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Achebe, Chinua

[Achebe, Chinua] New Yorker article by Ruth Franklin "After Empire: Chinua Achebe and the great African novel."
May 26, 2008 article.

Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozi
The author's website. Adichie is a winner of a 2008 MacArthur [Genius] Fellowship. Adichie also won the 2007 Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction. Her 2009 TED talk - "The danger of a single story".

Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozi
Nigerian writer. Biography of Adichie, bibliography, her awards, public events. Full text of some of her short stories, poetry, essays. Interviews and articles on the writer. Reviews of her works. Maintained by Daria Tunca, English Department, University of Liège, Belgium.
See also an excerpt from My Mother the Crazy African.

Africa Access
Guide to children's literature on Africa. Reviews are written by univ. faculty, librarians, and teachers many of whom are in African studies or have lived in Africa. Use the Search to locate, for ex., Swahili culture. Has an Africana Book Buddies Club. Information on winners of the Children's Africana Book Awards (CABA). Edited by Brenda Randolph. [KF]

Africa No Filter

  • Why Change the Way We Write About AfricaA storyteller's guide to reframing Africa. By Lerato Mogoatlhe. Published by Africa No Filter. 2022.
  • "ANF’s goal ..... is to leave an empowered narrative change ecosystem and an informed community of storytellers who work more deliberately to change harmful narratives within and about Africa." Has a grants program. Funded by the Ford Foundation, Bloomberg, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, British Council and others.

Africa Writes
The Royal African Society's annual African literature and book festival. "book launches, readings, author appearances, panel discussions, youth and children’s workshops," etc. Based in London. U.K. 

Africa's 100 Best Books
The African Studies Centre, Leiden dossier published in 2002 gives background, the top twelve list, the top 100 list and related web resources. A celebration of African writing, publishing and research sponsored by the Zimbabwe International Book Fair. Includes creative writing, academic writing, and children's books.

African Literature Association, ALA
"The African Literature Association is an independent non-profit professional open to scholars, teachers and writers from every country."

African Literature Association (U.S.) 2017 Conference, Yale University June 14-17, 2017

African Philosophy - Bruce B. Janz
Site on "philosophy which focuses on Africa, philosophy done in Africa, and philosophy that is part of the traditional conversation among African philosophers." Includes links to full text documents, reading lists, course syllabi, African philosophers, conferences, journals, topics within African philosophy, etc. Prof. Janz is with the Philosophy Dept., Augustana University College, Alberta, CANADA.

African Poetry Digital Portal
"biographical information, artifacts, news, video recording, images and documents related to African poetry from antiquity to the present" African poetry in the London Times, Sunday Times, Financial Times, the Times Literary Supplement 1865-1985. project of the African Poetry Book Fund. Support from the University of Nebraska and the Ford Foundation.

African Postcolonial Literature in English
Part of the Postcolonial and Postimperial Web created by Professor George P. Landow, English and Art History, Brown University with contributions by Brown University students, postgraduate students, lecturers from the Univ. of Zimbabwe, and others. Information on South Africa, etc. Some areas lack information.

African Storybook Project
Free online children's books in English, African languages, French, German, Afrikaans, Portuguese. Attractively illustrated. Create your own story and illustrate it with images from their image bank. From the South African Institute for Distance Education. [KF]

African Studies Library, Leiden - Somali Literature
By Dr. Annachiara Raia. Essay and selected titles and web resources from the African Studies Library, Leiden, The Netherlands.

African Writing Online (Oxford, U.K.)
" literary magazine featuring creative short fiction, essays, poetry, drama and art primarily from African writers and artists." "committed to the literature of continental and diasporic Africa." Writer interviews, profiles, fiction, poetry, tributes, reviews, readers' forum. Has a print edition also. Published by Fonthouse Ltd., Oxford, U.K.

Africultures, le mensuel des cultures africaines (Les Pilles, Nyons, France)
Mainly in French. Site for the print journal. Covers, arts, literature, cinema, music, theater, etc. Has selected full text articles. "...offers a French-language listings diary and information service updated every day, and a condensed monthly version in English."

A virtual literary festival with leading names in African letters today with curation by Maaza Mengiste and Zukiswa Wanner. 16 writers from 14 countries streaming from 13 cities in English, French, and Portuguese over eight days.
Facebook Page
Festival sessions
New York Times article, "An African Literary Festival for the Age of Coronavirus" By Abdi Latif Dahir, May 14, 2020

In French. Shares/promotes poetry, welcomes visual art contributions.

Against All Odds. African Languages and Literatures into the 21st Century, Asmara, Eritrea, January 11-17, 2000
Site is closed. In English, French, Tigrinya. An international conference and festival. Chairs are Ama Ata Aidoo, Mbulelo Mzamane, Nawal El Saadawi, Ngugi wa Thiong’o. Web site has a photo tour of Eritrea. See also the The Asmara Declaration on African Languages and Literatures.

Alternation (Durban, South Africa)
Journal published by the interdisciplinary Centre for the Study of Southern African Literature and Languages, University of KwaZulu-Natal (former University of Durban-Westville), South Africa. Volumes Vol 2. No. 2. 1995 and Vol 6. No. 1. 1999 are online. [KF]

Anansi: fiction of the African diaspora(New York, NY)
A literary journal for original short fiction & poetry by writers of African descent. Began publication Feb. 1999. Brief information only on the web site of the African American Literature Book Club.

Appiah, Kwame Anthony - Stanford Presidential Lecturer
Appiah was the Fall 2004 Presidential Lecturer at Stanford University. Essay by William McPheron (William Saroyan Curator for British and American Literature), excerpts from Appiah's works, and a bibliography of his books, essays, articles, reviews, interviews.

[Armah, Ayi Kwei] Per Ankh Publishers
Ghanaian writer Ayi Kwei Armah's books published by his company, Per Ankh, based in Senegal, are sold in the U.S. through a site based in San Francisco, California. Descriptions of books, book covers.

The Asmara Declaration on African Languages and Literatures
From the Jan. 2000 Asmara, Eritrea language and literature conference, Against All Odds.

[Atta] Sefi Atta
Official website of Nigerian writer Sefi Atta. Biography, links to her online short stories and the first chapter of her debut novel "Everything Good Will Come."

Online literary journal. Published Strange Fruit by Monica Arac de Nyeko from Uganda which was shortlisted for the 2004 Caine Prize for African Writing. See also Remember Atita, by Jackee Budesta Batanda; a short story "Highly Commended" in the Caine Prize for African Writing Contest - April 2004. Published by Cook Communication. Based in Sleepy Hollow, Illinois. [KF]

Ayebia Clarke Literary Agency & Publishing Ltd
"...specialises in quality African & Caribbean writing." Publishes fiction, poetry, drama, literary criticism, biography, and self-help. Co-founder, Becky Ayebia Clarke (from Ghana), was editor of the Heinemann African & Caribbean Writers Series. Lynne Rienner Publishers is the North American distributor for Ayebia Clarke Publishing Ltd. Includes book reviews. Based in the U.K.

In English. Cameroon literary magazine.

Baobab Prize - Wikipedia Page
" annual award designed to encourage the reading and writing of African youth literature" [fiction for an audience of 8 - 11 years or 12 - 15 years]. "The author must be a citizen of an African state or a dual citizenship holder."

Bartle, Lisa M. - Database of Award-winning Children's Literature
Search for books with African themes which have won American book awards. Bartle is a reference librarian at California State University, San Bernardino. Searches can be limited by reading level, language. [KF]

Barungi, Violet
Ugandan writer of novels, short stories, plays. Her "works deal mainly with human relationships, gender issues and education of the girl child."

