Reviews: Books from not so humble beginnings...

Photo©ReutersImbolo Mbue's debut novel, Behold the Dreamers became the most expensive African fiction manuscript after Random House paid a whopping million dollars for the US rights.

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Music: Behind the scenes with Aar Maanta

Photos© All rights reserved Passionate about his people's struggle, the Somali-born British singer is working on his next EP, Somali Songs from the Diaspora 2

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Hollywood eyes African novels

Idris Elba©Participant MediaBeasts of No Nation, the highly anticipated film by US director Cary Fukunaga, is set to hit the silver screen in 2015.

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Words to live by in 2014

Mukoma wa Ngugi Novelist and poet. Image©AljazeeraAfrican writers telling stories about life outside the continent is a growing theme.

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African writers are in a privileged position - Aminatta Forna

Aminatta Forna British-Sierra Leonean author/Jepson/writer pictures/LeemageWhen talking to friends from the former Yugoslavia at a dinner party, Aminatta Forna realised there was something she understood that the British people around her just were not getting.

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Looking for Transwonderland: Travels in Nigeria

Better known for its military regimes and power outages than its luxurious rainforests and diverse cultural heritage, Nigeria is not widely considered a tourist hotspot.

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Publishing Africa Writers Series celebrates 50 years

This year bring the renaissance of the African Writers Series (AWS), now run by Pearson's publishing arm Longman after the original publisher, Heinemann Educational Books, stopped issuing new works because of financial problems.

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The Africa Report's book picks of 2011

The Africa Report gives you its favourite books from last year.

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Zimbabwe: The house that books built

Award-winning writer Petina Gappah ?is working to revive Harare City Library. Here she explains the importance of the library to the city’s cultural life?

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Nyayo's babies: New writing from Kenya

A review of Kwani Vol 6, the Kenyan literary journal's edition devoted to writers born after 1978.

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Nigeria's people's manifesto: Education

altAs election season continues in Nigeria, we canvassed Nigerians from across the country for their top priorities. They want their kids to be taught real world skills.

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Book releases: Arabic science, Africa after the Cold War, Hairdresser of Harare

Reviews of Pathfinders: The Golden Age of Arabic Science, The Curse of Berlin: Africa after the Cold War and the Hairdresser of Harare

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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie on Ama Ata Aidoo

The Nigerian writer says she feels a "deep gratitude to" Ghana's Ata Aidoo as part of our series asking African writers to pay homage to their literary legends.  

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Literary legends that continue to inspire

A series of new literary biographies shows the enduring legacy of Africa’s ?independence-era writers and the themes they treated. We ask three African writers about their literary heroes.

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Books: Pages for the people

More people than ever before are reading novels and history books, and not just as textbooks, encouraging local publishers to get into an expanding market


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