Unpacking Jalada Africa’s archive of sensational stories

Jalada was formed to offer African writers from everywhere the chance to better their writing as they work with other African writers. PHOTO| COURTESY

What you need to know:

  • On the website, Jalada describes itself as pan-African; that it seeks to publish African writers. So one wonders whether there is space for writers who aren’t African; which again takes us back to this brouhaha that has caused headache in the African literature scene — the definition of an “African writer.”
  • According to Kilolo, Jalada was formed to offer African writers from everywhere the chance to better their writing as they work with other African writers.

  • Pan-African, therefore, means the chance for all African writers to connect and work together on projects that would not only better their writing, but make connections that would result in a kind of support system.

When Jalada Africa’s second anthology, Sext Me, came out last year, I shared on my Facebook Timeline Linda Musita’s poem whose title is an explicit sheng word for intimacy.

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