Two thirds of Kenyans pay to download online video. Almost none read ebooks. Proof Africans don’t read? No. Proof ebook retailers are looking the other way

It’s the twenty-first century. Even in Africa. And contrary to popular opinion, the internet is not only available across the continent but is shaping the continent’s future. This from IT News Africa this past week: If there was ever a time to watch progress in Africa, it would be now. As we have seen so Read More …

Storymoja – a book in every hand

Kenya’s Daily Nation weekend lifestyle section carries an interview with Abukakar Adam Ibrahim, the Nigerian author of Season of Crimson Blossoms, which won the Nigeria Prize for Literature 2016, Africa’s richest literary prize. Abukakar Adam Ibrahim was in the Kenyan capital Nairobi in September for the Goethe Institut Literary Crossroads event, which featured two writers from two Read More …

The Mogadishu and Nairobi Book Fairs – Publishing Challenges In Africa

The Nairobi Book Fair is underway in Kenya this week. It comes hard on the heels of another East Africa book event, in Somalia. The Mogadishu Book Fair is just three years old, and a brave attempt at normality in a country ridden by insurgency, piracy (real pirates, not book pirates) and famine. The thirty-one Read More …