Besong, Bate
Weblog about the writer born in Nigeria of Cameroonian parents. Biography, bibliography of his writings, interviews, reviews of his writings, photographs. Comments from site visitors. Site based in Wilmington, Delaware. [KF]

Beti, Mongo
Dossier Mongo Beti- The African Studies Centre, Leiden, Netherlands, Library, Documentation and Information Department has compiled a dossier on the Cameroonian writer, Mongo Beti, who died October 2001. "The dossier consists of an introduction on the man and his work, a list of publications by and about Mongo Beti, and a selection of Web resources.
Ngwane, George - "Mongo Beti: the writer-gadfly"
- Biography of Mongo Beti in "BPN [Bellagio Publishing Network] Newsletter, Issue No 30, May 2002.

Black Renaissance/Renaissance Noire (New York City)
Published by Africana Studies Program, New York University.

Blixen, Karen (Isak Dinesen) - Karen Blixen Museum
In Danish. On the Danish writer who lived in Kenya for 17 years, biography, her works, excerpts from her letters, photographs, and a graphic of a painting of an African girl by Blixen.The Blixen Archives are in Copenhagen. [KF]

Blixen, Karen - Isak Dinesen
Site on Blixen by Linda G. Donelson, M.D. who has written a book about Blixen (Out of Isak Dinesen in Africa: Karen Blixen's untold story). Has a chronology, bibliography, many links to other sites about Blixen, her medical history (excerpt from Donelson's book).


  • Kinna Reads. A blogger based in Ghana writes book reviews and commentary on novels, short stories and poetry.  Hosts the virtual Ghanaian Literature Week. Topics - Ghana Association of Writers Book Festival, Accra Book Club, Accra book shops, links to related blogs, etc. [KF]

British Library. African Writers' Club
892 radio programs and 179 interviews online, recorded in the 1960s. The radio program, Africa Abroad. African history programs (Professor Roland Oliver speaks with African historians). "radio plays, literary readings, reviews, interviews and talks, political discussions, magazine programmes and music tracks. Contributors include Wole Soyinka, Dennis Brutus, Lenrie Peters, John Pepper Clark, Richard Rive, Raymond Kunene, Chinua Achebe, Kofi Awoonor, Cosmo Pieterse, Ama Ata Aidoo, Chris McGregor and the Blue Notes, Dudu Pukwana and Abdullah Ibrahim."

Brittle Paper -"An African Literary Experience"
Stories, poetry, reviews, interviews with writers, literary awards. Has an annual Notable African Books. Free E-anthologies on themes uch as writing/art from Nigeria, love in fiction, LGBTQI literature & arts. Email newsletter.

Caine Prize for African Writing
The 2022 AKO Caine Prize was won by Idza Luhumyo for her story "Five Years Next Sunday" published in Disruption : new short fiction from Africa, edited by Karina Szczurek, Jason Mykl Snyman, and Rachel Zadok. [South Africa?] : Short Story Day Africa, 2021. The five candidates' stories can be read online.
The 2021 Prize was won by Ethiopian-American writer, Meron Hadero, for her short story, "Street Sweep" published in Zyzzyva (2018). The 2016 Caine Prize went to Lidudumalingani for his short story Memories We Lost which is online (12 pages PDF). "The Caine Prize for African Writing is named in memory of the late Sir Michael Caine, former Chairman of Booker plc." Previous winners.

Callaloo: a Journal of African-American and Africans Arts and Letters
Table of contents only unless your institution is a subscriber; many universities subscribe. Subscribers can access full text articles. Publishes original works by and critical studies of black writers worldwide. The Summer 1995 issue is a Special on Maryse Cond?.

CAMP. Catalog of Nigerian Pamphlets on Microfilm. Compiled by the African Collection, Yale University Library, New Haven, Connecticut for the Cooperative Africana Microform Project and the Center for Research Libraries.
Full text to the guide to the microfilm, 60 pages, in Adobe pdf. Citations to 1,000 pamphlets on microfilm. Included are market literature titles from the Simon Ottenberg collection. Types of pamphlets - Nigeria, Biafra, Southern Nigeria , British Colonial Office, government publications, market literature, political party pamphlets, church and religious pamphlets, magazines and other serials. Authors include Obafemi Awolowo, Nnamdi Azikiwe, Samuel A.Crowther, the Action Party, N.C.N.C. Dates range from the late 19th century to pre-World War II and the mid 1960s. Languages - English, Yoruba, Ibo, Hausa. There is an index by author and subject. The microfilmed pamphlets are available from CAMP, Cooperative African Micoform Project, based at the Center for Research Libraries, Chicago. The inventory is part of CAMP's Guides to Collections. [KF]

Cape Town Book Fair

A Celebration of Women Writers
Indexes web sites on women writers by surname, country; includes birth/death dates where available. Search their database for women writers by country, name, ethnicity, date. .Maintained by Mary Mark Ockerbloom, Department of Computational Science, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh. [KF]

Children's Africana Book Awards - Outreach Council, African Studies Association U.S.A.
The Outreach Council of the African Studies Association (U.S.) "annually honors outstanding authors and illustrators of children's books about Africa published in the United States." 

Chimurenga Chronic
Print, now online journal. Literature, art, music. Supports the African Cities Reader series and the Pan African Space Station PASS, a periodic, pop-up live radio studio; a performance and exhibition space; a research platform and living archive. Based in Cape Town, South Africa. Stanford holdings of Chimurenga Chronic journal and Chimurenga.  

Chroniques littéraires africaines
In French. By The Book Jockey. Commentary on books about/from Africa and the diaspora, links to YouTube channels about African literature.

Coetzee, John Maxwell
South African writer, John Coetzee won the 2003 Nobel Prize for Literature, as announced October 2, 2003.
Attwell, David. J.M. Coetzee: South Africa and the Politics of Writing. Berkeley, Cape Town: University of California Press, c1993. Full text book.
BBC Announcement of Nobel Prize, October 2, 2003.

The Common
The literary magazine's issue No. 20 is on writing from "the Lusosphere: Portugal and its colonial and linguistic diaspora, with works in English and in translation exploring Lisbon, Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, and Mozambique." Fiction, essays, poetry. Based at Amherst College, Amherst, Massachusetts.

Commonwealth Writers' Prize
"The Commonwealth Foundation established the Commonwealth Writers' Prize in 1987 to encourage and reward the upsurge of new Commonwealth fiction and ensure that works of merit reach a wider audience outside their country of origin." 2006 Africa Regional winners were for Africa Best Book, The Sun by Night, by Benjamin Kwakye (Ghana) Africa World Press. For Africa Best First Book, the winner was Tropical Fish: Stories out of Entebbe, by Doreen Baingana (Uganda) University of Massachusetts.

Conrad, Joseph - Heart of Darkness (1902)
Project Gutenberg. Full text of the work set in the former Belgian Congo. Frpm

Critical Arts
Topics include women's issues, documentary video production, popular culture, literature, etc. Based at the Graduate Program in Culture and Media Studies, University of Kwazulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa. [KF]

Crossing Borders: New Writing from Africa
The work of writers from Botswana, Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, South Africa, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Linked "young writers in Africa with experienced mentors in the UK." Funded by the British Council, designed and managed by the Department of English and Creative Writing at Lancaster University.

Dangarembga, Tsitsi - Wikipedia Page
Zimbabwe novelist, playwright, film director.

  • Cora Agatucci, Professor of English, Central Oregon Community College, has a site with references, links to related sites, and a study guide for Nervous Conditions.

