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Kings Of Commercial Thriller, John Grisham & Stephen King in conversation.

Legendary authors John Grisham and Stephen King will catch up and discuss their latest books.

Join two of the biggest authors of all time as they catch up and discuss their latest books, John Grisham’s ‘Camino Winds’ and Stephen King’s ‘If It Bleeds.’

Date And Time:
Wed, April 29, 2020

7:00 PM – 8:00 PM EDT

Send us your questions by using #AskKingandGrisham.

The event is free but the authors hope attendees will consider making a donation to Binc, the Bookseller Industry Charitable Foundation:

This event will be broadcast live on Stephen King’s YouTube channel – register to receive a direct link to watch.

Netflix First African Series “Queen Sono” Gears Up For Another Season.

The first season of Netflix’s first African Original Series,“Queen Sono” was undeniably a huge success, fans loved every bit of it and wanted more.

If you’re yet to watch the first season, you really need to.

Guess what: The second season of the six-part spy-thriller movie, “Queen Sono”, is in the works and it promises to be even more thrilling.

Written and created by comedian Kagiso Lediga, “Queen Sono” sees Pearl Thusi playing the role of an unconventional spy who is devoted to protecting the people of Africa. However, during one of her assignments, she unknowingly uncovers shocking details about her own mother’s death which subsequently leads her on a mission to uncover the truth.

The series stars Pearl Thusi alongside VuyoDabula, Chiedza Mhende, Kate Liquorish.

Although the premiere date for season two is yet to be announced.

Here’s a clip of the announcement from Pearl Thusi.

Text excluding title courtesy Bellanaija

Complete a crime story and win £100 courtesy Budleigh virtual library.

Budleigh Salterton Library is giving away £100 to the winner of a short story writing competition as the service offers a virtual branch during lockdown.

A top prize of £100 can be won by writing the middle of a short story created by crime fiction writer, Graham Hurley, who lives in Exmouth. There is a runner-up prize of £50.

And you can still sign up to join the library while it is closed, giving lenders access to free e-books, audiobooks and magazines, as well as the Ancestry Library Edition and – the leading video stream for classical music, opera and ballet.

Jane Cordy, Budleigh Salterton library supervisor, said the service was continuing to keep in touch with readers through social media.

“We have a short story writing competition – with a storyline created by popular local author, Graham Hurley. Graham is the patron of the Friends of Budleigh Library and has very kindly written the beginning and the end of a story and all we need any keen, budding writers to do, is fill in the bit in the middle in 2000 words or less. There is a first prize of £100 and the runner-up will receive £50.

“Go onto Budleigh Library Facebook page for more details on how to enter either competition, where you will also find the storyline Graham Hurley has written for us.”

Email if you have any questions or need any help with its digital services.

2020 CRAFT Short Fiction Prize; $2800 To Be Awarded

Submissions are open March 1 to April 30, 2020. Guest judge Alexander Chee will choose three stories from a shortlist of fifteen.


CRAFT Short Fiction Prize •submissions are open to all writers
•International submissions are allowed
•Short fiction only
•Please submit work in English only
•5,000 word count maximum
•We review literary fiction, but are open to a variety of genres and styles—our only requirement is that you show excellence in your craft
•Previously unpublished work only—we DO NOT review reprints for contests
•We allow simultaneous submissions—writers please notify us and withdraw your piece if your work is picked up elsewhere
•We allow multiple submissions—please submit each piece as a separate submission accompanied by a reading fee
•$20 reading fee per story/entry
•All entries will also be considered for publication in CRAFT
•All entrants will receive an exclusive digital compilation next fall that includes: the winning pieces with Alexander Chee’s introductions and the winners’ craft essays; excerpts from the finalist pieces; notes from the readers and editors about the reading process; and more
•Please, please, double-space your submission and use Times New Roman 12 pt font
•Please include a brief cover letter with your publication history (if applicable)
•We do not require blind submissions.

