theculturetrip.com Society Arts & Leisure 

The New Magazines and Journals Shaping Africa’s Literary Scene

Lolwe, Doek and other digital publications are helping to amplify new voices from the continent.   KISUMU, Kenya — While he was finishing his master’s degree in creative writing in England two years ago, Troy Onyango remembers, he lamented with his friends about how few literary outlets were devoted to Black writers, poets and photographers like them. For Onyango, he said, it was about, “How do we just find a space where we can all congregate?” That question led to Lolwe, an online literary magazine he launched in 2020 with the…

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Our Human Home:  Waging Holy War against the Age

  D.W. Walker   Introduction I grew up in a middle-class suburban house in the suburbs of a small town in the Rocky Mountains, the house at the edge of the three-block-long development on an unpaved street, half a mile from the rest of the town. It was an area of young people starting families, a lovely place for children, our house mere feet from a seemingly endless forest of ponderosa pines and robins and blue sky. With my dog, I would leave the house with my fishing rod and…

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Liberian Listener Poetry Prize: Guidelines

  The Liberian Listener is pleased to present its inaugural annual POETRY PRIZE, a contest informed by social justice and cultural perspectives Contestants should be from Liberia and Sierra Leone. Contestants must not have been published by a major poetry journal. The winner chosen in each category and runners-up will have their works published, and shared with the Liberian Listener’s audience. Finally, Liberian Listener commits to publishing an annual literary prize, and the contests are expected to be informed by an issue-based theme. Prizes are expected to increase or remain the same. Read below…

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A Cultural Hub In The Heart of Dallas: Monrovia Lounge Reopens

Staff Report When relentless but powerful storm and rain turned into an uncontrollable flood that pummeled Texas and surrounding states a few months ago, little did anyone expect that much of the southeastern United States, that produced the powerful winds would also affect the Monrovia Lounge—an enterprising Liberian business, which got damaged severely by the catastrophe. The damage was so extensive, according to the owners that, resurrecting the restaurant took all the resolve and energy they could gather to open their doors again. The Monrovia Lounge was begun according to…

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plundered african art /irishtimes Society Arts & Leisure 

African Bronzes Are Scattered Everywhere: Museums Are Asked Where They Stand on Restitution

  On the heels of news that Germany’s museums are making new strides towards restitution, we asked various museums to update us on their own plans.   Germany’s landmark announcement that it would begin to restitute Benin bronzes as soon as 2022 sent ripples through museum communities around the world. The contentious objects, known to have been looted from the Benin Royal Palace in 1897, are scattered across some of the most prominent museums the world over. From institutions like the Metropolitan Museum in New York, which holds 163 pieces, to the…

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African collectors are driving global sales of contemporary African art

  By Ciku Kimeria Sotheby’s recently concluded its bi-annual Modern & Contemporary African Art auction, exceeding the lower end of its pre-sale estimate by over 40% to net £2.7 million ($3.7 million). Participants hailed from 34 countries, with over a third of buyers transacting with Sotheby’s for the first time, making the auction houses’ third online-only auction of contemporary African art a major success. The category was created by Sotheby’s only four years ago to champion the work of African artists. Since then, it has achieved over 80 record-breaking sales, underscoring the…

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How African book clubs are bringing together readers from across the world

Going to university 4,000 miles from the place she grew up wasn’t easy for 22-year-old Ayobami Lawal. She was raised in Port Harcourt, Nigeria, and at the age of 17 moved to the UK, where she’s now studying chemical engineering at the University of Bath. Looking for a way to feel more connected to home, Lawal discovered an online book club, the Happy Noisemaker, based in Nigeria. “I figured that the people attending would be similar to me, and I wouldn’t feel so foreign,” she tells CNN. In February, Lawal…

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LIBERIA: TOWARDS CRYSTALLIZING A LITERARY SPIRIT  

    By K. Moses Nagbe REFLECTING ON WHAT IN these past four months I’ve participated in on the Focus on Liberia platform, I’ve recognized the significance of conversation in meaningful ways that I hadn’t done in a long time. Purposeful conversations do carry seeds of development and progress. Why? Because such conversations are likely to generate ideas that drive dreams to be conquered,  dreams to be attained.  In the area of literacy and literature, that culture of purposeful conversations must rise to a high peak of intensity that is…

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CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS – WOC ANTHOLOGY  “Boundaries & Borders”  

  Special Limited Opening Request For Liberian Women Writers ***Deadline Midnight Monday, June 17th  The Women of Color Writers’ Community invites Liberian Writers to submit their writing for possible inclusion in Boundaries & Borders a Theme-Based Anthology that broadly interprets  experiences of living within or overcoming the confines of culture, status, and condition/s in our lives – written as you choose to write about it.   We are seeking a Diversity of Writing That Meets the Anthology’s Theme   Our Goal – to Present, Underrepresented Womens’ Literary Works to the World  SUBMISSION…

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The Literary Hour: Call for Submissions

The Literary Hour hosts invite submissions for the edited volume titled “What Liberia Means to Me.” The volume will contain reflections that focus on personal stories, anecdotes, community experiences culture, arts and lived experiences. Entries may be reflective, humorous. Submissions may be in English or local Liberian languages with translation. Essay length of no more than three paragraphs (700 words limit) – Entries must be unpublished and submitted in Palatino font (12 pts), double-spaced in 8 1/2” x 11” paper size, with a brief bio of no more than 6…

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