Doek. A Literary Magazine from Namibia
"publishes short fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and visual art from Namibia and the African diaspora." Issue 1 is August 2019. Offers the Doek Literary Awards for the finest work by four Namibian contributors published in any issue of Doek!, in the categories of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and visual art. Founded by Mutaleni Nadimi and  Rémy Ngamije. Based in Windhoek, Namibia.

Down River Road, DRR
"an online and print journal for fiction, nonfiction, poetry and ideas" Based in Nairobi, Kenya.

Ecrivains du Congo
In French. Directory of Congolese writers. Based in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo.

English in Africa
"...founded in 1974 to provide a forum for the study of African literature in English.... published twice a year (in May and October) by the Institute for the Study of English in Africa at Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa." Index of authors and subjects, table of contents of recent issues. [KF]

Epalanga, Kalaf - "Whites Can Dance Too”
An excerpt from the novel, Whites Can Dance Too, to be published 2023 by Faber. Online in Bakwa 09, the Cameroon literary magazine.

Érudit - Literature Articles
In French, some English. Find full text journal articles (also books, theses) through a keyword Search. Examples of articles online:

  • Développement des langues africaines : De Yaoundé à Zanzibar
  • L'(in)satisfaction au travail des professeurs du second degré du Sénégal
  • Des lexiques en langues africaines (sängo, wolof, lingala) pour l'utilisateur de l'ordinateur
  • La traduction en anglais de la littérature francophone : perception du phénomène au Nigéria
  • Literary Translation in Africa : The Nigerian Experience

Erudit is a Canadian university sponsored project to disseminate the results (journals, books, theses, preprints) of university research. fara

Ethale Publishing
In Portuguese. "a Mozambican publishing house and creative agency" Has a YouTube channel, Ethale Talks (in Portuguese and some in English) on African culture, literature, and community. The Managing Director is Jessemusse Cacinda. Based in Maputo, Mozambique.

farafina (Lagos) - Wikipedia Page
Magazine has closed. Nigerian cultural and literary online magazine. Short stories, first hand accounts of current (Liberia) and literary events. Interviews with artists, writers. Online polls. Based in Lagos, Nigeria. [KF]

Farah, Nuruddin - Wikipedia Page
Somali writer Farah was awarded the 1998 Neustadt International Prize for Literature, awarded every two years and the only international literary award from the United States for which poets, playwrights, and novelists are given equal consideration. "It is widely considered to be the most prestigious international prize after the Nobel Prize, and in fact is often referred to as the 'American Nobel. [KF]

  • New York Times, May 26, 2007, page A25. Op-Ed Contributor. My Life as a Diplomat. By NURUDDIN FARAH. His experience in negotiations with the Islamic Courts Union and the Transitional Federal Government.

February, Vernon Alexander
The African Studies Center Library, Leiden, Netherlands has an attractive profile and bibliography on the South African poet, writer, and literature scholar. Covers books, journal articles, chapters in books, has a photograph of the author, covers of his books. [KF]

FEMRITE - Uganda Women Writers' Association
Publishes books. Holds workshops, training, literary evenings, etc.

Festival of African and African Diasporic Literatures, 2020 July 3-4
Sponsored by the University of Bayreuth, Germany.  Program. Central European Summer Time (CEST).

GEFAME, Journal of African Studies (Ann Arbor)
Published by the University of Michigan Library and the Center for Afro-American and African Studies, University of Michigan. A peer reviewed journal. Vol. 1, No. 1, 2004 is A Tribute to Professor Lemuel Johnson [Sierra Leonean literature professor and poet]. Has an Events in Africa section. Based in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Articles include:

The Green Table
Writers, visual arts. Publishes "content about the social, cultural and economic issues of Nigeria - for the youth, and by the youth." Founded July 2022 as a "digital publication platform specifically for the Nigerian youth."

[Gurnah] Abdulrazak Gurnah
The writer/scholar, born in Zanzibar, won the 2021 Nobel Prize for Literature “for his uncompromising and compassionate penetration of the effects of colonialism and the fate of the refugee in the gulf between cultures and continents”.

A moderated electronic discussion group jointly sponsored by H-Net (Humanities- On-Line) and the African Literature Association to provide a forum for the discussion and exploration of African literature and cinema. Their web site has information on subscribing, an archive of past discussions, a listing of important events, conferences, African literature & cinema reviews, etc. The co-editors include Ken Harrow, Sandra Barkan, and others.

Haggard, H. Ryder - King Solomon's Mines (1885)
Project Gutenberg. Full text of the adventure novel set in Africa. First published in 1885. "An elephant hunter's chronicle of his safari into the interior of South Africa to search for a fabled diamond mine and to rescue the brother of the English gentleman who accompanies him across the deserts and mountains."

Hanzer. South African Travel Writing: Shipwrecks, Botanical Journalism, Women Travelers, Re-enactments of contact Dramas
Abstracts of journal articles, conference papers, links to poetry. Maintained by Margaret Hanzimanolis.

Hargeysa International Book Fair     "Book Fair Aims To Help Change Somaliland's Oral Culture" is a National Public Radio audio report on the 2016 Fair. 

Heinemann African Writers Series - Wikipedia Page
The series began in 1962. The titles include fiction, short stories, poetry, drama and non-fiction.

Herbstein, Manu - "Ama: A Story of the Atlantic Slave Trade"
Site for a 450 page novel on Ama, captured and enslaved in Ghana in the eighteenth century and taken to a sugar estate in Brazil. The novel recounts "the experience of enslavement and resistance, seen from the point of view of one African slave." Has excerpts and maps from the novel, bibliographies of related sources, links to related sites. Manu Herbstein's book won the 2002 Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best First Book overall and for the Africa Region. See also Wikipedia list of all prize winners.

Humanities Review Journal (Ile-Ife, Nigeria)
Published by the Humanities Research Forum, at the Department of Dramatic Arts, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria. Article abstracts are on-line. Articles are free to developing countries. There is a charge for others. Topics: Theatre Arts, Philosophy, English Language, Literature in English, History, Music, Communication Arts, Anthropology, Library Studies, Information Science, Cultural Studies, Sociology and other relevant disciplines.

« île en île »
"...un site pour valoriser les ressources informatives et culturelles du monde insulaire francophone." Has a section on l'Océan Indien: Comores, Madagascar, Maurice, Mayotte, Réunion, Seychelles littératures. Author profiles, bibliography of their works, extracts from works, and links to related sites. Maintained by Professor Thomas Spear and others. [KF]

Illuminations, An International Magazine of Contemporary Writing
No online text of No. 14 is provided; No. 14 is a special issue on South and Southern African writing (poetry, prose, interviews, art work). Editor: Simon Lewis, College of Charleston, Charleston, SC.

Imbiza Journal for African Writing
"for creative writing, criticism, academic writing and intellectual engagement for African thinkers, cultural workers and activists" Selected articles free online. Based in South Africa.

Indiana University. African Crime Fiction Database
Database of "crime, detective, and mystery novels that are set in Africa or feature African characters." Find crime fication by country or language of publicatoin..

Indiana University. Awards for Books About Africa
A directory of awards for books about Africa, includes general awards such as the Booker Award, Commonwealth Writers Prize, Nobel, UNESCO Children's Book Prize, etc. Lists the Africa-related award winners and finalists for each award. Site hosted by the Indiana University (Bloomington) Libraries and originated by Dr. Patricia S. Kuntz, who was a Mellon Fellow at Indiana.

International Conference on African Literatures, Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany (May1-4, 2002)
Theme: Versions and Subversions. Hosted by the Department of African Studies. Is the first international conference on African literature to be hosted in Berlin after the reunification of the two Germanies.

