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Kofi Awoonor passes on

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The Promise of Hope: New and Selected Poems, 1964–2013

We are saddened to announce the passing of distinguished poet and novelist Kofi Awoonor. He died in the terrorist attack by al-Shabaab militants at the Westgate shopping mall on 21 September 2013 in Nairobi, Kenya.

Born George Awoonor Williams on 13 March 1935 in Wheta, the southeastern part of Ghana, Kofi Nyidevu Awoonor was a diplomat, a professor of comparative literature at numerous universities, and recently retired from teaching full-time in the Department of English at the University of Ghana.

Posted on 08 Oct 2013 around 7pm | Permalink

Giving to Help, Helping to Give launch

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Book Launch

Amalion Publishing and TrustAfrica cordially invite you to the launch of "Giving to Help, Helping to Give: The Context and Politics of African Philanthropy" Edited by Tade Akin Aina and Bhekinkosi Moyo.

Date: Friday 23 August 2013 from 17.30 to 20.00

Venue: Terrou-Bi, Route de la Corniche, Dakar, Senegal.


Contact: Tel: 33 869 46 86 (TrustAfrica)

Contact: Tel: 33 860 19 04 (Amalion)

Posted on 12 Aug 2013 around 12pm | Permalink

Chip Rossetti interviews Amalion

Journalist and translator Chip Rossetti  interviewed Amalion Publishing about the challenges it faces in the future of its growth. The interview took place at the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair in 2013. The article was then published on Publishing Perspectives, an outlet for information on the book industry.

Posted on 29 Apr 2013 around 12pm | Permalink

EnQuête + reviews book launch at BEM

Pierre Birame Dioh of the Senegalese news outlet EnQuête+ presents a review of the book launch and conference for La dette odieuse de l’Afrique at the Bordeaux Management School (BEM) in Dakar, Senegal. The book was presented by co-authors Léonce Ndikumana & James K. Boyce on the 19th April 2013.

Posted on 21 Apr 2013 around 1pm | Permalink

Lancement de livre: La dette odieuse de l’Afrique

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Invitation La dette odieuse de l'Afrique


BEM Dakar et Éditions Amalion ont le plaisir de vous inviter à la conférence-débat sur le livre : "La dette odieuse de l’Afrique: Comment l'endettement et la fuite des capitaux ont saigné un continent" écrit par Léonce Ndikumana et James K. Boyce.

Date: Vendredi 19 avril 2013 de 9h à 12h

Lieu: Terrou-Bi, Route de la Corniche, Dakar, Sénégal.

Contact: Tel: 33 869 82 21 / 77 388 12 16 (Malick Faye, BEM)

Contact: Tel: 33 860 19 04 (Amalion)

Posted on 11 Apr 2013 around 2am | Permalink

Clifton Gachagua wins the First Book Prize for African Poets 2013

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Clifton Gachagua, the Sillerman First Book Prize Winner 2013

Clifton Gachagua’s manuscript Madman at Kilifi has been selected by the African Poetry Book Fund & Series for the Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets. As the winner of the First Book Prize, Gachagua’s Madman at Kilifi will be among one of the four books to be published by the African Poetry Book Series in 2014.

Posted on 28 Jan 2013 around 2pm | Permalink

A child’s life for €375

Fahmida Khan, writer for Pambazuka News, reviews Tina Okpara’s eye-opening memoir ‘My Life has a Price’. Pambazuka News is a pan-African community dedicated to the promotion of social justice in Africa. Here is an excerpt of the review:

Posted on 13 Dec 2012 around 12pm | Permalink

Tina Okpara at the Lagos Book and Art Festival

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My Life Has a Price by Tina Okpara

Book Launch: My Life Has a Price by Tina Okpara

Lagos Book and Art Festival

A panel discussion around the newly released memoir of Tina Okpara and the theme of abuse, rape and how literature can fill the gap. The book My Life Has a Price (Amalion Publishing: 2012) is being introduced to the public at the 14th Lagos Book & Art Festival. Discussants include Emmanuel Iduma, Adaudo Osigwe, Dami Ajayi, Sylva Nze Ifedigbo moderated by Chris Ihidero. Produced by Saraba Magazine.

Date: Friday 16 November 2012

Time: 14.00–15.00 prompt

Venue: Freedom Park, 1 Broad Street/Hospital Road, Lagos, Nigeria

Autographed copies of the book will be available for sale at the venue at a discounted launch price of 2500 naira at the Amalion stand at the fair.

