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Event: Performance of "The Immigrant" London July 3 2016

The Immigrant by Joy Gharoro- Akpojotor is a provocative play that explores what the world would look like if Africa was the most powerful continent in the World

Set in 2116, Oliver, a Brit seeking asylum in the African Union is in detention. Here he pleads his case to Usman, an African border official, who isn’t fond of immigrants. What ensues is a battle of words and stories neither is truly prepared for.

Part of Africa Writes, a vibrant programme of events showcasing the best new writing from across the continent and the Diaspora.

In association with the Royal African Society

Posted on: Tue 24 May 2016 | Category: events

Event: On Being a Woman Writer: Nawal El Saadawi in Conversation. London 2 July 2016

Nawal El Saadawi draws on her epic life story and prolific writing

The internationally renowned writer, novelist, psychiatrist and fighter for women’s rights was born in 1931, in a village outside Cairo, and wrote her first novel at the age of 13.

Posted on: Tue 24 May 2016 | Category: events

Event: Cassava Republic Press Salon with Hawa Jande Golakai and Abubakar Adam Ibrahim, 27 May 2016

Cassava Republic Press Salon with Hawa Jande Golakai and Abubakar Adam Ibrahim

Friday, 27 May 2016, 7pm

Waterstones, 203/206 Piccadilly, W1J 9HD London, United Kingdom

Join Cassava Republic Press for an evening of author readings and discussion to celebrate the launch ofHawa Jande Golakai’s The Lazarus Effect and Abubakar Adam Ibrahim’s Season of Crimson Blossoms, hosted by Margie Orford, journalist, film director and author of Water Music.

H. J. Golakai’s The Lazarus Effect is a gripping addition to the African crime genre. 


Posted on: Wed 18 May 2016 | Category: events

Event: Safe House: Exploring Creative Non-Fiction from Africa May 31st

Safe House: Exploring Creative Non-Fiction from Africa

Tuesday 31 May 2016, 7:00 PM 

The Frontline Club is delighted to partner with Cassava Republic Press for an exploration of new African writing on the release of Safe House: Explorations in Creative Nonfiction. Published in partnership with Commonwealth Writers, the anthology brings nuanced perspectives to the stories behind the headlines, and highlights contemporary issues across the continent.

We will be joined by three of the contributors to Safe House: South African-based author Mark Gevisser, who chronicles the travails of a young, gay Ugandan man living as a refugee in Kenya; crime writer and medical immunologist Hawa Golakai, who presents the Ebola crisis as it unfolds in Liberia through a series of diary entries; and writer Kevin Eze, who reflects on the lives of Chinese migrants living in Senegal’s capital. Join us to discuss the convergence and divergence between journalism and creative non-fiction around the coverage of contemporary issues in Africa.

Posted on: Tue 17 May 2016 | Category: events

Event: The 2nd African Film Public Lecture SOAS

As part of the Centre for Film Studies annual PhD symposium, Samba Gadjigo will discuss his documentary 'Sembéne!', which tells the story of the "father of African cinema," the self-taught novelist and filmmaker Ousmane Sembéne.

Speaker: Samba Gadjigo

Chair: Lindiwe Dovey (SOAS)

Samba Gadjigo is the director of the documentary 'Making of Moolaade', is the world’s foremost expert on the life and work of Ousmane Sembéne and author of Sembéne’s official biography. He was born and raised in Senegal and is professor of African Studies and French at Mt. Holyoke College.

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Posted on: Tue 17 May 2016 | Category: events

Writing Prize - Ghana

There is more time for writers resident in Ghana to enter the Kofi Addo Prize for Non fiction and the Abena Korantemaa Prize for Oral History. We have extended the deadline for entries to May 30, 2016.

Posted on: Thu 12 May 2016 | Category: events


Conference:Developing the next generation of researchers Ebonyi State University, Nigeria 21-23 June

Ebonyi State University, Abakaliki, Nigeria, 21-23 June 2016

This workshop, an initiative of Ebonyi State University being organised in collaboration with the ACU, will explore innovative approaches to academic mentoring and career development for emerging researchers.

In a period of fast-paced change and growth in higher education, early career researchers find themselves confronted with a wider array of challenges than ever before. With growing student numbers, greater competition for research funding, and ever more exacting demands from funders, a reflective and proactive approach to developing academic skills is becoming increasingly critical to a flourishing research career.

Posted on: Tue 24 May 2016 | Category: featured, events

Event: An eye for the “other” 18 May London

Representations of alterity in contemporary postcolonial “texts”, 18 May 2016, London

Finishes: 18 May 2016 Time: 7:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings

Room: L67

Type of Event: Forum

Series: CCLPS Critical Forum

The condition of postcoloniality, which some argue characterises the contemporary world and its narrative reproductions, raises important questions about how to critically conceptualise the postcolonial nation-state and its constitutional inclusion of ethnocultural difference.  Both postcolonial theory and postcolonial “texts” caution against normative, hegemonic representations. Analyses of the nation-state, ethnocultural variegation and alterity within the postcolonial “text” must be developed with this critique in mind.


In this post-graduate seminar, organized within the Critical Forum Series of the Centre for Cultural, Literary and Postcolonial Studies and co-hosted by English Studies at SOAS, three PhD students will share their research related to the challenges of transcending normative, hegemonic representations of alterity, the nation-state and identity.

Posted on: Mon 16 May 2016 | Category: featured, events

Event: Seeking Sanctuary in a World with Witchcraft

Posted on: Fri 13 May 2016 | Category: featured, events

Call for Applications: Haycock Research Grant: Sudan and South Sudan

The British Institute in Eastern Africa (BIEA) invites applications for grants from the Haycock Fund, to support projects of research in Sudan/South Sudan. Applications may be for any sum between £1,000 and £9,000 pounds sterling, and may be made in respect of research projects in any area of the humanities and social sciences. Please note that we are not able to fund projects of medical research, or educational work. BIEA places a strong premium on value for money, and applicants should note that we expect to make two or three awards, and that the total sum available for award is only £10,000.

Posted on: Wed 27 Apr 2016 | Category: featured, calls

Exhibition: Fashion Cities Africa, 30 April 2016 – 8 January 2017, Brighton

The first major UK exhibition dedicated to contemporary African fashion will open at Brighton Museum & Art Gallery on 30 April 2016.

Exploring fashion and style in four cities at the compass points of the African continent – Casablanca in Morocco, Lagos in Nigeria, Nairobi in Kenya and Johannesburg in South Africa – Fashion Cities Africa will consider recent and contemporary fashion practices in these distinctive metropoles, from couture to street style.

The exhibition will focus on the style choices of individual ‘fashion agents’ from each city; from designers and stylists to photographers and bloggers. Helen Mears, the Museum’s Keeper of World Art, Martin Pel, its Curator of Fashion & Textiles, Africa fashion specialists Hannah Azieb Pool and Helen Jennings and researcher Harriet Hughes visited the cities in summer 2015** to explore their fashion scenes and identify key players.

Posted on: Mon 18 Apr 2016 | Category: featured, events

Nairobi Annual Lecture - 8 April 2016



Posted on: Thu 7 Apr 2016 | Category: featured, events

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