Books

On Becoming Toke Makinwa And Ghostwriting A Book

On Becoming Toke Makinwa And Ghostwriting A Book

Toke Makinwa has written a new book. Except maybe she hasn’t. It all depends on what the definition of “written” is. On Becoming” the memoir by Media personality Toke Makinwa was launched on Sunday of November 27th 2016 at an intimate gathering held at The Wheatbaker Hotel, ...

Damilola Awosusi

January 7th, 2017

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How To Write a Book – Minnas Tekeste Tell His Story

How To Write a Book – Minnas Tekeste Tell His Story

Are you looking for how to write a book? Then you are in the right place. You are welcome to another Konnect Africa interview. How are you doing? Today’s interview is with an horticulturist who doubles as a passionate writer and author. He is an Author of literary ...

Damilola Awosusi

September 12th, 2016

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First Caine Prize Winner Leila Aboulela & a Few Lessons We Can Learn From This Author

First Caine Prize Winner Leila Aboulela & a Few Lessons We Can Learn From This Author

Cairo, Egypt: 1964 Leila Aboulela  was born. The daughter of  an Egyptian mother and a Sudanese father. In a few decades, she would break the myth that you cannot do your best on your first try; as a writer or in any other industry. Her very first short story, ‘The ...

Jennifer Nkem-Eneanya

August 27th, 2015

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9 Year Old Nigerian Girl Writes a Book on Terrorism: Her Name – Splendour Joe King

9 Year Old Nigerian Girl Writes a Book on Terrorism: Her Name – Splendour Joe King

The routine of a nine-year-old girl in the days we live in is not far from the following – watching Disney Channel, dressing her dolls, helping her parents with some chores at home and possibly doing her homework, but a certain nine-year old by the name of Splendour ...

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August 11th, 2015

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Mulenga Kapwepwe- Zambia’s Queen of the Arts, Creating a Reading Revolution in Africa.

Mulenga Kapwepwe- Zambia’s Queen of the Arts, Creating a Reading Revolution in Africa.

Mulenga Mpundu Kapwepwe grew up a curious and daring young lady; always ready to offer suggestions and proffer solutions to the challenges of her country people. Her orientation and background as the daughter of the former Zambian Vice-president may have contributed a great ...

Lovelyn Okafor

August 7th, 2015

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Inua Ellams: Why He Chose Poetry & How to be an Award-Winning Performance Artist, Poet & Playwright

Inua Ellams: Why He Chose Poetry & How to be an Award-Winning Performance Artist, Poet & Playwright

My father respected my work after he saw a man older than him queue for my book  ~Inua Ellams. And while you might think that’s not a parenting goal, he does not. According to him, “I love my father and he wants the best for me. He always has. I would be more ...

Jennifer Nkem-Eneanya

July 16th, 2015

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Segun Afolabi: On Writing, the Caine Prize and being a Critically Neglected Nigerian Migrant Writer

Segun Afolabi: On Writing, the Caine Prize and being a Critically Neglected Nigerian Migrant Writer

Nigeria has more than its fair share of amazing authors and one-time Caine Prize winner and two-time Caine Prize nominee, Segun Afolabi ranks highly on that list even though he has not published as many books as his contemporaries have. As a matter of fact,  he was shocked ...

Jennifer Nkem-Eneanya

July 1st, 2015

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Binyavanga Wainaina is an Interesting Character. Find Out More About Him Here

Binyavanga Wainaina is an Interesting Character. Find Out More About Him Here

Binyavanga Wainaina is quite an interesting character. For one, he is an excellent writer. He won the Caine Prize for African writing in 2002 for his short story, “Discovering Home.” In 2005, his satirical essay, “How to write about Africa”, was published, garnering ...

Carey Baraka

June 23rd, 2015

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10 things you should know about Professor Helon Habila, the Multiple Award-winning Author

10 things you should know about Professor Helon Habila, the Multiple Award-winning Author

Nigerian author, Helon Habila is a man of many firsts. Born in Kaltungo, Gombe State, Nigeria, he completed his secondary education in Kaltungo in 1984 and attempted to train as an Engineer at the Tafawa Balewa University in Bauchi, and at the Bauchi College of Arts and ...

Jennifer Nkem-Eneanya

May 6th, 2015

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Efemia Chela: Half Ghanaian, Half Zambian Plus a Dash of Storytelling!

Efemia Chela: Half Ghanaian, Half Zambian Plus a Dash of Storytelling!

Efema Chela’s diverse genealogy has worked well for her as she journeys through the world of literati. Born November 16, 1991 in Chikankata, Zambia, she grew up in England, Ghana, Botswana and South Africa, courtesy of parents’ whose work  made relocation a ...

Jennifer Nkem-Eneanya

April 22nd, 2015

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Alain Mabanckou: Professor, Novelist, Iconoclast, Knight

Alain Mabanckou: Professor, Novelist, Iconoclast, Knight

Africa as an entity faces a boat-load of challenges, struggles and obstacles; but don’t you ever believe that these challenges are totally unique to this continent or that it has stopped Africans from thriving in a myriad of industries. The world of literature is inundated ...

Jennifer Nkem-Eneanya

November 20th, 2014

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Laila Lalami: North Africa’s Literary Genius!

