Eastern Africa

Christopher Mlalazi

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Mlalazi
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Christopher
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English
Zimbabwe

Christopher MLALAZI (fiction writer, playwright; Zimbabwe) is the author of the novels Many Rivers (2009) and Running With Mother (2012), and the short story collection Dancing With Life: Tales From the Township (2008), which won the Best First Book award at the National Arts Merit Awards. Mlalazi’s eight plays, including the 2008 Oxfam/Novib PEN Freedom of Expression Award winner “The Crocodile Of Zambezi,” have all been staged.

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Chehem WATTA

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WATTA
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Chehem
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French
Djibouti

Chehem WATTA teaches at the Medical School and is the HIV/AIDS advisor to the president of the Djibouti Republic, as well as an awarded poet. He is the author of four poetry collections, O pays, perle sur la langue-routes pour le monde (2005), Cahier de brouillon des poèmes du desert (1999) Pèlerin d’errance (1997), and Sur les soleils de Houroud (1997), of the novel Amours nomades [Loves of Nomads] (2008) and the novella L'eloge des voyous [In praise of louts] (2008).

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Gideon NYIRENDRA

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NYIRENDRA
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Gideon
GIH-dee-un nee-RREN-drah
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English
Zambia

Gideon NYIRENDRA is a freelance journalist for the “Community Voice” and the “Zambian Citizen” newspapers in Lusaka. Established poet, former president of the Poetry Society of Zambia, and dedicated student of Human Rights Law, Mr. Nyirendra has been helping to advance every form of Zambian literature. He is participating courtesy of the U.S. Department of State.

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Glaydah NAMUKASA

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NAMUKASA
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Glaydah
Female
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Uganda

Glaydah NAMUKASA is an emerging fiction writer with one novel (The Deadly Ambition, 2006), a young adult novel (The Voice of a Dream, 2006-winner of Macmillan literary prize for Africa), and several short stories to her credit. She has participated in the Caine Prize Workshop in Kenya, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference in Vermont (USA), and the British Council Crossing Borders programme. Her work has appeared in journals and anthologies in Uganda, South Africa, Sweden, and the UK.

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Charles MULEKWA

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Charles
CHARLZ Moo-lay-kwah
Male
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English
Uganda

Charles MULEKWA is very involved in Ugandan theater. A founding member and co-director of the drama group Teamline, he is a committee member of the Kampala Amateur Dramatic Society, and an executive member of the National Theater Guild. His works include A Time of Fire (1999), Between You and Me, and The Woman in Me. He is participating courtesy of the U.S. Department of State.

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