésia Books 2012) was short listed for the 2013 Caine Prize for African Writing. He is a Gabriel Garcia Marquez Fellow. </ 'I don't think there is a universal accord on what the purpose of African literature is, or the literature of any people or nation for that matter. Literature is relative and always will be, and the purpose for producing...

Molara Wood (c) T. Y. BelloIn a series of one-on-one questions, Jamila Brown gathers impressions from the authors of our new books--Molara Wood [Indigo; Parresia 2013] and Chika Unigwe [Night Dancer; Parresia 2013]. #enjoy #comment and #share Jamila Brown: Hello Molara. You have been a member of the Nigerian literati for a very long time and are considered a member of the “Third Generation” of writers, yet your debut collection of short stories is only just coming out. Why the long delay? Can you give us a...

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