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The 2017 edition of the Farafina Trust writing workshop will not hold following “abrupt” withdrawal of its sponsorship by the Nigerian Breweries. Chimamanda Adichie, the convener of the annual workshop, made this known in a statement on Tuesday. She said the company had withdrawn its sponsorship of the workshop, which would have entered its tenth year. Since April, there had been speculation as to whether the event would hold given that there had so far been no call for applications. The development, though, is a temporary setback.
My commitment to the growth of our voices has not wavered. Nor has the commitment of those who have worked to make this decade-long endeavour the success that it has been. We will take this time off to establish a new organisation and structure that will provide a more stable foundation for the workshop and other initiatives. From the initial reaction of potential sponsors and partners, we are optimistic about the future. My thanks and best wishes to all those who have made enquiries about applying for this year’s workshop. The workshop will be back next year.
She, however, promised that the workshop would be back next year.
I am sorry to announce that the Farafina Trust Writing Workshop will be unable to hold this year, which would have been its tenth year,” the statement read. Our sponsor, Nigerian Breweries PLC (NB PLC), abruptly withdrew their sponsorship due to a need to streamline their expenditure. NB PLC has had a half-decade relationship with the workshop and I thank them for encouraging the development of literary talent in Nigeria and Africa.
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Jowhor Ile emerges winner of 2016 Etisalat Prize for Literature with his debut novel And After Many Days, thus making him the first Nigeria to win the prestigious award. The winner was announced at the award ceremony hosted by sponsors Etisalat on the 20th of May, 2017 at the Federal Palace Hotel, Victoria Island.

Jowhor Ile’s book, And After Many Nights, brings love’s fierceness and delicateness to the fore with emotion-packed punches that one is unable to ignore.
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Nigerian fiction writer, Ojay Aito, announces the launch of his debut novel ‘Night Of A Red Moon’ for the 18th of June, 2017.  The novel, a historical thriller set in Ago-Iwoye, a little town on the edge of Ogun state, Nigeria, focuses on the socio-political drama that ensued between the indigenes and the students of the town’s premier tertiary institution – Olabisi Onabanjo University exactly twelve (12) years ago. “It took God six days to create the world. It took me three years to create one night. One red moon-night,” says the author in a recent interview. “Every day we breathe, we live our lives like normal people. Yes we are normal people, but with an experience that has lived with us for twelve years, and scars we will bear till our last breath,” says Wale, a victim of the massacre. “It’s been twelve years now. Wow, twelve years. I miss Yemisi,” says another bereaved victim. Night of A Red Moon was created from an epic straw of undocumented history, bringing to life the pain, pleasure and power of a people who although now dispersed across the world, remain bound by the experiences of a certain moon-night. Against a backdrop of cultural inheritance, it narrates how human relationships transform in the heat of a dire moment. SYNOPSIS Femi, a university student has been killed by overzealous men of the Oodua People’s Congress in the little town of Ago-Iwoye, sending a cloud of fear and uncertainty over it. But it is the retaliatory violence which begins as a ‘peaceful protest’ that turns the town into a war zone, leaving the king dethroned, his palace in flames and innocent students at the mercy of enraged indigenes. There is bloodshed, rape and more bloodshed that envelopes the night, even as four friends and their girls, attempt to see the night out, including pen-lovers, Tubor and Temmy, whose first meeting quickly becomes a desperate survival adventure. They would soon discover that they had only been pawns in a big chess game, and that sadly, many of them, try as they may, would not make it to the light of the morning… Night of a Red Moon is a gripping debut novel that would send your pulses racing, and put you in places you would rather safely imagine. ABOUT OJAY AITO Ojay Aito writes fast-paced thrillers which revolve around current religious, social, and economic issues in Nigeria and Africa. His popular unpublished comedy series ‘Life of a Barrack Boy’ is one work of fiction that has featured in more than a dozen literary blogs, acclaiming him as one of Nigeria’s most adaptable writers; with the atypical enthralling series ‘Two Lives And A Soul’ (a futuristic sci-fi) taking the notch one level higher. Ojay lives with his family in Lagos, Nigeria.
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Etisalat has announced its call for entries to the 2016 edition of the Pan-African Prize, Etisalat Prize for Literature. This is coming just a few months after the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Fiston Mwanza Mujila won the 2015 edition of the Prize with his first novel, Tram 83.

Chief Executive Officer, Etisalat Nigeria, Matthew Willsher, who made this disclosure on Wednesday at a press briefing in Lagos, also announced the Judging Panel for the 2016 Etisalat Prize. The panel comprises Nigerian novelist and poet, Helon Habila, as the Chair of Judges, South African writer and activist Elinor Sisulu and Ivorian writer, Edwige Rene Dro as members. The Chair of judges was present at the briefing as well as two of the Prize Patrons: renowned literary icon, Prof. Kole Omotoso and awards-winning author, Dele Olojede. Mr. Willsher, while speaking about the uniqueness of the Etisalat Prize, said it is designed to serve as a leading platform for the discovery and encouraging of creative writing talents as well as the celebration of literary arts by African writers.
“We are delighted to champion the cause for celebrating the richness and strength of African literature. Etisalat Prize for Literature is about discovering and bringing to the world stage the many creative talent Africa boasts of. The Etisalat Prize is about creativity, excellence, empowerment and reward; it is about celebrating our African diversity in very innovative ways through various forms of art, literature being one of them”, he said. Willsher added that only books by debutant writers published not later than 24 months before submission, will qualify for entry. “They must also be by registered publishing houses not less than six years as incorporated publishers with registered ISBN Number or the equivalent, and who must have published a minimum of six authors. All entries should be accompanied by seven copies of the book entered along with an acceptance of our publicity terms. A publisher may submit a maximum of three books.
