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Parresia author, Chika Unigwe. Reparations: Should We Allow Big Oil to Invest in Arts and Culture? By Chika Unigwe  Keynote Address at the Writivism Festival 2015 [Delivered on the 19th of June 2015 by Richard Ali at Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda.]   Good evening ladies and gentlemen. It is an immense pleasure and honor for me to be here tonight, in one of my favorite cities – goat meat does not taste better anywhere else- and at an occasion celebrating literature.  Thank you to all who have made this possible. It has been wonderful to observe...

Maryam Bobi, author of the novella #Bongel In as much as the proponents of the pure school of art will pontificate art for art’s sake, literature cannot be wholesomely divorced from commitment. Achebe could not have put it more aptly when he stated that ‘The whole pattern of life demanded that one should protest, that you should put in a word for your history, your traditions, your religion, and so on.’ Consequently, it is nearly impossible for a woman writer who has had a firsthand experience of sexual inequalities...

  [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="123"] Jerry Alagbaoso[/caption]     8 Questions for Jerry Alagbaoso   “Satire does not hurt openly but it can hurt psychologically, if deep thinking is applied to its substance.”      Jerry Alagbaoso holds a B. Ed (Hons) History/Drama (subsidiary) and a Master’s in Adult Education, specializing in Industrial Relations, from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. He is a teacher, founding parent of a renowned secondary school, philanthropist and author. He has written over seven plays, namely Honourable Chairman, The First Lady, The Armchair Parents, His Excellency and the Siren, Signs and Wonders, Sorters and...

Our partners, the Kampala-based Babishai Niwe Poetry Foundation, chaired by Beverley Nambozo Nsengiyuvna, just released the Call for Submissions for the 2015 BN Poetry Award. It's open to all African Poets of all genders with $1000 in the sweet pot. Kenya's Tom Jalio won the 2014 Award. Parrésia COO, Richard Ali, is on the Board. See details below. Parrésia PRESS RELEASE-15 JANUARY 2015 2015 BN POETRY AWARD CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS The BN Poetry Foundation is pleased to bring yet another exhilarating, stimulating platform for African poets world-wide. We strongly believe in rewarding...

Richard Ali There is an increasing number of independent publishers, bloggers and content creators and writers collectives across the Continent showing a new way for African literature. Amongst these is the Jalada Writers Collective which was founded in Nairobi in 2012. Jalada just released their third Literature anthology yesterday and it's got poems by Parrésia author, Richard Ali, who is a collective member, in it. See his Facebook post below. Well done, Jalada! The Jalada 02: Afrofuture(s) anthology was launched at midnight in Nairobi yesterday at www.jalada.org . It's the third...

Our friends at the African Poetry Book Fund (APBF) have just launched a new Library in The Gambia, in partnership with Kadija Sesay's SABLE Lit Mag. We are proud of this initiative. It was opened yesterday. - Parrésia. Kadija Sesay, SABLE Lit Mag. Official Launch of The African Poetry Library, The Gambia It has taken a year of discussions, negotiations, preparations and meetings to make space for the library to bring it to fruition. We are pleased to announce the official opening of the ‘African Poetry Library, Gambia’ on Friday 9...

Parrésia is pleased to release the new cover for Abubakar Adam Ibrahim's highly regarded short story collection, The Whispering Trees. The title story of The Whispering Trees [Parrésia Books 2012], was shortlisted for the 2013 Caine Prize for African Writing. Abubakar is the 2013 Gabriel Garcia Marquez Fellow. New Cover: The Whispering Trees By Abubakar Adam Ibrahim The new edition will be released in the first quarter of 2015. Pre-order using the form HERE....

Bitstrip Azafi Omoluabi-Ogosi and Richard Ali warmly wish a happy new year to all #Parrésia authors, fans, supporters, and those who have bought into our three-year old dream of publishing quality books that keep Africa's words in trust, one paperback at a time. #2014 was a very tricky year for us, but we made it through. #2015 will see the release of new titles under the Parrésia Books imprint, a continuation of the exciting work going on at Origami Books and the release of Blessing Musarari's Cordite Books crime fiction...

Parrésia COO, Richard Ali, will be on a panel tomorrow in Abuja to discuss ways to transform the Creative Industries in Nigeria. The Panel, organised by the British Council, will seek to articulate strategies to transform the industry, including Publishing, in the age of E-. Parresia Author, Reward Nsirim, will also be on the panel along with Charles Novia, Ese Oraka, Wale Ewedemi and Dike Chukwumerije. It would be recalled that #TeamParresia won a #500,000 grant in the British Council's Culture Shift programme and is currently developing its solution,...

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