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12 April 2016

Nigerian Poet In Zimbabwe


Nigerian poet Wana Udobang aka Wana Wana was an inspiring presence at the Sistaz Open Mic session held last Saturday at Pamberi Trust Garden. More about this in our next newsletter!


The next book club is on April 21 at Moto Republic, situated at No 3 Allan Wilson Drive near Parirenyatwa Hospital. The club starts at 6pm. All are welcome to attend even if they have not read the book.
The book PENUMBRA by Songeziwe Mahlangu, Winner of the Etisalat Prize for literature 2014
"Mangaliso Zolo is a hapless recent graduate, still living in the southern suburbs of Cape Town near the university. Manga has an office job at a large insurance company, but he is anonymous and overlooked in this vast bureaucracy. Penumbra charts Manga’s daily struggles with mental illness and the twin pull, from his many friends and acquaintances, between a reckless drug-fuelled lifestyle and charismatic Christianity. The novel brings an alternative experience of Cape Town to life, one far removed from both the gloss of tourism brochures and the familiar poverty of the Cape Flats. Mahlangu’s voice is unlike anything South African literature has yet seen and this debut novel dissects young, urban slackers in South Africa with startling precision." This is what NB publishers say about the book - what do you think? 

Songeziwe Mahlangu
Biographical info

Songeziwe Mahlangu was born in Alice in 1985. He matriculated from Dale College, in King William’s Town, and went on to do a business science degree at the University of Cape Town. He returned to university to do a Masters degree in Creative Writing at Rhodes, Grahamstown, in 2011. Penumbra is the end result of that degree and his first novel.  Songeziwe currently lives in East London and works at a large accountancy firm. 
The Etisalat Prize for Literature is the first ever pan-African prize celebrating first time writers of published fiction books. The Prize aims to serve as a platform for the discovery of new creative talent out of the continent and invariably promote the burgeoning publishing industry in Africa.
By recognizing and celebrating writers and other members of the literary community across Africa, Etisalat plans to bring some much needed awareness and acclaim to the art of Fiction writing while also applauding and rewarding the efforts of those who have ventured into this genre in recent times.



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