International Journal of Humanistic Studies (Manzini, Swaziland)
"...annual peer-reviewed Journal....Contributions are accepted from the fields of Philosophy, English Language, Literature, History, Theatre Arts, Music, Communication Arts, Anthropology, Library Studies, Information Science, Cultural Studies, Sociology and other relevant disciplines." Editor based at the Department of African Languages and Literature, University of Swaziland, Kwaluseni, Swaziland.

International Society for the Oral Literatures of Africa, ISOLA
" association of scholars from all over the world who are interested in exploring the rich oral traditions of Africa and the African Diaspora" The Secretary General of ISOLA is Dr. Stephen Belcher. Has a discussion list, recent issues of their Newsletter. Established in 1991 in London.
See also the earlier website.

International Writing Program, University of Iowa
Usually hosts at least one African writer every year.

Internet Public Library - Online Literary Criticism Collection - Africa
Links to full text critical essays.

Isele Magazine
"founded in July 2020, publishes notable fiction, poetry, essays, interviews, and book news/reviews from writers on the African continent and around the world." Includes art and photography, offers literary prizes. Based in the United States.

Jahn Library for African Literatures / Jahn-Bibliothek für afrikanische Literaturen
"...forms part of the Department of Anthropology and African Studies at the University of Mainz and holds one of the most extensive collections of African literary texts and relevant critical sources worldwide. It provides an invaluable resource for research on African literatures in a wide variety of languages and was one of the earliest centres for the study of African literatures in Europe."

James Currey Prize for African Literature
"an annual award for the best-unpublished work of fiction written in English by any writer, set in Africa or on Africans in Africa or in Diaspora." "established in 2020 by Nigerian writer, filmmaker and publisher of Hattus Books, Onyeka Nwelue, in honour of James Currey, the leading publisher of academic books on Africa"

James Murua's Literature Blog
interviews with writers, literary award announcements, literary festivals, podcasts, Youtube channel.

Johannesburg Review of Books
Includes author interviews, audio readings, awards the University of Johannesburg Prizes for South African Writing in English.

Journal of Commonwealth Literature

Journal of Cultural Studies (Ago-Iwoye, Nigeria)
Published by the Nigerian Group for the Study of African Cultures (NIGSAC), a non-profit organisation which focuses on cultural and development issues in Africa. Based in the Department of English, Ogun State University, Ago-Iwoye, Nigeria. Has the tables of contents and abstracts of article. Photocopies of articles can be ordered. Pay by check or money order. From the International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications (London).

Jouvert, a Journal of Postcolonial Studies
Published by the College of the Humanities and Social Sciences, North Carolina State University. Full text articles on literature, African film, religious art, the experience of teaching the Theory of Education at a teachers' College in Zimbabwe in 1991, a conversation with Abdul R. JanMohamed, reviews of African art exhibits, films, etc.

Kalahari Review
Literary journal, includes art.

[Kamanda] - Kama Sywor Kamanda
In French. Kamanda is a writer born in the Democratic Republic of the Congo to to a family of Bantu-Egyptian origin. The writer's biography, poetry, novels, essays, short stories, translations of his work. Bibliography of works by and about Kamanda. Audio of his poetry readings.
See also:

  • (In French and Japanese)
  • (In French and Japanese, includes videos)

Kilimanjaro Media
New print and on-line literary journal especially for unpublished authors. Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction. Maintained by Jide Osikomaiya who teaches English at San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton, California.

Kunapipi: Journal of Post colonial Writing
"...a bi-annual arts magazine of critical and creative writing with special but not exclusive emphasis on the new literatures written in English." " the official journal of EACLALS - the European Association of Commonwealth Languages and Literatures." Based at University of Wollongong, Wollongong, Australia.

Kwani? (Nakuru, Kenya)
Online literary magazine from Kenya. New writers, literary criticism, news on Kenya cultural events. The first issue appeared Sept. 2002; a print edition will be published Sept. 2003. Has the full text of, The Weight of Whispers, by Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor, winner of the 2003 Caine Prize. Also has full text of The Story of Comrade Lemma and the Black Jerusalem Boys Band, by Parselelo Kanti (1st Runners up, Caine Prize Award 2004). Founded by Kenyan writers including Binyavanga Wainaina (2002 winner of the Caine Prize). See also the Kwani ? Litfest (August 2008). Based in Nakuru, Kenya.

Kyoore, Paschal
Dr. Kyoore teaches at Gustavus Adolphus College (Saint Peter, Minnesota). Has his syllabi for courses on "Francophone Literatures of Africa and the Caribbean" and on "Culture and Society in Africa." Main research interests include francophone writers of Africa and the Caribbean.

Lessing, Doris
Doris Lessing won the 2007 Nobel Prize for Literature. This may be the definitive Doris Lessing web site - extensive bibliographies, a biography, photos of her from 1949-1994, Real Audio interviews, the full text of some of her articles, etc. There is an email list to "let people know about new and republished books, personal appearances, articles, etc. The list is non-academic and focuses on Mrs. Lessing's publications and professional activities" and is maintained by the site creator, Jan Hanford.

Liberation Journals Index
"..index covering the interwar Pan-African periodicals La Revue du Monde Noir, Légitime Défense, L’Étudiant Noir, the wartime Tropiques, and the postwar Présence Africaine, as well as the Québécois journal Liberté......originally conceived both as a public research tool and as a practical component of Meadow Dibble-Dieng’s dissertation, a comparative study that considers the various ways in which literary periodicals have served in liberation movements throughout the Francophone world." Descriptions of each journal, with references. Search by author, theme, genre (biography, interview, folklore, play, poetry, review, etc.). [KF]

Liberia Pedia
"Digital archives of scholarship on Liberia...." Maintained by C. Patrick Burrowes, Ph. D., Associate Professor of Humanities and Communications, Penn State (Harrisburg, PA). Includes -  Liberian Folk Tales from the 1950s [searchable by keywords].

Librairie Compagnie (Paris) - Les ecrivains d'Afrique du Sud
In French. Has online a bio-bibliography of contemporary South African writers, Les ecrivains d'Afrique du Sud. "La librairie Compagnie a été créée en 1986 à l'intitiative des Éditions de Minuit, dans la continuation de la librairie Autrement Dit...."

Library of Congress. Conversations with African Poets and Writers

Library of Congress - A Conversation with Abdulrazak Gurnah, Nobel Prize winner in Literature 2021
Abdulrazak Gurnah in conversation with Dr. Lanisa Kitchiner, Chief of the African and Middle Eastern Division of the Library of Congress. May 25, 2022. 53 minutes 48 seconds.

Library of Congress - A Conversation with Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Interview of Nigerian author, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichiewith, with Dr. Lanisa Kitchiner, Chief, African and Middle Eastern division, U.S. Library of Congress. May 5, 2022. Produced by the Library's African & Middle Eastern Division.

Library of Congress - A Conversation with Damon Galgut, Winner of the 2021 Booker Prize
Interview of South African writer, Damon Galgut, with Dr. Lanisa Kitchiner, Chief, African and Middle Eastern division, U.S. Library of Congress. May 12, 2022. Produced by the Library's African & Middle Eastern Division.

Lire les femmes écrivains et les littératures africaines / Francophone African Literature
From the Dept. of French Studies, University of Western Australia on Francophone African writers, esp. women writers. Includes interviews in French with the writers by the Dept. and from Amina magazine, information on the literature of Benin, Cameroun, Congo, Cote d'Ivoire, Guinee, Mali, Senegal, Zaire, biographical information on the writers, bibliographies, and a directory of Francophone African book publishers, summaries of books by women authors during the colonial period. Includes an English version. Editor of the site is J. Volet.

