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    Reading List: @AfricaAtLSE Blog Posts of the Year – Editor’s Cut

Reading List: @AfricaAtLSE Blog Posts of the Year – Editor’s Cut

You may have already have seen our Most Popular Blog Posts of the Year, so you may be wondering what this is about. Well, this is to capture notable articles which did not make it into the Top 10, but stood out in other ways. This could be the way they resonated with their readers or how aptly they […]

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    Book Review – Water: New Short Fiction from Africa edited by Nick Mulgrew and Karina Szczurek

Book Review – Water: New Short Fiction from Africa edited by Nick Mulgrew and Karina Szczurek

Arresting, memorable and innovative – that is how LSE’s Matt Birkinshaw describes the new collection of short stories entitled Water: New Short Fiction from Africa.

A diverse collection of 21 pieces of short fiction in English, Water features work from across the continent with a concentration in South, and southern Africa.  The book presents work submitted to Short Story Day Africa […]

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    Book Review – African Theatre 14: Contemporary Women Edited by Jane Plastow, Yvette Hutchison and Christine Matzke

Book Review – African Theatre 14: Contemporary Women Edited by Jane Plastow, Yvette Hutchison and Christine Matzke

African Theatre 14: Contemporary Women looks at the lives, challenges and contributions of African women from across the continent to making and participating in theatre in the 21st century. Yovanka Perdigão calls this book a useful aid to further the conversation on how to improve accessibility and the work of African women in theatre.

Little is known of the role […]

  • Permalink Serge Attukwei Clottey and GoLokal, My Mother's Wardrobe, performance at Gallery 1957, 6 March 2016, courtesy the artist and Gallery 1957, photo by Nii OdzenmaGallery

    Art and its role in telling personal, family and collective histories

Art and its role in telling personal, family and collective histories

As a new art gallery launches in Accra, Nyaguthii Maina meets creative director Nana Oforiatta Ayim to discuss the art and creative industry in Ghana.

On March 6 2016 as Ghana marked 59 years of independence, Gallery 1957, a new gallery with a curatorial focus on contemporary Ghanaian art by the country’s most significant artists celebrated its inaugural exhibition. With […]

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    In Pius Adesanmi’s speech and writing, there is hope for a Pan-African future

In Pius Adesanmi’s speech and writing, there is hope for a Pan-African future

In the third of a series of articles ahead of the 2016 LSE Africa Summit, Justin Villamil and Yossie Olaleye meet Professor Pius Adesanmi to discuss current issues in Nigerian politics, the African diaspora, and contemporary Nigerian literature.

Follow the LSE Space For Thought Literary Festival 2016 on Twitter with the hashtag #LSELitFest.

If you close your eyes and picture a literature […]

February 25th, 2016|Arts/Culture, Featured|1 Comment|
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    Souffles turns 50: Remembering the “Breath” of Moroccan Francophone Literature

Souffles turns 50: Remembering the “Breath” of Moroccan Francophone Literature

Khalid Lyamlahy recalls the role played by Moroccan review Souffles in initiating a new cultural movement in 1960s Morocco.

This is part of our joint series with the Africa In Words blog: Reflections on African Literature taking place this week alongside the LSE Space for Thought Literary Festival 2016.

Why is francophone North African literature becoming increasingly popular in the UK […]

February 24th, 2016|Arts/Culture, Featured|0 Comments|
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    Of Lagos, startups, cigarettes and prostitutes: a Nigerian writer unveils his literary inspiration

Of Lagos, startups, cigarettes and prostitutes: a Nigerian writer unveils his literary inspiration

Leye Adenle discusses how an encounter with a sex worker led to him giving her the central role in his first feature-length novel.

This is part of our joint series with the Africa In Words blog: Reflections on African Literature taking place this week alongside the LSE Space for Thought Literary Festival 2016.

Even though my book is about a sex […]

February 22nd, 2016|Arts/Culture, Featured|2 Comments|
  • Permalink This photo is from the book, Travels in the Timannee, Kooranko, and Soolima by Alexander Gordon Laing describing the time spent in an area of West Africa that includes present-day Sierra Leone.Gallery

    West African history and culture unveiled in British Library exhibition

West African history and culture unveiled in British Library exhibition

“A landmark exhibition at the British Library finally explodes the colonial myth of Africa being the dark continent.”

So begins a review of the ongoing British Library exhibition West Africa: Word, Symbol, Song in the publication Nigerian Watch, praise that is very much deserved.

From the ancient Mali empire to the modern day, West Africa: Word, Symbol, Song traces over 1000 […]

January 30th, 2016|Arts/Culture, Featured|0 Comments|
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    Book Review – Rethinking African Cultural Production (eds.) Frieda Ekotto & Kenneth W. Harrow

Book Review – Rethinking African Cultural Production (eds.) Frieda Ekotto & Kenneth W. Harrow

Rethinking Africa Cultural Production makes a bold attempt to think differently about the impact of travel, exile and diaspora on African cultural production, says Robin Steedman.

Rethinking African Cultural Production is a provocative edited volume that lives up to its title’s claim of “rethinking.” The challenge the book throws out is how to think of the “African-ness” of “African” cultural […]

Positive Living: Art and AIDS in South Africa

A new exhibition in London showcases how South Africa’s creative community used art to move their government to act on the HIV/AIDS pandemic. Suyin Haynes previews the exhibition.

On a rather rainy December morning in a small corner of Bloomsbury, a slice of remarkable African art and activism was brought to the Peltz Gallery, housed in one of the many […]

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