Africa39: chose writers for the World Book Capital 2014

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Lately at the London Book Fair (LBF) was a breakfast press conference to reveal an eagerly anticipated rollcall of 39 writers under the age of 40 from Africa and its diaspora. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Dinaw Mengestu are among the 39-strong lineup. 

The selection process began last year, with Caine prizewinning author and founder of the Kenyan literary journal Kwani?, Binyavanga Wainaina, consulting publishers, agents and critics to identify hundreds of writers from which to choose 39. Apart from the age criterion, contenders had to have published at least one work of fiction, and to show stand-out potential for development.

An Africa39 anthology, which will be published by Bloomsbury in October.

The 39 writers

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Nigeria)

Richard Ali A Mutu (Democratic Republic of Congo)

Monica Arac de Nyeko (Uganda)

Rotimi Babatunde (Nigeria)

Eileen Barbosa (Cape Verde)

A Igoni Barrett (Nigeria)

Jackee Budesta Batanda (Uganda)

Recaredo Silevo Boturu (Equatorial Guinea)

Nana Brew-Hammond (Ghana/US)

Shadreck Chikoti (Malawi)

Edwige Renée Dro (Ivory Coast)

Tope Folarin (Nigeria/US)

Clifton Gachagua (Kenya)

Stanley Gazemba (Kenya)

Mehul Gohil (Kenya)

Hawa Jande Golakai (Liberia)

Shafinaaz Hassim (South Africa)

Abubakar Adam Ibrahim (Nigeria)

Stanley Onjezani Kenani (Malawi/Switzerland)

Dinaw Mengestu (Ethiopia/US)

Nadifa Mohamed (Somalia/UK)

Nthikeng Mohlele (South Africa)

Linda Musita (Kenya)

Sifiso Mzobe (South Africa)

Glaydah Namukasa (Uganda)

Kioko Ndinda (Kenya)

Okwiri Oduor (Kenya)

Ukamaka Olisakwe (Nigeria)

Ondjaki (Born in Luanda, Angola and lives in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)

Chibundu Onuzo (Nigeria)

Nii Ayikwei Parkes (Ghana/UK)

Taiye Selasi (Ghana/Nigeria/UK/Italy)

Namwali Serpell (Zambia/US)

Lola Shoneyin (Nigeria)

Novuyo Rosa Tshuma (Zimbabwe/South Africa)

Chika Unigwe (Nigeria/Belgium/US)

Zukiswa Wanner (Zambia/South Africa/Zimbabwe/Kenya)

Mary Watson (South Africa/Ireland)

Mohamed Yunus Rafiq (Tanzania)

Read more @ The Guardian

~ by eneryvibes on 1,April 26, 2014.

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