SUMMER 2015 CONTRIBUTORS:
Unoma Azuah is listed as one of the top English professors teaching at private colleges and universities in the United States. Her writing awards include a Hellman/Hammett grant, an Urban Spectrum award, the Leonard Trawick award, the Association of Nigerian Authors/ NDDC Flora Nwapa Award for her debut novel Sky-high Flames, and the Aidoo-Snyder Book Award for her novel Edible Bones.
Rotimi Babatunde was awarded the 2012 Caine Prize for African Writing for his story “Bombay’s Republic.” In 2015, he was longlisted for The Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award. His plays have been staged in several countries, including Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Babatunde is a recipient of fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, Ledig House, and the Bellagio Center. He lives in Ibadan, Nigeria.
Kehinde Bademosi is a human factor design specialist with over 15 years of management experience in branding. In 2008, Bademosi founded Orange Academy, Africa’s first practical school of integrated brand experience. Under the pen name “Kenny Brandmuse,” Bademosi curates active online conversations about gay rights in Nigeria, where homosexuality carries a 14-year prison sentence under current laws. His first book and memoir, The Exodus, captures his life as a Pentecostal preacher boy who must cure his twin sister of a mental illness and over- come his taboo attraction to men.
Eric M. B. Becker is an award-winning translator, journalist, and writer. In 2014, he earned a PEN/Heim Translation Fund Grant for his translation of a collection of short stories from the Portuguese by Mozambican writer Mia Couto. He has also published translations of work by Brazilian writers Carlos Drummond de Andrade, Edival Lourenço, Paulo Scott, and Eric Nepomuceno. He is the editor of Words Without Borders.
Bree lives and works in Abuja, Nigeria.
Efemia Chela was born in Zambia in 1991, but grew up in England, Ghana, Botswana, and South Africa. She studied at Rhodes University, South Africa, and at Institut D’Etudes Politiques in Aix-en-Provence, France. When she grows up she would like to be a better writer and graphic novelist. She enjoys eating pizza, playing croquet, and watching black and white films. Her first published story, “Chicken,” was nomi- nated for the 2014 Caine Prize For African Writing.
Chimurenga (“Struggle for Freedom”) is a Pan-African project-based mutable object; a print magazine of culture, art, and politics; a work- space; and platform for editorial and curatorial activities based in Cape Town. Founded by editor Ntone Edjabe in 2002, it provides an innovative platform for free ideas and political reflection by Africans about Africa.
Mia Couto was born in Beira, Mozambique, in 1955. His novels and short story collections have been published in 20 languages. He was awarded the 2014 Neustadt International Prize for Literature and is one of ten finalists for the 2015 Man Booker International Prize. His work has been awarded major literary prizes in Mozambique, Portugal, Brazil, and Italy.
Annmarie Drury is a poet and translator educated at Yale who stud- ied with poets in Tanzania and Kenya, and at SOAS, University of Lon- don. In 2011, she received a PEN/Heim Translation Fund Grant. Many of her own poems have appeared in publications including Raritan and The Paris Review. She teaches at Queens College, CUNY, where she is a scholar of Victorian literature.
Martin Egblewogbe is from Ghana. He is the author of the short story collection Mr Happy and The Hammer of God & Other Stories (Ayebia, 2012). He also co-edited the collection of poetry, Look Where You Have Gone to Sit (Woeli Publications, 2010). He is a co-founder and director of the Writers Project of Ghana. His story “The Gonjon Pin” appeared in the 2014 Caine Prize anthology.
Clifton Gachagua is the winner of the 2013 Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets. He recently published a volume of poetry, Mad- man at Kilifi (University of Nebraska Press) and appears in a chapbook box set, Seven New Generation African Poets (University of Nebraska Press). He was recently selected for Africa39, a selection of the most promising 39 authors under the age of 40 from Sub-Saharan Africa and the diaspora. Clifton works at Kwani? as an editor.
Billy Kahora is the managing editor of Kwani Trust, where he has edited seven issues of Kwani? journal. His writing has appeared in Chimurenga, McSweeney’s, Granta Online, Internazionale, Vanity Fair, and Kwani?. He is the author of the nonfiction book The True Story of David Munyakei and has been shortlisted for the Caine Prize twice. He wrote the screenplay for Soul Boy and co-wrote Nairobi Half Life. Kahora is also a contributing editor at the Chimurenga Chronic.
Euphrase Kezilahabi is a major figure in Swahili literature, and the author of three volumes of poetry and six novels. Born in 1944 in Ukerewe, Tanzania (then Tanganyika), he came of age in the newly independent nation. Beginning with his first poetry collection in 1974, he has been centrally responsible for introducing free verse into Swahili. He is a professor in the Department of African Languages and Litera- ture at the University of Botswana.
Zanele Muholi was born in Umlazi township in Durban, South Africa, and lives in Johannesburg. She co-founded the Forum for the Empowerment of Women (FEW) in 2002, and in 2009 founded Ink- anyiso, a forum for queer and visual (activist) media. Muholi’s self- proclaimed mission is “to re-write a black queer and trans visual history of South Africa for the world to know of our resistance and existence at the height of hate crimes in South Africa and beyond.” She has been shortlisted for the 2015 Deutsche Börse Photography Prize for her pub- lication Faces and Phases: 2006–14 (Steidl, 2014).
André Naffis-Sahely’s poetry has been featured in The Best British Poetry 2014 and the Oxford Poets Anthology (Carcanet, 2013). Recent translations include The Physiology of the Employee by Honoré de Balzac (Wakefield Press, 2014), The Selected Poems of Abdellatif Laâbi (Carcanet, 2015), which won a PEN Translates! Grant from English PEN, and Money by Émile Zola (Alma Classics, 2016).
Mohamed Nedali was born in Tahanaout, near Marrakech, in 1962 into a family of poor farmers. Educated in Marrakech and at Nancy 2 University, France, he has taught at his local high school since 1985. He is the author of six novels. His debut, Morceaux de choix: les amours d’un apprenti boucher (Prime Cuts: The Life & Loves of an Apprentice Butcher) was selected by J.M.G. Le Clézio as the winner of the 2005 Grand Atlas Prize, and for the International Prize of the Novel of Diversity at the Festival of Cartagena in 2009. In 2012, his latest novel TristeJeunesse (Sad Youth) won the third La Mamounia Literary Award. Prime Cuts: The Life & Loves of an Apprentice Butcher, translated by André Naffis- Sahely, will be published by Ohio University Press in 2016. It was awarded a Hemingway Grant by the French Embassy in the United States.
Ribka Sibhatu is an Eritrean poet who writes in Tigrinya and Ital- ian. Born in Asmara in 1962, she was imprisoned for a year in 1979 due to her political activism and fled the country in 1980, moving first to France and then to Italy. Her publications include Aulò! Bardic Poems from Eritrea (Sinnos, 2009) and The Exact Number of Stars and Other Eritrean Fables (Sinnos, 2012). She was selected to represent Eritrea at the Poetry Parnassus held in conjunction with the London Olympics in 2012. Her poems were then translated and anthologized in The World Record (Bloodaxe Books, 2012).