Happy New Year: A Letter from Our Editor

Dear African Book Review reader,

The African Book Review marked its second year in 2015. During this period we reviewed established and debut African literature. We also interviewed leaders, development coordinators, and other people at the forefront of change on the continent. Mid-year we focused on reviewing poetry from some of the continent’s legends, Gabriel Okra, Kofi Awoonor, and others. We also had delightful conversations, full of insight and passion with writers of our current generation including Yvonne Owuor, Dango Mkandawire, and more. 

The African Book Review wouldn’t exist without writers, editors, reviewers, and readers around the world. We’d like to say thank you to everyone who has been a part of this incredible project, especially our 2015 team:

Ioana Danaila: Ioana is our lead reviewer. From Romania, she is based in France and speaks Romanian, French, English, and Spanish. In addition to reviews of books written in English, Ioana has allowed us to expand our coverage and interview African novels written in French.

Viola Allo: Viola is a Cameroonian-born poet and essayist based in the United States. She published her first chapbook of poems Bird From Africa in 2015. Viola writes on her blog, Letters to Cameroon.

Chioma Nkemdilim: Chioma is based in Nigeria and conducted many of our interviews this year as a collaboration with her website, That Igbo Girl.

(If you want to join our team, just reply to this email with a link to your blog or sample of your writing)

We’re excited to collaborate with more readers, artists, and writers; those concerned about the continent, those engaged and active within Africa, and those whose works reflect the vibrancy of African literature, as ours does. 

To a great 2016!


Etinosa Agbonlahor Founder, Editor | The African Book Review

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