Literary Map of Africa - Miriam Conteh-Morgan
Resource on African writers includes "biographical data, a list of primary works, .... selected reference and critical works, dissertations, interviews, pertinent web sites and prizes won" and more. Clickable map to locate writers by country. Has as "many emerging writers as possible, especially those based in Africa." Maintained by Miriam Conteh-Morgan, Librarian for African Studies, French and Linguistics at The Ohio State University Libraries.

Littérature africaine francophone (LITAF)
In French. Online database of citations to 5000 + works of literature from francophone sub-saharan Africa. Provides bibliographic details and indicates which libraries (in France and elsewhere) hold the title. To be updated monthly. The web database is an extract of the full LITAF database (containing 13,000 + citations to literature and criticism) which will be available on a CD-ROM produced by the "Agence universitaire de la francophonie" (ex-AUPELF). Project directed by Virginia Coulon, Universit? Montesquieu - Bordeaux 4 (D?partement de Langues). LITAF is a member of research group 931 (CNRS): "Litt?ratures d'Afrique noire" directed by Alain Ricard.

Online literary and photography magazine. Began publication by Troy Onyango in 2020..

Lusophone African Writers - "Autores Africanos"
In Portuguese. Extracts from the work of Lusophone African writers. Has a little biographical information and a link to poetry in English and Portuguese by Fernando Pessoa, Portuguese writer who spent his youth in South Africa plus examples of poetry from many other Lusophone African writers..

Mabanckou, Alain
In French. Official site of the novelist, poet, born in Congo-Brazzaville. Winner of the Prix Renaudot 2006 for Mémoires de porc-épic. Biography, bibliography, photographs, press articles, appearance schedule. See also excerpts from African Psycho. and Broken Glass.

[Mabanckou] Blog d'Alain Mabanckou
In French. Blog of the Congolese writer, poet. Winner of the Prix Renaudot 2006 for Mémoires de porc-épic. Mabanckou's biography, his essays. RSS feed:

Mabayla Review
"A Sierra Leone Literary & Social Journal" Short stories, poetry, literary essays. Founded 2006. The owner / editor is E. Gbanabom Hallowell.

Mali. Ministère de la Culture
In French. Official site. How to obtain authorization to film in Mali. Cultural events (Biennale artistique et culturelle, etc.) [KF]
In French. Publishes books. Its Magazine has interviews with African writers, editors. Based in Paris. [KF]

Mascherenere - Laboratorio di Teatro
In Italian. Organization founded in 1990 by African and Italian theatrical artists, writers, poets, actors. Based in Milan, Italy. [KF]

Mbele, Joseph L.
Dr. Mbele, from Tanzania, teaches folklore and literature in the English Department, St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minnesota. Site includes a critique of Chinua Achebe's "Things Fall Apart", an article on doing fieldwork in Tanzanian folklore plus ethical issues, study abroad programs in Tanzania and Zimbabwe, and a commentary on the current politics of Rwanda; Mbele taught at the University of Burundi. [KF]

Meskot - An Ethiopian Online Literary Journal
In Amharic and English. Poetry, short stories, essays.

Moto Books and Arts Festival
The 2022 inaugural festival was held 21st – 24th April 2022 in Nairobi, Kenya. Based in Nairobi.

Mots Pluriels
An electronic journal for "literary minded scholars anxious to share their point of view on important contemporary world issues." Vol 1, No. 1 includes: Le temps: point de vue d'un philosophe africain by Dr Daniel Tchapda Piameu, Le temps dans la culture Ibo ou comment prendre sa place au sein de l'?ternit? by Dr. Fran?oise Ugochukwu, L'Accident Une nouvelle de Mme Myriam Warner-Vieyra, Lire "l'Accident" de M. Warner Vieyra et reconstruire le temps by Dr Jean-Marie Volet. Future issues will cover African literature survival outside the realm of large world publishers: illusion or reality?, AIDS literature in Africa and elsewhere. Edited by Dr. Jean-Marie Volet, Univ. of Western Australia. [KF]

Multilingual African Electronic Literature Database & African Diasporic Electronic Literature Database, MAELD & ADELD
Find electronic literature, video games, digital tours, etc. Clickable map, creator biographies. Maintained by Yohanna Joseph Waliya, University of Calabar. The web developer is Alex Boyd.

Mungoshi, Charles
Page by Dr. Daniel Reboussin of the University of Florida Libraries on Mungoshi, African writer in residence, during the Spring 2000 semester at the university. Includes a biography and an annotated bibliography on the Zimbabwe author and poet.

Munyori Poetry Journal
Online poetry journal. Includes an interviews and poetry of Zimvbabwe writer, Zvisinei Sandi and Ghanaian writer, Prince Mensah. Web site based in Emeryville, California. [KF]

New York Times Book Reviews
Search for past book reviews from 1980 to date from the New York Times Book Review section by author, title, subject. Seaching on an African country generally pulls up one or more titles.

Ngugi wa Thiongo
Ngugi wa Thiong'o - Official website - Biography, bibliography, news, reviews, photographs.
Interview with Ngugi Wa Thiong'o! by Michael Alexander Pozo. 4 p.
Black Renaissance/Renaissance Noire (Indiana Univ. Press) magazine has the full-text of "The Allegory of the Cave: Language, Democracy and a New World Order!" by Kenyan writer,  Ngugi wa Thiong'o (Lecture III of the Clarendon Lectures in English, Oxford, May 15, 1996). table of contents
Steve Biko Foundation hosts an annual memorial lecture. Prominent African writers presented past lectures including Ngugi wa Thiong'o who presented the 2003 lecture, Recovering Our Memory: South Africa in the Black Imagination (full text in pdf). Includes Ngugi's biography and photos.

Noma Award for Publishing in Africa
"Established in 1979, the Noma Award is open to African writers and scholars whose work is published in Africa. The US$10,000 prize is given annually for an outstanding new book in any of these three categories: (i) scholarly or academic, (ii) books for children, and (iii) literature and creative writing."

Notre Librairie: revue des littératures du Sud (Paris)
In French. Published by ADPF, l'Association pour la diffusion de la pensée française. Online edition of the print journal on African, Caribbean and Indian Ocean literatures. Full text articles (in Adobe pdf) from recent issues, full text of 40 ans de littératures du Sud,(n°150 / avril-juin 2003), and an online index of articles (by writers, country, authors of articles). First published by le Club des lecteurs d'expression fran?aise, CLEF. CLEF was "...fond?e en 1963 par le Minist?re fran?ais de la Coop?ration, est aujourd'hui le relais du Minist?re des Affaires ?trang?res (Coop?ration et Francophonie)."

Nyamidie, John Kwami
Samples of the work of a Togolese poet at an online bookseller's site.

Oculi, Okello - "For Mwalimu Nyerere"
Poem in honor of Julius Nyerere, late President of Tanzania. By Ugandan writer and political scientist, Dr. Okello Oculi.

Ohio State University (Columbus). Department of African American and African Studies
Information on faculty, undergraduate and graduate studies, the library, courses, African language program, study abroad program, Praise Poetry Video Database (Southern African oral literature), Community Extension Centre, etc.

Okoro, Innocent O. - From Onitsha Market Literature to General Trade Book Publishing in Nigeria
Paper presented during the 2002 Biennial Conference of the African Studies Association of the U.K. On the web site of the Southern African Book Development Education Trust, London.

