By Ellah Wakatama Allfrey
In 2014, UNESCO's international ebook Capital is Port Harcourt, Nigeria-the first urban in Africa to obtain the designation via public bid.
This makes it a distinct yr for the Port Harcourt e-book pageant, to be able to be in its 7th yr, and larger than ever. they're becoming a member of forces with the across the world popular Hay competition, to be able to convey to Port Harcourt its 39 Project-a festival to spot the thirty-nine so much promising younger abilities below the age of 40 in sub-Saharan Africa and the diaspora. It follows the luck of Bogotá 39 in 2007 and Beirut 39 in 2010. either well-known a few authors who now have foreign profiles: in Bogotá, Adriana Lisboa, Alejandro Zambra, Juan Gabriel Vásquez, Daniel Alarcón, and Junot Díaz; in Beirut, Randa Jarrar, Joumana Haddad, Abdellah Taia, Samar Yazbek, and Faiza Guene. In Nigeria this 12 months, the esteemed judges contain modern writer Margaret Busby; novelist and playwright Elechi Amadi,writer and student Osonye Tess Onwueme, and Caine Prize winner Binyavanga Wainaina.
For the second one time, Bloomsbury is venerated to join the festivities, publishing around the globe Africa39-a selection of fresh paintings from those proficient thirty-nine.
With an advent by way of Wole Soyinka, Africa39 is a must-read for someone eager about Africa this day and Africa the next day, as predicted in the course of the eyes of its brightest literary stars.
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