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On Writing The Writer

On Writing The Writer

The very act of writing anything is emotional. It is a key to our borderline spirit. It grounds us when our ego swells. It is a hard – from the get go – career to be successful in. Realising this from the onset only makes us see the world as it is and not through […]

Jamaican Luv

Jamaican Luv

Imma write verses of love Just for you mi queen I’m ma write dis ting on love For you’re di woman of mi dreams You’re di joy of mi heart I want yuh to be mi queen I’m madly in love with yuh Me yuh ah seh Love conquers everything I’m telling yuh everything Darling […]

On Poets and Poetry

On Poets and Poetry

Words can be sensual, the theory and text seductive, luminous, healing, filled with tired misapprehension. It might even manifest great ideas or small ones. For the poet in transit the work that lies ahead of him is filled with trials, turmoil, writer’s block, creative expression and artistic license. He must face up to that which […]

PAWA’S BOOK OF THE WEEK (Week 4, Second Edition)

PAWA’S BOOK OF THE WEEK (Week 4, Second Edition)

In ten short stories, Wame Molefhe from Botswana covers issues of sexuality, HIV/AIDS, death, family struggles, love, heartache and passion in her Short Stories Collection, GO TELL THE SUN. No topic is taboo and each one is addressed with skill and compassion. Set in Botswana, the stories trace the lives of characters whose paths cross […]

The Nigeria Prize For Literature 2022

The Nigeria Prize For Literature 2022

The Ardour

The Ardour

Wes Lee The Poet Loving you is my desireEver since you came into my lifeYou made me believe it’s realAnd I’ve never regretted knowing youLet’s say fate brought us togetherFor you’re the reason I believe in love againSheila you rule my world And I think we’ll build a kingdom together Sheila The Poetess Thinking of […]

My Call

My Call

While I was growing up I wanted to be an actorMy passion wasn’t educationI loved drama more than anything elseI wanted to be famousFame was my only missionI never valued educationI just loved entertainment I wanted to be featured in Africa Magic I wanted to be the talk of Big Brother Naija I wanted to […]

To That Woman

To That Woman

To that woman who’s strugglingI want to tell you this you’re strongYou’re not alone for the Lord The Lord is with youHappy women’s day to youTo that woman who’s facing challengesDon’t give up the Lord is with you Challenges come and go Challenges are raw materials To your breakthrough To that single mother our there. […]

THE PAN AFRICAN WRITERS ASSOCIATION POETRY PRIZE FOR AFRICA

THE PAN AFRICAN WRITERS ASSOCIATION POETRY PRIZE FOR AFRICA

English Category Judges report presented by Maureen Isaacson, a journalist and literary critic from South Africa. I’d like to say how honoured I was to be chosen to be part of the team of five judges for the English Category of the PAWA’s African Prize For Poetry competition. The Judges who were from diverse parts […]

PAWA’S BOOK OF THE WEEK (Week 3, Second Edition)

PAWA’S BOOK OF THE WEEK (Week 3, Second Edition)

Ryad Assani-Razaki is a writer from Benin Republic. His debut short story collection DEUX CERCLES won the Trillium Book Award for French-language fiction in 2010, while his novel, LA MAIN D’IMAN won the Prix Robert-Cliche in 2011. In DEUX CERCLES, the young author of astonishing maturity, talks about discrimination and exclusion. Each of the short […]

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