7 African Literary Giants At the Africa Writes Festival 2015

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I’m so proud of my continent, my country, my heritage, my people.

The annual Africa Writes festival came to town this month, filling the British Library with vibrant voices from the continent. Here are seven of those awesome voices you should know about:

Afrikult

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Afrikult is an online literary platform formed by three friends and colleagues (Marcelle Akita, Henry Brefo and Zaahida Nalumoso) who are passionate about using virtual and physical spaces where people can engage with, discuss and celebrate the diversity of African literature. They tweet @Afrikult

Deji Meiji Fatunla

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Dele Meiji Fatunla is a writer, and editor of What’s On Africa, the Royal African Society blog on events, cities, culture, business and development. He is also Communications Manager for the Society, and a contributor to the RAS’ cultural programmes. His non-fiction writing has appeared in a number of publications including The Guardian, New Black Magazine, New African Woman, and New African. His fiction has been published in magazines such as Saraba and Open Road Review. He tweets @delemeiji

Kadija George Sesay

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Kadija George Sesay is the founder and publisher of SABLE LitMag, which started in 2001 and re-launched in 2015, featuring internationally renowned writers on the covers. Over the years, Kadija has freelanced on various magazines as a journalist and in marketing and publicity departments of Black magazines. She had edited several anthologies of work by writers of African and Asian descent. She was recently awarded a fully funded scholarship (TECHNE/AHRC) to undertake her doctoral research on independent Black British publishers in the UK. She tweets at @SablelitMag

Jessica Horn

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Ugandan poet, women’s rights activist and founder of Akiiki Consulting

Jessica Horn is a writer, doer and interpreter of the ordinary. Heiress of a lineage extending into the Ruwenzori Mountains of western Uganda and the shadows of New York’s Yankee Stadium, Jessica has worked in leadership for over 15 years with NGOs, donors and the UN focusing on women’s health, human rights and freedom from violence. Her poetry pamphlet, Speaking in Tongues, is included in the Mouthmark Book of Poetry. She tweets @stillSHErises

Chibundu Onuzo

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Chibundu Onuzo, a Nigerian author, started writing her first book aged 17. She became the youngest female to sign to publishing giant Faber & Faber at 19, and released her first book, The Spider King’s Daughter at 21 while studying History at Kings College London. She tweets @ChibunduOnuzo

Hannah Pool

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Eritrean-born journalist, author and commentator Hannah Pool writes regularly in the national and international media. Hannah has written features, interviews and comment for the Guardian for over a decade. She is curator of talks at the Women of the World (WOW) and Africa Utopia festivals at the Southbank Centre. Hannah’s critically acclaimed book, My Fathers’ Daughter (Penguin 2006) is a memoir of her journey back to Eritrea to find her birth family. She tweets @HannahPool

Irenosen Okojie

Irenosen was born in Nigeria and moved to the UK aged 8
Irenosen was born in Nigeria and moved to the UK aged 8

Irenosen Okojie is a writer and Arts Project Manager. She has worked with the RSC, Apples & Snakes and The Southbank Centre. Her work has been featured in The Observer and The Guardian amongst other publications. Her short stories have been published internationally. Her debut novel Butterfly Fish will be published in June 2015 by Jacaranda Books. She tweets @IrenosenOkojie

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Written by Siana Bangura for Migreat

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