Join Afrikult. this weekend at Digital Blackness and Africa Writes 2017

Thursday, 29 June 2017

Watch out University of Sussex, we’re coming for you! Afrikult. will be chairing the panel The Digital Future of African Literature at the inaugural Digital Blackness conference on Friday 30 June. Our panel discussion will focus on three key areas: the rise and need for digital African literary publishing and platforms, who the digital readers are, and challenges digital African literary publishing and platforms face. Continue reading “Join Afrikult. this weekend at Digital Blackness and Africa Writes 2017”

Afrikult. at Africa Writes 2017, 30 June – 2 July, The British Library

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

We are gearing up for Africa Writes 2017 – the annual African literature festival extraordinaire hosted at the British Library by Royal African Society. Every year the festival attracts a large buzzing audience of readers, publishers, writers and organisations involved in the African literary genre. Continue reading “Afrikult. at Africa Writes 2017, 30 June – 2 July, The British Library”

Interview with Beatrice Lamwaka on Butterfly Dreams and Other Stories

Beatrice Lamwaka (born and raised in Alokolum, Gulu) is a Ugandan writer. She was shortlisted for the 2011 Caine Prize for her story “Butterfly Dreams”. She is the founder and director of the Arts Therapy Foundation,[ a non-profit organisation that provides psychological and emotional support through creative arts therapies. She is the general secretary of PEN Uganda Chapter and an executive member of the Uganda Reproduction Rights Organisation (URRO). She has served on the executive board of the Uganda Women Writers Association (FEMRITE), where she has been a member since 1998. Lamwaka’s writing has been translated into Spanish and Italian; she released her anthology of short stories Butterfly Dreams and Other Stories in 2016. Continue reading “Interview with Beatrice Lamwaka on Butterfly Dreams and Other Stories”

FEMRITE @ 20: A Cornerstone of Ugandan Literature

FEMRITE has been described as one of ‘the most organised literary initiatives in Africa promoting female authorship’ and we are inclined to agree. As a non-profit publisher of fiction and creative non-fiction, FEMRITE champions Ugandan women writers with their literary nurturing. Founded in 1996 by female academics and students lead by Mary Karooro Okurut at Makerere University, the organisation provides writers workshops, editorial services, training, writers residencies and a resource centre with space to work in. It supports young writers and encourages reading for pleasure; Continue reading “FEMRITE @ 20: A Cornerstone of Ugandan Literature”

Interview with Nakisanze Segawa on her novel ‘The Triangle’

 

Nakisanze Segawa

Nakisanze Segawa was born in the Luwero Triangle, Uganda. She is both a fiction writer and a Luganda performance poet. Her poetry and short stories have been published by Jalada and FEMRITE. Nakisanze is a contributor to both the Daily Monitor and Global Press Journal.

A. What was your motivation in writing this novel?

N.S I always thought that Buganda has interesting stories to tell but I also thought that Kabaka Mwanga was a fascinating person… I came across an article that told me his age, he was a teenager when he came to the thrown, and that triggered me into wondering what I would have done if I had been in his shoes, but also what his subjects at the time thought, and the challenges he had from every side Continue reading “Interview with Nakisanze Segawa on her novel ‘The Triangle’”

Jalada Mobile Literary & Arts Festival in Kampala

By Zaahida Nabagereka

Paul Omara & Daniel Omara at Jalada Africa’s Mobile Literary & Arts Festival, March 2017

In March 2017 Jalada Africa embarked on its first Mobile Literary and Arts Festival, visiting five countries (Kenya, DRC, Uganda, Rwanda and Tanzania) and twelve locations (Nairobi, Nakuru, Kisumu, Mombasa Kampala, Kabale, Goma, Kigali, Mwanza, Arusha, Dar es Salaam, Zanzibar). Not only does the range of activities reflected in the programme illustrate the creativity of the visited regions but also demonstrates a comprehensive attempt at inclusivity. From panel discussions to performances to book stalls, there was something for everyone, with particular attention paid to language and orality.

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Bite-size Review: The Triangle | Nakisanze Segawa

AFRIKULT.’S OVERALL RATING:

The Triangle | Nakisanze Segawa

Published this year Nakisanze Segawa’s The Triangle is a work of historical fiction that will leave you wanting more. Set in the Kingdom of Buganda in the late 1800s the story centres on life at the royal palace. Segawa skilfully makes us privy to the varied and complex relationships played out between the young Kabaka (king) Mwanga II, his wives, his courtiers and the foreigners in his kingdom, European missionaries and Arab merchants. Segawa meticulously researched historical archives in the process of writing this book and it really shows; from Continue reading “Bite-size Review: The Triangle | Nakisanze Segawa”