Africa has produced some of the best writing of the twentieth century from Chinua Achebe, Ayi Kwei Armah, Ngugi wa Thiong’o, and the Nobel Laureates Wole Sonyika, Nadine Gordimer, J.M Coetzee and Doris Lessing, to more recent talents including Nuruddin Farah, Ben Okri, Aminatta Forna and Brian Chikwava.
Africa 39 asks the question: who will be the next generation?
From the dazzling list of 39 writers chosen by the judges, Ellah Wakatama Alfrey has selected richly rewarding short stories, extracts from novels, fables and other work by writers from Africa south of the Sahara, or its diaspora, and created a collection of some of the most varied and exciting new work in world literature today by writers who are certainly going to be among the most celebrated of our time.
With these stories, the post 1986 generation are pushing the boundaries talking issues of gender equality, questioning ableism, doubting sisterhood, spinning old tales in fresh voices and exploring new territories. There is love, there is pain, there is debate, there is everything else that is rarely said of the new generation of Ugandan and African writing.