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Afrikult. presents the three-part event series Words that Travel which aims to showcase the wonderful and rich diversity within the African literary genre. Running throughout 2016, each event focuses on particular mediums and traditions of African literature. Check out the latest events. [find out more here]

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In Defence of African Literature! By Henry Brefo
Every so often the debate on African literature redraws the discursive boundaries in attempt to either redefine or reinforce what African literature is or should be?…[Read more]

Who Named the Continent? By Marcelle Mateki AkitaWho Named The Continent - MA
There is no denying that when Africa is mentioned an image or sense of familiarity hits each and every one of us. Concerns towards the state of Africa transcend fixed geographical contours on the globe…[Read more]

In Search of Cultural Literacy, Not Orthodoxy. By Pede Hollist
“Black is not a colour; it’s a state of mind,” so Caucasian Wesley from Grenada retorts when Ghana-born and Hampstead-England-raised Faye Bonsu declares his race disqualifies him from lecturing her about the mental…[Read more]

web-banners-new2 (1)Say What! Where are the Black writers from Portuguese Africa?
By Yovanka Paquete PerdigaoLusophone Africa pic- Yova
Known writers of Lusophone Africa tend to be descendants of white Portuguese who settled during the eve of colonialism. Their contributions to Lusophone literature, is only matched by their commitment to the anti-colonial struggles…[Read more]

Frances Mensah WilliamsFrom Pasta to Pigfoot; An interview with Frances Mensah Williams
Frances Mensah Williams has bedazzled high street book retailers, with readers buzzing like bees to honey in light of the arrival of her début novel…[Read more]

 

Interview with Irenosen Okojie
Irenosen OkojieWitty, shy and quirky were the three words that came to mind upon meeting Irenosen Okojie. Her début novel Butterfly fish, found its way to my desk- unannounced. Replacing my customary pick- me- up, I was intoxicated by its rich imaginative ardour…[Read more]

 

Straight Talk; Obinna UdenweObinna Undewe 2
Since reading Satans and Shaitans, the name Obinna Udenwe has stuck in my mind. I have often wondered whether this was largely down to the novel’s cinematic quality- unfolding chapters of crime plots, snappy cliffhangers…[Read more]

Afrikult. Highlites

Vote for Afrikult.’s 2015 Book of the Year SLAM!
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Afrikult. at Africa Writes 2015
At Africa Writes 2014, Afrikult. joined an eclectic melange of poets, academics and writers to explore the beauty of African literature in the mother tongue. Afrikult presented on the Africa in Translation: Poetry in (e)motion panel (check out the mix cloud…[Read more]

#AfrikultWAL
We at Afrikult. are devoted toAfrikultWAL Poster getting the literatures and publications by Africans widely promoted but we recognise that we cannot do this by ourselves – we need YOU! We want to know what you are currently reading…[Read more]

Testimonials from our outreach workshops

– Participants from Mapping African Literature (age group 18 – 24)

I think it was good to start off the workshop with the history utilising the term ‘scramble for Africa’ but this topic area probably would have needed not just the whole workshop session but a couple of others to really delve in. It was good to give a snapshot to start it off.

I thought it was a great opening theme for the whole workshop, it provided some context and I thought that good texts and quotes were used to illustrate the theme and spark discussion.

Enjoyed the questions we discussed

I liked the ending to this workshop as it gave the opportunity for us as participants to no longer be the ‘outsiders’ looking in to the books and characters but to suddenly become the protagonists by considering how we related to each quote and what it meant to us

– Participants from Mapping West African Literature (age group 13 – 15 years)

It was really nice and I learned a lot. I am going to read Things Fall Apart.

It was a really good workshop because it allowed our voices to be heard. Another point it was relatable to me in a sense even though I am not of African heritage.

The workshop was highly interactive and everybody was able to participate and have an opinion.

Really thought-provoking. My Year 10’s felt quite overwhelmed to start with. I thought you got a load out of them!