The Open Society Initiative for West Africa is seeking applications for its Poets’ Residency. West African poets, of any age, residing in Africa are eligible to apply. The residency supports a poet who desires an Indaba in energetic Dakar, Senegal. The 4-day residency will be led by two African poets and culminate in the publishing of a poetry collection. Please click here for more information.
Bakar Mansaray, the founder of the Mandingo Scrolls blog and winner of the 2017 Writer-of-the-Year, Afro-Canadian Heroes Award, is known for his riveting short stories and tales of life in his native Sierra Leone. In his new book, My Afro-Canadian Chronicle , published by Sierra Leonean Writers Series, the author sheds a personal light on the devastating effects of underdevelopment on a country that went through one of the most atrocious civil wars in modern history. "For those who have read books of literature, history and anthropology from Sierra Leone and yet harbour the sinking feeling that there had to be a missing link between narratives, Bakar’s book provides that missing link to complete the national narrative," writes novelist and poet Oumar Farouk Sesay in the Foreword. "This autobiography is a portrait painted on a canvas of memory in vivid and sometimes dark hues, telling a story only a mind as lucid as the author’s can tell. This excerpt was used wi
This week, Vitabu Books spoke to Benin-born writer Eberekpe Ogho Anthony Whyte. In his introduction on his website , he describes his mother as being "difficultly religious." As a child, Eberekpe says he often wondered whether she was a "miserable angel from wretch heaven...fooled by the Cherubim and Seraphim Sect with a poor white flowing robe, and an elongated square cap with a cross tailored above it." Whyte saw his father as more pragmatic: "an artist who enjoyed life to the fullest and never a time forgot his ancestral heritage." EW thinks he inherited his creative flame from both parents: One who believed God is everything and the other in the everything called God. Vitabu Books : You also describe yourself as a writer with an edge. Why? Eberekpe Whyte : The person who made that statement is Bunmi Fasehun . She's a poet and the publisher of Le Chics . She also happens to be the designer of Eberekpe Whyte dot com, having gone through some of
An undated aerial photo of Susan's Bay, Freetown by Wallin Eleazar Riebel of Otterbein University. The postcard was digitized in March 2006 and the digital publisher is the Otterbein University Library. The original photo is stored in the repository of the Otterbein University Library Archives. Postcard captioned, "Susan's Bay, Sierra Leone." Aerial view, looking inland. ( Susan's Bay, Freetown, Sierra Leone ) On Wednesday, March 24, Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr Mayor of Freetown wrote on Facebook : "J ust left the scene of a terrible fire at Susan’s Bay. The entire community has been burnt to the ground. Thousands are affected. We won’t know the full scale of the disaster until tomorrow when we conduct an assessment with NDMA and other partners. Many children are missing, separated from their parents in the chaos. Twelve children were at the FSU at Eastern Police station. We understand that other children might have boarded boats moored on the wharf. Devastating to w