The writers of the top three stories will receive:

Winner: $2,000 award and a subscription to Journal of the Month
Runners-up: $500 and $300 award respectively for the second and third place finalists
Publication of the top three stories in CRAFT, each with an introduction by Alexander Chee
Publication of an Author’s Note (craft essay) to accompany the story by each of the writers of the top three entries
The fine print:

Friends, family, and associates of the judge are not eligible for consideration for the award.

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Nigerian Musician, Banky W, Others Selected For 2020 Tutu Leadership Fellowship.

Nigerian music artiste, Bankole Wellington popularly known as Banky W, is among 21 young Africans selected for the 2020 Tutu Leadership Fellowship.

The prestigious fellowship organised by the African Leadership Institute, is one of the most respected platforms for grooming and bringing together some of the continent’s best young minds to harness ideas for the growth and development of Africa along every line.

Apart from Banky W, two other Nigerians also made the cut for the fellowship that drew candidates from 11 African countries.

A statement by organisers of the event said, “The African Leadership Institute is pleased to announce that once again, a set of really exceptional emerging African leaders has been selected for the prestigious Tutu Leadership Fellowship for 2020.

“We received more than 300 nominees of outstanding quality from 36 African countries, from which 21 of Africa’s highest-potential young leaders were selected to take part in the programme.

“Including the candidates nominated by our sponsoring organisations, the candidates represent 11 different African countries, ranging from 30 to 39 years of age, and span several industries.

“The selected candidates demonstrate the incredible wealth and breadth of leadership talent that exists in Africa’s young leaders, which bodes well for Africa’s future.

“Tutu Fellows are exceptional African leaders from all walks of life and different parts of society who use their leadership abilities to help transform the continent.

“Selected candidates are those who have demonstrated they have the potential to be top-level leaders – or already are – in their chosen fields in Africa and who will lead with integrity, strong values and passion for their fellow Africans.

“With the financial support of AGCO, GSK, GIZ, Ninety One, Dalberg, Investec, and the Government of Equatorial Guinea, and in collaboration with Oxford University, the Class of 2020 will be exposed to top African and global leaders, strategists and thinkers.

“Due to the unusual circumstances we find ourselves in globally with the COVID-19 pandemic, the fellowship programme is being postponed until it becomes safe again for the workshops to be held and will be scheduled to take place when everything has settled down again.”

Banky W is one of Nigeria’s most respected musicians and talent development managers.

Under his EME Records, young artistes like Wizkid and Skales graced limelight and went on to become international superstars.

Apple Music Availability Expands Across Africa.

After years of having a restricted market, music is opening up in Africa in a big way.

We have good news for music lovers across the entire African continent – it’s soon going to be a lot easier to listen to your favorite music. So long as you have an internet connection, you’ll be able to find tracks from all your preferred artists whenever you want, any time of the day, all year round. That’s because one of the biggest music platforms in the world is finally expanding its operations to cover more African countries after years of demand.

While the rest of the world has been enjoying a revolution in music streaming during recent years, Africa has been left out of the conversation. Large-scale streaming platforms are like online slots websites, but for music rather than gambling. The way online slots websites work is to put as many slots in the same place as possible and allow players to engage with them without having to switch between websites or use multiple usernames and passwords. The ever-increasing availability of online slots websites has led to a huge increase in gambling revenue across Africa, and we can now presumably expect to see the same thing happen with music.

The company that’s just announced the expansion of its African horizons is Apple Music. Although the facility is available in some African countries already, it’s availability has been comparatively limited when compared to its availability across Europe and the rest of the world. Thirteen countries already enjoy access to Apple’s enormous music library – including Ghana, South Africa – and Kenya – but the expansion will launch the service in an additional seventeen countries, and will happen imminently. The move is believed to have come as a response to the fact that more Africans are now catching on to the idea of digital entertainment than ever before, and so Apple finally believes that it’s possible to make a profit from these new internet users.

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Source: The African Export

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