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Postcards from Pan-Africa

ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA - MARCH 18:  A plaque stands outside the headquarters complex of the African Union (AU), which was a gift by the government of China and completed in 2012, on March 18, 2013 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Ethiopia, with an estimated 91 million inhabitants, is the second most populated country in Africa and the per capita income is $1,200.  (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

When reports (rumours) surfaced on that 9th of May, 2016, that Haiti, the land Aime Cesaire claimed is “where negritude stood up for the first time” had finally joined the African Union, Pan-Africanists the world round celebrated. But with the rejoice came questions; queries about the AU itself, and whether or not an African Unionised […]

Ten Paragraphs of Music Criticism


Off The Page is the UK’s only literary festival devoted to music criticism and audio culture. Taking place in the seaside town of Whitstable in Kent, this unique weekend-long event looks to expand the discourse surrounding contemporary sound and music. In the 2011 edition of this festival, Kodwo Eshun launched a “first attempt at the history of […]

Conflict and Form: Giving Shape to Your Writing

Kwani Trust have commissioned a series of articles by today’s leading African writers on writing craft and practice as a way to support writers through the process of developing and submitting manuscripts for the Kwani? Manuscript Project, Kwani Trust’s new literary prize for African writing. Including contributions from Aminatta Forna, Leila Aboulela, Ellen Banda-Aaku and Helon […]