By Ellah Wakatama Allfrey
In 2014, UNESCO's international e-book Capital is Port Harcourt, Nigeria-the first urban in Africa to obtain the designation via public bid.
This makes it a distinct 12 months for the Port Harcourt e-book pageant, with a purpose to be in its 7th 12 months, and larger than ever. they're becoming a member of forces with the the world over popular Hay pageant, on the way to carry to Port Harcourt its 39 Project-a festival to spot the thirty-nine such a lot promising younger abilities below the age of 40 in sub-Saharan Africa and the diaspora. It follows the good fortune of Bogotá 39 in 2007 and Beirut 39 in 2010. either well-known a few authors who now have overseas 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 comprise 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 commemorated to join the festivities, publishing world wide Africa39-a selection of fresh paintings from those proficient thirty-nine.
With an advent via Wole Soyinka, Africa39 is a must-read for somebody excited about Africa this present day and Africa the next day, as estimated during the eyes of its brightest literary stars.
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