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Facebook & Red Cross Host #AfricaTogether Virtual Concert

This Thursday and Friday, Facebook, the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement is hosting the #AfricaTogether virtual concert, a two-day festival on June 4th and 5th, featuring artists from across Africa to encourage continued vigilance against COVID-19.

AfricaTogether will include a festival with performances by artists such as Aramide, Ayo, Femi Kuti, Ferre Gola, Salatiel, Serge Beynaud, Patoranking, Youssou N’dour amongst many others, as well as a digital awareness campaign with prevention messages developed with Red Cross and Red Crescent health experts and targeting simultaneously Facebook users in 48 countries across sub-Saharan Africa.

The event will be streamed on Facebook Live on the 4th June in English and hosted by the Nigerian popular actor and comedian Basketmouth and in French on the 5th June by the renowned media personality Claudy Siar. To watch the live shows, viewers can tune in to the Facebook Africa page and Red Cross and Red Crescent Facebook pages.

To register and learn more about the artist lineup and how to tune in, please visit the Facebook event pages in English and in French.

Text excluding title courtesy Bellanaija

University of Pittsburgh Press Drue Heinz Literature Prize 2021

Applications are invited for the University of Pittsburgh Press Drue Heinz Literature Prize 2021. The Drue Heinz Literature Prize recognizes and supports writers of short fiction and makes their work available to readers around the world.

The award is open to authors who have published a book-length collection of fiction or at least three short stories or novellas in commercial magazines or literary journals.


Winners receive

A cash prize of $15,000
Publication by the University of Pittsburgh Press
Support in the nation-wide promotion of their book

Open to writers who have published a novel or a book-length collection of fiction with a reputable book publisher, or a minimum of three short stories or novellas in magazines or journals of national distribution. Digital-only publication and self-publication do not count toward this requirement.
The award is open to writers in English, whether or not they are citizens of the United States.
University of Pittsburgh employees, former employees, current students, and those who have been students within the last three years are not eligible for the award.
Translations are not eligible if the translation was not done by the author.
Eligible submissions include an unpublished manuscript of short stories; two or more novellas (a novella may comprise a maximum of 130 double-spaced typed pages); or a combination of one or more novellas and short stories. Novellas are only accepted as part of a larger collection. Manuscripts may be no fewer than 150 and no more than 300 pages. Prior publication of your manuscript as a whole in any format (including electronic) makes it ineligible.
Stories or novellas previously published in magazines or journals or in book form as part of an anthology are eligible.
Manuscripts may also be under consideration by other publishers, but if a manuscript is accepted for publication elsewhere and you wish to accept this offer, please notify the Press immediately. Manuscripts under contract elsewhere are no longer eligible for the Prize.
Authors may submit more than one manuscript to the competition as long as one manuscript or a portion thereof does not duplicate material submitted in another manuscript.

Applications may be submitted electronically or by mail.

Format for Mail-in Submissions:

Manuscripts must be double-spaced on quality white paper, unbound, and pages must be numbered consecutively. Clean, legible photocopies on high quality white paper are acceptable.
Manuscripts will be judged anonymously. Each manuscript should have two cover pages: one listing the title of the manuscript and the author’s name, address, e-mail address (if available), and telephone number; and a second listing only the manuscript title. The author’s name, other identifying information, and publication information must not appear after the first cover page.
Manuscripts will not be returned. Enclose a self-addressed stamped postcard for acknowledgement of receipt. For results, please check our website.
Send submissions to:

Drue Heinz Literature Prize
University of Pittsburgh Press
7500 Thomas Blvd., 4th floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15260

All submissions must be postmarked on or after May 1 and on or before June 30. Note: 15260 is the correct and exclusive zip code for the University of Pittsburgh and the Press. For UPS, FedEx, etc., zip code 15208 should be used. If you have any questions about these guidelines, please e-mail

Format for Electronic Submission

During the submission period (May 1 – June 30) you can apply via the link below. You’ll be taken to a secure submittable webpage where you’ll find easy-to-follow instructions
Manuscripts must be double-spaced and pages must be numbered consecutively.
Each submission must include a list of all of the writer’s published short fiction work, with full citations. You will be given an opportunity to enter this information into a field in Submittable.
Manuscripts will be judged anonymously. Therefore, the author’s name, other identifying information, and publication information must not appear within the manuscript. Only your uploaded manuscript is visible to the judges.
Click here to apply online

For more information, visit Drue Heinz Literature Prize.

Media Room Hub Hosts Nkiru Olumide-Ojo In A Conversation On Rape Culture & Feminism

In the wake of the global awakening and stand against rape and domestic violence, Media Room Hub will host an Instagram live conversation with author and feminist Nkiru Olumide-Ojo on rape culture, feminism amongst other topics.

The Media Room Hub Live session will hold tomorrow the 4th of June by 9pm.


Nkiru Olumide-Ojo is a Wife, a Mum of two young boys, she is a Corporate General Manager, Female Enthusiast, Author and Columnist.

Nkiru Olumide-Ojo was the former Executive Head of Marketing and Communications of Stanbic IBTC Bank – a subsidiary of the Standard Bank group in Nigeria. Nkiru Olumide-Ojo was elevated by the Group to coordinate it’s Marketing and Communications activities in the South and Central African region.

She is also the author of the much talked about book, ‘Presure Cooker,’ a book about women in the professional environment.

Nkiru has also written on similar topics as a columnist at BusinessDay Newspaper for years. She’s the founder of LightHouse Network, a social development initiative that is dedicated to empowering young women by providing them a formal mentoring platform. She is also a facilitator on various projects.

Please, join us tomorrow the 4th of June by 9pm on the Media Room Hub Instagram Page.

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