[Okri] Ben Okri Bibliography
"We would like to encourage readers and scholars from the world over to contribute items, either from printed documents, from Internet sites or from other sources and to send them to Daria Tunca, the editor of the bibliography." Bibliography of Okri's fiction, nonfiction (including articles and essays from newspapers, West Africa and other journals), interviews. Books, articles, dissertations about Okri. Print and internet sources. Maintained by Daria Tunca, English Department, University of Liège, Liège, Belgium. [KF]

Okri, Ben
Biography, bibliography, Okri's poems, links to related sites. On the web site of the Urhobo Historical Society.

Olafioye, Tayo Peter
"Nigerian-born writer Tayo Pete Olafioye is a Professor of English at National University and Southwestern College in San Diego, California. He has won the Golden Poet Award in San Francisco and the National Library Award of America. He is the author of such books as A Stroke of Hope, Arrowheads To My Heart, and A Carnival of Looters." Has excerpts from his works and critical commentary on his work.

One Ghana, One Voice - Poems and Poets of Ghana
"Every Saturday a new poet will be profiled with one of their poems posted alongside a personal biography."

Onitsha Market Literature
University of Kansas - Onitsha Market Literature - Full text Nigerian market / Onitsha literature. Includes an essay on the historical and literary context; a Bibliography of the 101 Pamphlets in the Onitsha Market Literature Collection at Spencer Research Library, by Ken Lohrentz, a map of publishers, and a Bibliography of writings on Nigerian market literature : a sequel, by Kenneth P. Lohrentz. From the University of Kansas. [KF]
Indiana University - Onitsha Market Literature - A list of titles held by Indiana University Library and a bibliography of books, journal articles, web sites about the literature. [KF]

Organization of Women Writers of Africa (OWWA)
Based in New York, OWWA was formed in 1991 by Jayne Cortez of the USA and Ama Ata Aidoo of Ghana. "OWWA is a nonprofit organization formed for the purpose of establishing links between professional women writers from Africa and its Diaspora." Information on it's October 12-16, 2004 Black Women Writers Conference, Yari Yari Pamberi is available. [KF]

Osondu, E. C. - Jimmy Carter's Eyes
Nominated to the 2007 Caine Prize Short List. "E. C. Osondu was born in Nigeria. He lives in Syracuse, New York, where he is a Syracuse University Fellow. (8/2006)" Published in the online magazine, AGNI Online, a web exclusive.

Palgrave Handbook of African Oral Traditions and Folklore [Stanford users only]
Akintunde Akinyemi, Toyin Falola, editors
Cham, Switzerland : Palgrave Macmillan, [2021]
1 online resource (xlix, 1041 pages) : maps (some color)

Peace Corps Writers, Bibliography of Books by
Extensive list of books by former U.S. Peace Corps volunteers. Gives the country and years of PCV service. Includes Paul Theroux's books.

Penguin Prize for African Writing
First awarded September 2010 for a fiction and non-fiction book.

Per Ankh Books
"Publishers of accurately researched, historically grounded works of fiction and expository prose focused on Africa." Publishes the works of Ayi Kwei Armah. Based in Popenguine, Senegal.

"The Chinua Achebe Center for African Writers and Artists has chosen to celebrate Africa?s first world cup by sending 13 African writers to 13 cities for two weeks during the World Cup. Each writer will produce a book of nonfiction prose, Travel Literature, of 30,000 words, for publication in Africa and abroad." "the writers will first blog their journeys and create momentum online and on mobile phones while the World Cup is taking place."

Pretexts: Literary and Cultural Studies
Full text online through subscription only. Some universities subscribe. "Though the journal has a special interest in Southern African writing, it is by no means restricted to publishing work in this area." The Editorial Board is based in South Africa.

Project Muse Journals
Subscription only; many universities subscribe. Offers full text articles from Callaloo, Africa Today, and other titles.

[Quayson] Critic.Reading.Writing with Ato QUAYSON
YouTube channel by Stanford Professor Ato Quayson

Topics include -
The art and practice of writing

What is Postcolonialism

WHAT IS INTERDISCIPLINARITY? : A View from the Humanities

TONI MORRISON, Beloved (Part 1) - On Slavery and Freedom

ON TRAGEDY: Aristotle, Job, Ophelia

EURIPIDES, Medea: Companionship, Exile, Revenge

CHINUA ACHEBE'S Things Fall Apart

CHINUA ACHEBE’s Arrow of God: The Malaise of Colonial Modernity


Ato Quayson - on 'Tragedy in Postcolonial Literature'

JOSEPH CONRAD’s Heart of Darkness: Representing Colonial Atrocity

FRANTZ FANON, Black Skin, White Masks and the Black Bodily Schema

J.M. COETZEE’s Waiting for the Barbarians: Moral Residue and the Affliction of Second Thoughts

SHAKESPEARE's The Merchant of Venice: Anti-Semitism as Racism

SHAKESPEARE's Othello: The Question of Race

SHAKESPEARE's The Tempest and the Allegories of Colonialism

TAYEB SALIH, Season of Migration to the North: Orientalist Archetypes as Colonial Desire

TSITSI DANGAREMBGA's Nervous Conditions: The Confluence of Colonialism, Education, and Patriarchy

Research in African Literatures
Published by Indiana University Press.  Many libraries subscribe. Stanford Univ. users please see Searchworks

Sable LitMag(London)
" publication, for writers of colour, produced by S.A.K.S. Media." Table of contents online. S.A.K.S. Media offers courses and workshops for writers, sponsors a literary festival.

Saint Lawrence University - African Arts: Into the Next Millenium
"For the academic year 1999-2000 St. Lawrence University (Canton, NY) is sponsoring a program that will illuminate and celebrate....achievements in African arts." Featured lecturers are Ulli Beier, Okwui Enwezor, Chinua Achebe, and Wole Soyinka. The university gallery will exhibit textiles and the work of Ada Udechukwu.[KF]

Sankofa: A Journal of African Children's and Young Adult Literature
An annual. First issue to be pub. November 2002. Edited by Meena G. Khorana, professor of English and adolescent literature with Brenda Randolph, director of Africa Access. Based at the Department of English and Language Arts, Morgan State University, Baltimore, Maryland.

SeaBreeze, a Journal of Contemporary Liberian Writings
" international quarterly online journal devoted to publishing nonfiction and original short fiction narratives, poetry, interviews, reviews, and social and political articles, analyses, criticism, commentary and essays arising out of Liberian life by Liberian writers..." Web site based in Louisville, Kentucky.

Sehene, Benjamin
In French. Site for the writer who "had to flee Rwanda [in 1963], went to school in Uganda, then to Europe." Biography, photographs. A bibliography of books and films on Rwanda with comments by Sehene. A historical chronology to 1994.

[Sembene] Ousmane Sembene, 1923-2007
The "father of African cinema" and writer. Born in Senegal.
Obituaries - BBC (June 10), Independent (London, June 13).
Professor Samba Gadjigo's web site (Mount Holyoke College) - Biography, filmography, bibliography, critical works, photographs, awards. See also Prof. Gadjigo's article on California Newsreel.
Profile (with photograph) by Serigne Ndiaye, Fall 1998. On the Emory University, English Department, Postcolonial Studies web site.
Profile from Pegasos - A literature related site in Finland.
Internet Movie Database entry.
His films are distributed by Médiathèque des Trois Mondes (in French, also has a free short film on Sembene) and New Yorker Films.

[Senghor, Leopold Sedar] Acad?mie de Lyon, L?opold S?dar SENGHOR
In French. Links to sites on Senghor, a bibliography of his works, bibliographies of works about Senghor (books, articles, theses) and a list of books / articles on negritude and African literature. From Acad?mie de Lyon.
Senghor died December 20, 2001. See the New York Times obituary, Dec. 21, 2001, A25.

