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Welcome to Zukiswa Wanner’s official website!

Zukiswa Wanner is a South African writer, editor, and publisher born in Zambia, raised in Zimbabwe and currently based in Kenya but who considers the whole African continent her home. Her debut novel, The Madams (2006), was shortlisted for the 2007 K.Sello Duiker Award in 2007. Her third novel Men of the South (2010) was shortlisted for the Commonwealth …

Beata Umubyeyi Mairesse now on Audible’s “Afrolit Now” series.

Beata Umubyeyi Mairesse’s Consolata is the latest offering at Audible’s “Afrolit Now” starting on December 30, 2021. Get it by clicking here. Afrolit Now is a new series I am curating of short stories from six African writers in conjunction with Audible. Inspired by Afrolit Sans Frontières, the virtual literary festival I founded the Afrolit …

December 4: Nokuthula Mazibuko Msimang’s “The Daughters of Nandi” Joburg pre-launch.

Paivapo Publishers welcomes you to the pre-launch of Nokuthula Mazibuko Msimang’s debut novel The Daughters of Nandi, at the Book Circle Capital on Saturday, December 4. at 2pm. Nokuthula Mazibuko Msimang is a South African writer, academic, producer and broadcaster who has published six books for young readers. The writer this year made her step …

Abubakar Adam Ibrahim now on Audible’s “Afrolit Now” series.

Abubakar Adam Ibrahim’s A Love Like This is now available at Audible’s “Afrolit Now” series starting on December 30, 2021. Get it by clicking here. Afrolit Now is a new series I am curating of short stories from six African writers in conjunction with Audible. Inspired by Afrolit Sans Frontières, the virtual literary festival I …

October 29: Ake Arts & Book Festival 2021 #AkeFest21

The Ake Arts & Book Festival, popularly known as the Ake Festival, has been running in Nigeria since 2012. Lovers of books and the arts attend book readings, panel discussions, poetry recitals, film screenings, theatre and music performances and lots more over the week of the festival. The festival this year has the theme “Generational …

Troy Onyango kicks off Audible’s “Afrolit Now.”

Today marks the beginning of Audible’s Afrolit Now. A series I am curating of short stories from six African writers. The more downloads we have of it, the more I am likely to be able to do a second season and bring in more short stories from different African writers so please download and convince …

October 16: Pa Gya! A Literary Festival 2021

Pa Gya! A Literary Festival was first hosted by the Writers Project of Ghana and the Goethe-Institut in 2017. Its name Pa Gya! comes from the Twi word meaning “to lift up” or “to strike flame” and it was aimed at igniting passion for the literary arts. After hosting writers from within Ghana and across …

October 9: Virtually Yours with Nadifa Mohamed

I continue “Virtually Yours” my partnership with Goethe-Institut Namibia, a series of online discussions with contemporary authors from Africa. “Virtually Yours” aims to create an online platform for avid readers, writers, academics, publishers, agents, and anyone else interested in literature by writers from Africa. The series of online discussions held once a month from October …

October 6: African Literature and Publishing Platforms with Stanford University

From brick-and-mortar libraries to virtual magazines, cultural institutions provide vital infrastructure for the promotion of African literature. As audiences for African literature continue to grow, African creatives are pursuing increasingly innovative ways to celebrate local talent and foster global reading communities. Join us for a panel featuring three powerhouse figures in the literary world—Edwige-Renée Dro, …