The rules and guidelines for entry are available at prize.etisalat.com.ng, he said.
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Mainland Book Café invites submissions for the 2016 volume of the chapbook collective in Poetry, Fiction and Visual Arts. Submission closes: 20th June 2016 Send your submissions to mainlandbookcafe@gmail.com Submission Guidelines
  1. Fiction should not be more than 3000 words original writing, along with a short biographical statement (100 words max).
  2. Poetry should be original and properly formatted, along with a short biographical statement (100 words max).
  3. Visual arts can be drawing, painting, photography works. Send along with a short biographical statement (100 words max).
  4. There is not genre restriction and multiple submission is allowed.
Successful submissions will be notified via email and the writers contacted  after the submission window closes. *****
In case you missed it: Mainland Book Cafe unveiled Mashup #1
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The Man Booker International Prize has revealed the shortlist of six books in contention for the 2016 Prize, celebrating the finest in global fiction. Each shortlisted author and translator will receive £1,000, while the £50,000 prize will be divided equally between the author and the translator of the winning entry. The 2016 Man Booker International Shortlist  Title (imprint) Author (nationality) Translator (nationality) A General Theory of Oblivion (Harvill Secker), José Eduardo Agualusa (Angola), Daniel Hahn (UK) The Story of the Lost Child (Europa Editions), Elena Ferrante (Italy), Ann Goldstein (USA) The Vegetarian (Portobello Books), Han Kang (South Korea), Deborah Smith (UK) A Strangeness in My Mind (Faber & Faber), Orhan Pamuk (Turkey), Ekin Oklap (Turkey) A Whole Life (Picador), Robert Seethaler (Austria), Charlotte Collins (UK) The Four Books (Chatto & Windus), Yan Lianke  (China), Carlos Rojas (USA) Settings range from war-torn Angola to Naples terrorised by the Camorra, from the mountains of Austria to the growing sprawl of Istanbul and from metamorphosis in South Korea to allegorical transformation during the Great Famine in China.   READ MORE HERE   [color-box] Ayomidotun is an all-round creative mind, visual storyteller and ex-geek. Learning all the rules and breaking everyone of them. Follow him on twitter @IamAyomiDotun [/color-box]
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The Etisalat Prize for Literature 2015 award ceremony will hold on March 19, 2016 at Intercontinental Hotel, Lagos. Here’s what you need to know about the 3 amazing African writers in the finale:   Penny Busetto – The Story of Anna P, as Told by Herself Penny Busetto is a South African born writer who studied, lived and worked in Italy for about twenty years before returning to settle in Cape Town in 1996. She is the author of the novel, The Story of Anna P, as Told by Herself, which won the European Union Literary Award in 2013 and the University of Johannesburg prize for English in 2015. Associated with the Department of English Language and Literature at the University of Cape Town where she is currently working on an interdisciplinary doctorate, she also has a deep interest in Philosophy, Psychoanalysis, Psychiatry and History.   Rehana Rossouw – What Will People Say? Rehana Rossouw was born and rooted in Cape Town, but is currently in self-imposed exile in Johannesburg. She has been a journalist for three decades and has also taught journalism and creative writing. She has a Master’s in Creative Writing from Wits University.   Fiston Mwanza Mujila – Tram 83 Fiston Mwanza Mujila was born in 1981 in Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of Congo, where he studied Literature and Human Sciences at Lubumbashi University. He now lives in Graz, Austria and is pursuing a PhD in Romance Languages. His writing has been awarded with numerous prizes, including the Gold Medal at the 6th Jeux de la Francophonie in Beirut as well as the Best Text for Theater (State Theater, Mainz) in 2010. His poems, prose works, and plays are reactions to the political turbulence that has come in the wake of the independence of the Congo and its effect on day-to-day life.   The eventual winner of this year’s Etisalat Prize for Literature will receive £15,000, and a high-end mobile device, as well as a sponsored tour to three African cities. The winning writer will also embark on the Etisalat Fellowship at the University of East Anglia mentored by Professor Giles Foden (author of The Last King of Scotland), which will include significant opportunities to meet other writers, publishers and most importantly work on a second book. CbQlZrkWcAA3Heh [color-box] Ayomidotun is an all-round creative mind, visual storyteller and ex-geek. Learning all the rules and breaking everyone of them. Follow him on twitter @IamAyomiDotun [/color-box]
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Every stories & series was a hit, back to back! from For Days and A Night, to Saving Dapo, to For Want of a Child… (well you get my point). Seun Odukoya is back, with another exciting one – BOOOOOM! In what can be considered as a studio leak online, we serve you the poster for Booooom! Watch this space fro more info.
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Channels TV Book Club shared their list of top 15 Nigerian books in 2015. The list contained books published within December 2014 – December 2015, and covers the category of prose, memoirs, business, politicsccccc, biography and more. What do you think about the list? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.   [color-box] Ayomidotun Freeborn is an all-round creative mind, visual storyteller and ex-geek. Learning all the rules and breaking everyone of them. Follow him on twitter @iamayomidotun [/color-box]
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A very special show lined up to celebrate the last Afropolitan Vibes show of 2015, which will take place on Friday December 18th, 2015. According to the organisers, this edition was initially billed to be headlined by the Afro-Juju maestro SIR SHINA PETERS, but due to some logistics he has been rescheduled for the January 2016 edition. Joining Bantu on the main stage at Freedom park will be afropolitan-favourite and the son of a carpenter, BRYMO; Hiphop artist NAETO C and singer/songwriter AYO AWOSIKA. Expect great music, palm wine, a great party atmosphere and a few surprises as well. 12342361_799666383478246_7914561566778623224_n
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