[Serote, Mongane] Roland Collection of Films & Videos on Art Writers Talk: Ideas of Our Time - Mongane Serote
Video of the complete film interview with South African writer, Mongane Serote. Part of the Heinemann African Writers Festival. 38 minutes. Requires soundcard, speakers / headset. [KF]

SIELEC, Société Internationale d’Etude des Littératures de l’Ere Coloniale
Full text articles. Profiles of writers. Publishes a journal, Cahiers; has the table of contents. SIELEC organizes conferences. "Par littératures de l’ère coloniale, nous entendons tous textes ou documents qui ont pu traiter du problème colonial, .......: Récits de voyages et d’exploration, romans inspirés par l’outre-mer, textes produits par les divers agents de la colonisation (administrateurs civils, militaires, missionnaires, enseignants, géographes et autres), textes et discours politiques, littérature de l’esclavage, rapports et relevés d’ethnologie, données d’anthropologie appliquée, littérature pour enfants, B.D. (de Tintin à Tarzan) manuels scolaires, cinéma colonial, iconographie coloniale (cartes postales et affiches), architecture néo-coloniale, musique, peinture (Delacroix, Matisse), etc." Based in Montpellier, France.

Sierra Leone Writers Series (SLWS)
"...launched in Sierra Leone on July 19, 2001. The vision of the SLWS is to provide an answer to the stubborn problem of the scarcity of books in Sierra Leone." Sells books, for each book provides author biography, description of the book, a review by an academic. Has "a database that comprises professionals in diverse fields living all over the world who have interests in Sierra Leone. Its main purpose is to enable a quick search by name, profession, schools and universities attended, etc."

Sigauke, Emmanuel - Wealth of Ideas
Literary blog by Zimbabwe writer Emmanuel Sigauke. Discusses many Afican writers and literary events, especially in Zimbabwe and California. Sigauke teaches at Cosumnes River College, Sacramento, CA.

Simoes da Silva, Tony - Anglophone & Lusophone African Women's Writing
Illustrations by Malangatana. Bibliographies and biographies of the writers. Especially strong on Lusophone African women writers. Introduction to the Lusophone writers by Tony Simoes da Silva. Links to related sites such as literary journals. Based at the University of Exeter. [KF]

Snyman, Gerrie - "Who am I?" The Body and Postcolonial Criticism
Includes a discussion of Ubuntu. In the e-journal, Queen, Vol. 1, No. 1, 2001.

SOAS Literary Review (London)
"OAS Literary Review is a journal of postgraduate research. It seeks to provide an international forum for research students working on the literatures of Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. We welcome contributions on all aspects of postgraduate literary research including articles, translations, fieldwork commentaries , and book and media reviews." From the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. Has full text articles.

South Africa Online - Poetry Page
Websites from the South Africa Online directory service. Based in South Africa.

South African Pen
"...a non-political organisation representing writers of the world, defending free-expression" Covers South African issues. Based in Cape Town, South Africa.

South African Voices
"...oral tales, histories, and poems from among the Nguni peoples: the Xhosa and Zulu in South Africa, the Swati in Swaziland, and the Ndebele in the southern part of Zimbabwe. Collected by Professor Harold Scheub, Department of African Languages and Literature, UW-Madison. From the late 1960s into the 1970s. Text is keyword searchable. Includes audio files. From the University of Wisconsin Library, Madison, Wisconsin.

[Soyinka] Wole Soyinka Interview: Conversations with History; Institute of International Studies, UC Berkeley
"Writing, Theatre Arts and Political Activism" An interview with Soyinka. His background, writing, the theatre, as a political prisoner and activist. [KF]

Soyinka, Wole - New York State Writers Institute, State Univ. of New York
Has a biography, some short articles about Soyinka.

Soyinka, Wole - Nobel Prize Internet Archive
Not an official site. For Wole Soyinka has a photo, biography (which is not up-to-date), an excerpt from his work, results of an Alta Vista search, and any links about the person added by visitors to the site. Has a link to the official Nobel Foundation site and his 1986 Nobel lecture..

Soyinka, Wole - Stanford Presidential Lectures &  Symposia
Biographical information, a bibliography, excerpts from his books, from interviews with Soyinka, and from reviews of his books, and links to internet resources on Soyinka. Prepared by William McPheron, Curator for American/British Literature, Stanford University library. Soyinka spoke Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, 1998. Stanford Report article, Dec. 2, 1998.

Soyinka, Wole - "Writing, Theatre Arts, and Political Activism"
A 1998 interview with Soyinka - his childhood, Yoruba culture, theatre, political imprisonment and activism. Also a video of the interview and biography. Part of the Conversations with History series from the Institute of International Studies, Univ. of California, Berkeley. [KF]

Stanford University. Graphic Novel Project 2009 - Virunga
Graphic novel on the Democratic Republic of the Congo, created by Stanford University students. About the project. From the Stanford Institute for Creativity and the Arts.

Stanford University. Reference Works on African & Caribbean Literatures in European languages (with some exceptions)
Listing of print sources on African literature at Stanford University. Prepared by John Rawlings.

Stanford University. Stanford Summer Theatre - Africa On Stage. June 25-August 20, 2007
"Africa On Stage—Let us tell you a story, Stanford Summer Theater (SST) offers an extensive look at the cultural and political impact of the West on Africa." Includes Tings Dey Happen (listen to an interview with the actor and director ). Accompanied by an eight-week film series. See also Stanford Report, June 13, 2007 article.

Story Time - Weekly Fiction by African Writers
"First published in June 2007, the weekly StoryTime online literary magazine publishes new fiction short stories, and book excerpts, by African writers exclusively. We also publish African Roar, an annual anthology selected from the best of StoryTime's short stories .....These stories are then further extensively workshopped by the African Roar editors with each author to bring about a final anthology. StoryTime is a registered serial publication: ISSN 2072-9359."

Summer Seminar for Teachers, 2007 July 9-27, Writing Africa: Comparative African & Western Palavers & Perspectives
Held at Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, Michigan. Read, discuss texts by Chinua Achebe and Wole Soyinka (Nigerians) and Ama Ata Aidoo (Ghanaian) in relation to those of Joseph Conrad (British/Polish) and Barbara Kingsolver (American). Sponsored by NEH.

Swahili Forum (Mainz)
Published at the Department of Anthropology and African Studies, Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz, Germany. Annual journal. Issues from 2003 are only online. Table of contents for older issues. No. 10, 2003 is "A Bibliography of Swahili Literature, Linguistics, Culture and History" by Thomas Geider (in Adobe pdf, 101 pages).

Tales of Wonder - Richard Darsie
Has some African folktales. "Tales 1-4 are taken from The Magic Drum: Tales from Central Africa, by W. F. P. Burton. London: Methuen & Co., 1961. Tales 5-9 are taken from The Fire on the Mountain and Other Stories from Ethiopia and Eritrea, by Harold Courlander and Wolf Leslau,....New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1950."

Thousands of Papers
Sells papers on African literature for $8.95 per page and custom written papers for $29.85 per page. Site maintained by The Paper Store, Jackson, NJ.
To counter plagiarism there are sites such as and TurnItIn. A good way to check copying from web sites is to paste passages into the Google search form. You can locate the exact same passages elsewhere on the web.

