Krystal Pen

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

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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The latest Nigerian following the footsteps of Chimamanda

In a month’s time, the Baileys prize will announce it’s 2017 winner.  Among the six novelists is Nigeria’s Ayobami Adebayo, the author of the debut novel, Stay with me.  The prestigious annual £30000 book award for fiction had previously seen only one black woman clinch the award. But Ayobami’s intriguing ‘Stay with me’ could see her becoming just the second woman, following the footsteps of Chimamanda Adichie. The award has […]

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We become branches in times of war

In times of war, we realize that every look of humanity that once flushed us, flakes off, in bits, until we become mere branches, leaning on one mahogany, planted somewhere. Mere branches, that is what we are. So you see, all we needed was just a little of the sun and a little of the rain. After all, who knows what will plug us one day from where we lay? […]

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