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Farafina Workshop Alumna Akwaeke Emezi Announces Debut Novel ‘Freshwater’ & Binyavanga Approves

Rising literary star Akwaeke Emezi announced publisher Atlantic Grove will publish her novel ‘Freshwater’ Wednesday.

Rising literary star and filmmaker Akwaeke Emezi announced that her debut novel Freshwater will be published by prominent, independent American publisher Atlantic Grove.


And as Brittle Paper reports, Kenyan Caine Prize for African Writing winner Binyavanga Wainaina, who got a sneak peak of the manuscript, approves.

The alumnus of novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s esteemed Farafina Workshop and sister of Lagos-based photographer and Yagalifefacts cartoonist Yagazie Emezi posted the news on her Instagram Wednesday.

Those of you hip to happenings within African literary circles may have known something special has been stewing for Akwaeke since last September when she also disclosed that she had joined the renowned roster of The Wylie Agency, which reps the best of the best in African literature from Adichie, Teju Cole and Chinua Achebe’s estate.

With an impressive C.V. that includes being published in a Caine Prize anthology, a previous residency at Hub City’s Writers Project and numerous awards for her writing and filmmaking, Akwaeke’s news may come as little surprise—as cream always rises to the top.

If you haven’t already been keeping an eye out for Akwaeke, you can peruse her impressive work here.

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Bobi Wine's Release Detailed in Latest Episode of 'The Messenger'

Trauma is the topic on the podcast's latest episode: "The Ballot or The Bullet."

The latest episode of The Messenger is something to behold.

Created by Sudanese-American rapper Bas, The Messenger throws the spotlight on the thunderous circumstances many African countries face, with a close focus on Ugandan politician Bobi Wine.

In his most recent traumatic experience, Wine and his wife Barbara Itungo Kyagulanyi were released from a nearly two-week military house arrest following the ruling of a Ugandan court. Keeping up with current events and circumstances that Wine finds himself in, the latest episode of the podcast recounts the traumatic events that led to Wine's very public abuse and eventual house arrest.

Upon his release, Wine spoke with The Messenger and had this to say, "I want to remind the world that we went in this election knowing how corrupt the staff of the electoral commission is. We saw this through the campaign and the world saw how much was oppressed, how biased and one sided the electoral commission was, and how much it was in the full grip of General Museveni. And therefore we are going to test every legal test, we shall take every legal test. We shall take every legal step. And indeed we shall take every moral and morally proactive, nonviolent, but legal and peaceful step to see that we liberate ourselves. The struggle has not ended. It is just beginning."

Listen to Episode 7 of The Messenger here.

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