Nicklas Hållén: What is your background? Where did you grow up and what is your educational background? Ikenna Okeh: I come from a middle class home, the second of six children. My father is a businessman who has ventured into many businesses – from dealing on automobile spare parts, car sales, industrial supplies, and lately,... Continue Reading →
The members of the project have edited a special issue of English Studies in Africa (Vol 61(2), 2018). The issue focuses on street literature and other forms of textual culture. Ashleigh Harris has authored the introduction and Nicklas Hållén has contributed an article about the poetics of uplift on Okadabooks, an app and online reading... Continue Reading →
By Ashleigh Harris Sheila Bosire describes herself as a “career writer” mostly interested in literary fiction, which is a brave career choice in Nairobi, where fiction is clearly on the decline. Bosire describes literary fiction as a “niche market” in Kenya and this supports the impression I have had when talking to a variety of... Continue Reading →
The Day of the Imprisoned Writer was started by PEN International in 1981 to recognize authors who face repression and imprisonment for their work. It has been observed on 15 November every year since then. This year, one of members of the project - Nicklas Hållén – was invited to participate in a public talk... Continue Reading →
Interview with Concurrences in Colonial and Postcolonial Studies, Linnaeus University, Sweden. Here we are talking about our research project with the Concurrences research project and centre of excellence at Linnaeus University.
The FunDza Literacy Trust is a highly significant contributor to the growth of literacy in South Africa. It operates several simultaneous projects, including bursaries for trainee teachers, and teacher developers, among other projects. Of particular significance is its story project aimed at youth readers. This is an online story platform, whose format is 4-7... Continue Reading →
African Story Book is an online digital collection of over 843 African Story Books. These are not only free and open access, but also are open for readers to translate or adapt themselves. As such, the Story Books collected on the site cover an astonishing 116 languages and, currently, the site links to over 3861... Continue Reading →
Ordinary Superheroes is a new Cape Town based comic created by a team of writers and artists including Ziphozakhe Hlobo, Nicole Leonards, Lena Posch, Xolisa Tamarana and Pacifique King. The comic aims to reveal everyday acts of heroism for young African readers. The first comic in the series, which is planned as a bi-annual release, Khazimla's Adventures superheroes This is no... Continue Reading →