Krystal Pen

Fiction, Poetry and everything Literary. Every voice should be heard.

Archive for May 2017

All hail the witches and the wizards

The moment spiff crossed the borders of the automated door, pushing the gush of comfort perfectly blended into that intensely air-conditioned hall, he realized he was far from home, from that unrelenting sticky heat, from those fan blades that staggard superfluously, most of all, from the torments of witchcraft. He observed a little while, but smartly, not to be singled out as one with a lost visage, a first timer. […]

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Something about success and losing one’s heritage

Something caught my attention this morning while it rained–a roof beside my house, the roof of a bar. It was made of thatch. It drew beauty and locality in a perfect blend. It called Africa to my senses, that creaselessly dark, hunky, Kenyalopiticus Africanus. How we have used our heritage to wash those dogmatic feet of some foreigners.  Now there is something about desperation, a panting desire to succeed, like […]

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You like books and you like wealth? Read what Bill Gates said about five books…. 

I have known Bill Gates to be a lover of books since he recommended the book ‘Sapiens: A brief history of Humankind’ from his twitter handle, sometime ago.  Writing from his blog, Gates notes, he revealed five books from his reading list and the impact they have accrued on him.  Now, to what he said;  ‘Summer is a great time to escape: to the beach, to the mountains, or to […]

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Another Nigerian writer wins! -Commonwealth short story prize, regional

The regional winners for the 2017 commonwealth short story prize was announced yesterday. In the African region, a Nigerian writer, Akwaeke Emezi emerged the winner, with her story ‘Who Is Like God’. The Nigerian writer who has identified herself to be an ‘Igbo and Tamil writer and video Artist based in liminal spaces’, is also a 2017 Global Arts Fund recipient, awarded by the Astraea Foundation. Her debut novel, Freshwater, […]

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£15000 and a sponsored fellowship at the University of East Anglia for this Nigerian author

For the first time since it’s inception in 2013, a Nigerian wins the etisalat prize for literature.  Jowhor Ile, author of the published fiction novel, “And after many days”, emerges winner of the etisalat prize for literature 2016, beating two other shortlisted novels.  The pan-African award is for published first time authors, with a reward of £15000, a Samsung galaxy Note, and an engraved Montblanc Meisterstuck for the winner. A […]

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65year Old Sudanese and 22year old Nigerian flexes muscles in a race to clinch the £10,000 Caine prize

The shortlist for the Caine prize for African writing, announced this morning, saw a surprising and contrasting blend of geezerhood and young blood trailing it.  The £10,000 annual short story award, which celebrates African writers, has an initial shortlist of five writers selected from tens of entries across Africa.  This years shortlist which was announced by Nii Ayikwe Parked, the Chair of judges and an award winning author, poet and […]

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