For more info see the Lagos Book and Art Festival or Saraba Magazine


Posted on 11 Nov 2012 around 11am | Permalink

Book Launch: My Life Has a Price by Tina Okpara

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My Life Has a Price by Tina Okpara

Book Launch: My Life Has a Price by Tina Okpara

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African Book Festival

Date: Saturday 27 October 2012

Time: 14.15–15.15 prompt

Venue: Free Word Centre, 60 Farringdon Road, London EC1R 3GA UK

Copies of the book will be available for sale at the venue, at a discount launch price of £10 only.

For more info see the African Book Festival

How to get here http://www.slamcentral.org/abf/venue/

Posted on 15 Oct 2012 around 11pm | Permalink

Sillerman First Book Prize Submission Opens

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The submission period for the Book Prize kicked off September 15 and will run until November 15, 2012. It costs nothing to enter! To read how to submit to the prize, click here (http://africanpoetrybf.unl.edu/?page_id=21) or follow the guidelines below:

* Eligibility: The Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets will only accept “first book” submissions from African writers who have not published a book-length poetry collection. An “African writer” is taken to mean someone who was born in Africa, who is a national or resident of an African country, or whose parents are African. Only poetry written in English is eligible, although translated poetry will be accepted and a percentage of the prize awarded to the translator.

* When to send: Manuscripts will be accepted between September 15 and November 15, 2012.

* Manuscript: Poetry manuscripts should be at least 50 pages long. The author’s name should not appear on the manuscript. All entries will be read anonymously. Include a cover page listing only the title of the manuscript. You may submit more than one manuscript.

* Fee: There is no entry fee for this contest.

* Notification: The winner will be announced on the African Poetry Book Fund website on or before January 1.

Posted on 19 Sep 2012 around 10pm | Permalink

New and established African poets recognized by a new fund

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The African Poetry Book Fund

Kwame Dawes, Guggenheim Fellow and winner of the 2011 Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award, is pleased to announce the establishment of the African Poetry Book Fund. Starting in January 2014, the Series will publish four new titles by African poets each year. In addition, the Series will publish an anthology every few years representing themes, ideas and poets from across the African continent. Of the four books published, one will be a winner of the Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets, and a second will be a new and selected volume by a major African poet. The winner of the Sillerman prize will also receive a $1000 in cash.

Ghanaian poet, Kofi Awoonor, is honoured to be the first major poet in the Series. His new and selected poems, with an introduction by fellow poet and scholar, Kofi Anyidoho, will be published in 2014.

Posted on 15 Jul 2012 around 7pm | Permalink

Book Presentation of Small Enterprises and Entrepreneurship Development by Prof Enyinna J. Chuta

Chair: Deputy Speaker of the House of Representative, Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha

Book Reviewer: Prof. Asisi Asobie, Former Chairman of NEITI

Date: 28 June 2012

Time: 9.00 am prompt

Venue: Merit House, Maitama, Abuja, Nigeria.

Copies of the book will be available for sale at the venue, at a discount launch price of ₦3,000 naira only.

Posted on 18 Jun 2012 around 9pm | Permalink

Akinwumi Ogundiran reviews A History of the Yoruba People

Dr. Akinwumi Ogundiran, professor of Africana Studies, Anthropology & History at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte (USA), presents a review of professor Adebanji Akintoye’s A History of the Yoruba People. Here is an excerpt:

Posted on 01 Jun 2012 around 1pm | Permalink

54th ASA Meeting in the Capitol

The 54th Annual Meeting of the African Studies Association was held from 16–19 November 2011 in Washington DC, USA.

The Distinguished Africanist Award this year was presented to Dr. Toyin Falola, the Frances Higginbotham Nalle Centennial Professor in History at the University of Texas at Austin, USA. The award was "established to recognize and honor individuals who have contributed a lifetime record of outstanding scholarship in their respective field of African studies and service to the Africanist community".

Another notable event was the inaugural African Studies Review Distinguished Lecture presented by Thandika Mkandawire, the chair of Africa Development at the London School of Economics, UK.

Posted on 19 Dec 2011 around 3am | Permalink

‘I publish what I like’

Akintayo Abodunrin in NEXT, August 20, 2011.

Sulaiman Adebowale has been trying to help writers get their works across since 2008 when he established Amalion Publishing based on his belief that "everybody needs a helping hand."

Headquartered in Dakar, Senegal, the independent outfit whose mission is "to publish and disseminate innovative knowledge on Africa to strengthen the understanding of humanity," has been going about its task quietly.

Interestingly, Adebowale did not set out to be a publisher. The English graduate from the University of Lagos wanted to be a journalist and got his wish when he was posted to Kano-based Triumph Newspaper for the mandatory one-year national youth service. The company retained him after he completed the exercise but his joy was short-lived. He soon became disillusioned by the polarisation caused by developments on the political scene within the company from 1992 to 1994 so he quit and headed to Senegal.

Posted on 01 Sep 2011 around 11pm | Permalink

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