Laila Lalami: North Africa’s Literary Genius!

Although she has been labelled as the writer who is ‘doing for North Africa what Chimamanda Adichie did for West Africa,’ she is quick to disprove this. In her words, “I don’t think a single writer can or should be given the responsibility to represent an ...

Jennifer Nkem-Eneanya

July 31st, 2014

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Professor Nadia Chafik; Author, Lecturer, Propagating Moroccan Literature

Professor Nadia Chafik; Author, Lecturer, Propagating Moroccan Literature

Africa is a huge continent, and so you must forgive us if we seem to neglect some countries whilst others are daily vaunted. Of course, we are well aware that stars in every sphere of industry dwell in every nook and cranny of this gifted continent and we celebrate another ...

Jennifer Nkem-Eneanya

July 15th, 2014

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Dinaw Mengetsu; Talented Novelist, Freelance Journalist; Writer!

Dinaw Mengetsu; Talented Novelist, Freelance Journalist; Writer!

Writers Rule. Ethiopia would lay proud claim to the 36 year-old award-winning novelist and freelance journalist, Dinaw Mengetsu. The author of three novels, he has written for Rolling Stone on the war in Darfur, and for Jane Magazine on the conflict in northern Uganda. ...

Jennifer Nkem-Eneanya

May 14th, 2014

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Teju Cole: Innovative Disrupter, Author, Essayist…He Just Thinks Differently!

Teju Cole: Innovative Disrupter, Author, Essayist…He Just Thinks Differently!

Not afraid to be contrary; to go against the tide; to question and even dismiss the popular flow of thought; a disrupter… Those are the words that quickly come to mind as I read about, research and engage in deciphering the person of Teju Cole. A Nigerian-American, Teju Cole

Jennifer Nkem-Eneanya

May 12th, 2014

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Francis Nmeribe – The Early Retirement Specialist

Francis Nmeribe – The Early Retirement Specialist

  “Every young African should take a personal responsibility to find his or her purpose in life, envision greatness, work the work required to achieve one’s purpose and greatness in life and never ever spend a second thinking about any entitlement as a result of their birth,

Lovelyn Okafor

December 31st, 2013

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Nana Awere Damoah- The Bourgeoning Writer and Master Storyteller

Nana Awere Damoah- The Bourgeoning Writer and Master Storyteller

Nana Awere Damoah has become a name to be reckoned with in writing. One can almost not keep pace with his steady and undisturbed rise in African literature. The progress in his writing career parallels the progress that African literature has made in recent times; a steady ...

Lovelyn Okafor

December 12th, 2013

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On Poet Oswald Mbuyiseni Mtshali; When Night Fell in Soweto

On Poet Oswald Mbuyiseni Mtshali; When Night Fell in Soweto

It is all well and good to celebrate young, vibrant and amazing Africans who are determined to become a force to reckon with in their spheres of influence, however…we must also not forget that the foundations on which we build were laid by men now greying and sage; men like ...

Jennifer Nkem-Eneanya

October 24th, 2013

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Tsitsi Dangarembga: The Record-Setting Zimbabwean Novelist & Filmmaker

Tsitsi Dangarembga: The Record-Setting Zimbabwean Novelist & Filmmaker

She is a phenomenal woman; a woman who will be remembered, long after this generation has done its bit and moved on. Tsitsi will never be forgotten in the annals of Zimbabwean history because of the records she has set; like Graca Machel, she is a woman of many firsts. ...

Jennifer Nkem-Eneanya

September 12th, 2013

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NoViolet Bulawayo: An Author Deserving of a Standing Ovation…

NoViolet Bulawayo: An Author Deserving of a Standing Ovation…

Who can capture the sweetness and rhythms of life, but the steady pen of a writer? Who can depict the agonies, the depth of degradation, and the perverse leanings of a man’s heart but the ever flowing words that are birthed as the keyboard clatters on? How would we keep ...

Jennifer Nkem-Eneanya

July 11th, 2013

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Ngugi Wa Thiong’o- The Writer with Soul

Ngugi Wa Thiong’o- The Writer with Soul

Over the years, Africa has produced great literary icons in drama, prose and even poetry. An attempt to name every one of these great men will be likened to an attempt to embark on a journey that clearly has no end. Well, this is just my way of saying that the list may be ...

Lovelyn Okafor

July 2nd, 2013

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Sefi Atta; The Prolific, Award-Winning Writer and Playwright

Sefi Atta; The Prolific, Award-Winning Writer and Playwright

I always thought she was Ghanaian and it came as quite a shock to realize she was Nigerian; no matter though, we are all Africans!!! Sefi Atta was born in 1964 in Lagos, Nigeria to Abdul-Aziz Atta -who was the Secretary to the Federal Government of Nigeria and Head of the ...

Jennifer Nkem-Eneanya

May 30th, 2013

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Chimamanda Adichie; A Nobel-Laureate-In-The-Making

Chimamanda Adichie; A Nobel-Laureate-In-The-Making

I read her compilation of short stories ‘That Thing Around Your Neck’ and I became fired up to publish my compilation of short stories and poems…which I did; it is titled ‘Golden Apples in A Silver Basket’ and I owe the initial drive for it to Chimamanda Adichie…a little ...

Jennifer Nkem-Eneanya

April 10th, 2013

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