Driven by social justice, he showed that all people are capable of both good and evil.
Married couple Woppa Diallo and Mame Bougouma Diene won for their powerful short story A Soul of Small Places.
Variations of English names reveal the enduring effects of British rule - but there’s also a return to tradition.
Digital platforms have birthed a new school of writers and activists in Nigeria and Kenya.
A Spell of Good Things powerfully explores polygamy, patriarchy, political corruption and poverty.
From domestic worker to matriarch of South African literature, the book is a reflection on her writing journey.
The Camões Prize is the most important award for Portuguese literature, and Paulina Chiziane is the first African woman to receive it.
The activist and writer has been erased from South Africa’s history - but new academic work seeks to restore his voice.
Novelist Petina Gappah’s call for translators on Facebook has resulted in the publication of Chimurenga Chemhuka.
A commanding presence on the global literary stage, Ama Ata Aidoo was a powerful feminist voice with a prolific output.
His books bring north Africa into conversation with sub-Saharan Africa about lived queer experiences.
Born 100 years ago this year, Africa’s most legendary filmmaker - and a prolific novelist -remains relevant through his beautifully crafted political works.
Playing out in an animal kingdom, Glory is a devastating political commentary on Zimbabwe today.
Indigenous knowledge, African languages, queer rights and Afrofuturism are some of the issues discussed in the new book.
Banned 45 years ago, and its author detained, the Gikuyu language play Ngaahika Ndeenda profoundly shaped the literary legend.
Abundantly talented and flawed, apartheid-era writer Can Themba wasn’t afraid to put his body on the line for a story.
Ama Ata Aidoo recognises the differences between humans and the existence of a history in which some humans are dehumanised.
Female Fear Factory by Pumla Dineo Gqola sees gender violence as a sophisticated ecosystem kept alive by socially manufactured fear.
Set in the music wars of Lesotho, the new novel by the South African author tells of a wandering minstrel whose hit song leads to his downfall.
Tanzania might be in the news for producing East Africa’s first Nobel laureate for literature, but there are other compelling authors that also merit attention.