Africa39: New Writing from Africa south of the Sahara

By Ellah Wakatama Allfrey

In 2014, UNESCO's global booklet Capital is Port Harcourt, Nigeria-the first urban in Africa to obtain the designation by means of public bid.

This makes it a unique yr for the Port Harcourt booklet pageant, in order to be in its 7th yr, and larger than ever. they're becoming a member of forces with the the world over well known Hay pageant, for you to convey to Port Harcourt its 39 Project-a pageant to spot the thirty-nine such a lot promising younger abilities less than the age of 40 in sub-Saharan Africa and the diaspora. It follows the good fortune of Bogotá 39 in 2007 and Beirut 39 in 2010. either famous a couple of authors who now have overseas profiles: in Bogotá, Adriana Lisboa, Alejandro Zambra, Juan Gabriel Vásquez, Daniel Alarcón, and Junot Díaz; in Beirut, Randa Jarrar, Joumana Haddad, Abdellah Taia, Samar Yazbek, and Faiza Guene. In Nigeria this 12 months, the esteemed judges contain modern writer Margaret Busby; novelist and playwright Elechi Amadi,writer and student Osonye Tess Onwueme, and Caine Prize winner Binyavanga Wainaina.

For the second one time, Bloomsbury is venerated to be part of the festivities, publishing all over the world Africa39-a number of fresh paintings from those gifted thirty-nine.

With an creation by means of Wole Soyinka, Africa39 is a must-read for a person keen on Africa at the present time and Africa the next day to come, as estimated during the eyes of its brightest literary stars.

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