Tierno Bokar
Site for the play directed by Peter Brook adapted from Amadou Hampate Ba's book, Vie et enseignement de Tierno Bokar: le sage de Bandiagara. The U.S. premiere was at Columbia University. "Tierno Bokar (1875-1939) was a Sufi sage,... and a spiritual leader in his village in Mali. His clan, exponents of repeating a Sufi prayer 12 times, was embroiled in a debate with a rival clan that advocated repeating it 11 times, a debate that devolved into a conflict over power and leadership in the Tijani Sufi Order. Video clips and transcripts of interviews. Site at Columlbia University, New York city. [KF]

Transition (New York)
Published by Soft Skull Press, New York city and the W. E. B. Du Bois Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA. Table of contents, article abstracts. "The original Transition got its start in Kampala, Uganda in 1961. The brainchild of a twenty-one-year-old writer of Indian descent named Rajat Neogy, it quickly became Africa’s leading intellectual magazine..."

UNESCO. Collection of African Copyright Laws
In English, French, Spanish. Full text of each country's copyright law, in Adobe pdf.

UNESCO - Histoire générale de l’Afrique
In French. Published by UNESCO. In 8 volumes, with over 300 authors. Has the table of contents.
Has full text chapters from some volumes:


Unigwe, Chika
Afro-Belgian writer of Nigerian origin. Her work, "The Secret", was on the shortlist for the 2004 Michael Caine Prize for African Writing. Unigwe's biography, bibliography of works, full text of selected short stories, poems, articles. and

Union of Writers of the African Peoples, UWAP
Directory of links to African, Caribbean and Latin American writers, includes video clips of writers, a directory of African Literature Association members. An earlier site with the same name, created by Chad Allenbaugh, closed around 1997. [KF]

United States Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies
Holds its Second International Conference, April 26-28, 2002 at Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, California. Based at Bryant College, Smithfield, Rhode Island.

University of Botswana. English Department. Language, Literature and the Discourse of HIV/AIDS in Africa, Conference, June 24-28, 2002, Gaborone
Includes a page about Botswana in general.

University of Florida. George Smathers Library - "Papa Mfumu’eto 1er Papers"
In Lingala and French. Over 800 graphic literature titles by Democratic Republic of the Congo comic artist, Papa Mfumu'eto.

University of London. AHRB Centre for Asian and African Literatures
Founded October 2000, the Centre is a joint SOAS/UCL project which fosters research on general questions of theory and methodology for the study of Asian and African literatures. Offers seminar and public lecture series, project workshops, publishes a newsletter. The Arts and Humanities Research Board (AHRB) was established in 1998 to support research in the arts and humanities in the U.K. Based in London. [KF]

University of the Witwatersrand. Department of African Literature
The Dept. "was established in 1983 under Professor Es'kia Mphahlele." Information on courses, staff, the table of contents of their journal, Souvenir, article on poet & scholar Kgafela oa Magogodi, etc. Based at Wits (Johannesburg).

Urhobo Waado, Urhobo Historical Society
The website of the Society, formed in 1999, has proverbs in pidgin (youth affairs), names and naming practices, short stories, a series of lectures honoring Mukoro Mowoe by Professor Peter P. Ekeh, Professor Obaro Ikime, and others. Has links to sites about writer, Ben Okri. [KF]

Verba Africana: E-learning of African Languages and Oral Literatures: DVDs and Internet materials
" document African oral genres (poems, narratives, songs etc.) for teaching and research." Coordinators are Daniela Merolla, Department of Languages and Cultures of Africa and Jan Jansen, Dept of Anthropology, Leiden University. or

Voices, Wisconsin Review of African Languages Literatures
Published by the graduate students of the Department of African Languages & Literature, University of  Wisconsin, Madison. The first issue is May/June 1999. Katrina Daly Thompson is the Editor.

Volet, Jean-Marie, "Pr?sentation des documents rassembl?s dans ce dossier consacr? au dernier livre d'Henri Lopes, "Le Lys et le Flamboyant"
In French. Article in the e-journal, Mots Pluriels, No. 7, 1998. Includes an interview with Henri Lopes by Jean-Luc Aka Evy (1997).

Wagadu, Journal of Transnational Women's and Gender Studies
Online journal, several Africa-related articles - En-gendering Critical Spatial Literacy: Migrant Asante Women and the Politics of Urban Space, by Epifania Amoo-Adare; When Male Becomes Female and Female Becomes Male in Mande, by Kassim Kone; Mariama Bâ's Fictional World, by Siga Fatima Jagne. Based at SUNY at Cortland.

Wainaina, Binyavanga - How to Write About Africa
"Always use the word 'Africa' or 'Darkness' or 'Safari' in your title. Subtitles may include the words 'Zanzibar', 'Masai', 'Zulu', 'Zambezi', 'Congo', 'Nile', 'Big', 'Sky', 'Shadow', 'Drum', 'Sun' or 'Bygone'. Also useful are words such as 'Guerrillas', 'Timeless', 'Primordial' and 'Tribal'. Note that 'People' means Africans who are not black, while 'The People' means black Africans." Article in Granta 92: The View from Africa. "Granta magazine publishes new writing—fiction, personal history, reportage and inquiring journalism..."
See also the New York Times Book review, "A Writer's Beginnings in Kenya" by By ALEXANDRA FULLER, (August 14, 2011, p. 12) of his book, One Day I Will Write About This Place, (Minneapolis, MN: Graywolf Press, 2011).

Wasafiri (London)
Important literary magazine with "writers from African, Caribbean, Asian and Black British backgrounds" Subscription required to read the full text of each issue. Some free content online. Began publication 1984. Over 300 libraries have holdings.

Webb, Hugh - "Passionate Spaces : African Literature and the Post-Colonial Context"
Full text of the book. 237 pages. First published in 1991 by Postcolonial Press, Attadale, W. Australia. Includes a bibliography. On the site of Murdoch University, Centre for Research in Culture and Communication, African Cultural Studies.

Williams, Angela A. - "Mother Tongue: Interviews with Musaemura B. Zimunya and Solomon Mutswairo."
Full text article about "the implications of foreign languages, and specifically the English language, on the creative process and product of African poets" in The Journal of African Travel-Writing, Number 4, April 1998 (pp. 36-44).

Women's World. Organization for Rights, Literature and Development
Focuses on gender-based censorship and encourages the development of women's presses and journals. Board members include Ama Ata Aidoo (Ghana), and Micere Githae Mugo (Kenya). Has the full text of "The Power of the Word: Culture, Censorhip and Voice" by Meredith Tax with Marjorie Agosin, Ama Ata Aidoo, Ritu Menon, Ninotchka Rosca, and Mariella Sala. Has an Africa Program. Provides advice on contracts, copyright, speaking engagements. Has articles such as "Women writing for their rights" by Gertrude Fester, "Talking About Feminism in Africa" by Amina Mama, Political Power: the Challenges of Sexuality, Patriarchy and Globalization in Africa" and "Radically Speaking: The Significance of the Women's Movement for Southern Africa" by Patricia McFadden, plus poetry and short stories. [KF]

World Literature Today (Norman, Oklahoma, Vol. 80, No. 5, Sept.-Oct. 2006)
Full text articles from the special section on Censorship in the 21st Century - Power Demons by Ngugi wa Thiong'o (an excerpt from his novel, Wizard of the Crow), Free Speech in Zimbabwe, by Brian Chikwava, and Zimbabwe's Battle for Press Freedom, by Andrew Meldrum. Review of Skinner's Drift, first novel of Lisa Fugard, daughter of Athol Fugard. Published at the Universityi of Oklahoma, Norman, OK. [KF]

World Literature Written in English
Has the table of contents for Vol. 32-36 (1997). WLWE iis a "scholarly journal devoted to the study of literature in English and in the new englishes written throughout the world, and variously termed post-colonial or new literatures in English, Commonwealth literature, contact literature, global literature, or resistance literature." [KF]