Krystal Pen

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

Archive for June 2017

Commonwealth short story winner set to be unveiled in Singapore 

We had long anticipated this moment and it is at last only few hours away.  The overall winner of the 2017 commonwealth short story award will be unveiled at Singapore tomorrow.  Alongside Nigeria’s Akwaeke Emezi are the four other regional winners whose short stories all stand a chance of scooping home the prestigious writers award. The Commonwealth Short Story Prize is awarded annually for the best piece of unpublished short […]

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Meet the African woman whose novel is now made mandatory for freshers in an American University 

Homegoing is the novel and Yaa Gyasi is the author!  The ‘three books’ programme from the Stanford University made the debut novel of the beautiful African-born novelist as one of the three books recommended for freshers of the University.  This is what Stanford University Undergrad published: Three Books is a signature Stanford New Student Orientation program for first-year and new transfer students. Each year, a faculty moderator selects three books […]

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Why we love Chimamanda’s TED talk

Humans are complex and so it is grossly inappropriate, demeaning and severely criminal to tell a single story about a man.  Tell a single negative story about a man and I would be skeptical if you won’t be one day described as a man who lived by the sword.  Now read excerpts from Chimamanda’s TED talk about the dangers of a single story: My roommate had a single story of […]

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Chinua Achebe: Why he abandoned Medicine to study Literature 

This post is not written to inspire you, but to make you look at things from a new perspective, a more pragmatic perspective.  It will interest you to know that one of Nigeria’s foremost writers, Chinua Achebe (of blessed memories), whose notable works included; Things fall apart, No longer at ease, Arrow of God, A man of the people and Anthills of Savannah, was first offered a scholarship to study […]

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How much do you know about Africa Writes? 

Africa writes is UK’s largest African literature and books festival. It is an annual celebration of contemporary literature from Africa and the diaspora.  The event which is organized by the Royal African Society is here again- starting June 30th to July 2nd.  The year’s events promises to be super exciting, like a loosed heaven in a dark night. That’s sounds super exciting right? Well, you wouldn’t get to know how […]

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You might want to have a feel of that electrifying novel- The power

You must be wondering why Ayobami Adebayo’s ‘Stay with me’ could not win the Prestigious Bailey’s award.  This is why……. Obviously something better struck- something electrifying.  They said Naomi’s ‘The Power’ won because it was electrifying. So I got an excerpt of ‘the power’ for you.  But remember, it’s electrifying, even the excerpt.  The men lock Roxy in the cupboard when they do it. What they don’t know is: she’s […]

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