Being and Belonging

Overview

Illuminating African narratives for readers both inside and outside the continent.

Representing the very best of African creative nonfiction, Safe House brings together works from Africa's contemporary literary greats. In a collection that ranges from travel writing and memoir to reportage and meditative essays, editor Ellah Wakatama Allfrey has brought together some of the most talented writers of creative nonfiction from across Africa.

This collection of five singles from the Safe House anthology gathers work from the very best of contemporary African writers.

Includes:
Includes:
The Keepers of Secrets by Elnathan John
A Murder in Clovelly by Bongani Kona
Dream Chasers by Msingi Sasis
Border Crossings by Sarita Ranchod
A Woman's Smile by Barbara Wanjala

About the Authors

Elnathan John

Posted by Kendra on May 10, 2016

Elnathan John

Elnathan John is a Nigerian lawyer who quit his job in 2012 to write fulltime. In 2013, he was shortlisted for the Caine Prize for African Writing for his story "Bayan Layi" and again in 2015 for his story "Flying." His first novel is Born on a Tuesday, set in northern Nigeria. He lives in Abuja.

Bongani Kona

Posted by Kendra on May 10, 2016

Bongani Kona

Bongani Kona is a Zimbabwean-born freelance writer and Contributing Editor at Chimurenga Chronic. He is studying for an MA in creative writing at the University of Cape Town.

Barbara Wanjala

Posted by Kendra on May 10, 2016

Barbara Wanjala

Barbara Wanjala is a Kenyan writer. Her story about a trip to Djibouti to conduct a (failed) survey on democracy was published in Roads & Kingdoms, an independent journal of food, politics, travel, and culture. She was shortlisted for the 2015 Hailer Prize for Development Journalism.

Ellah Wakatama Allfrey

Posted by Kendra on December 6, 2014
Ellah Wakatama Allfrey photo

Ellah Wakatama Allfrey

Ellah Wakatama Allfrey, OBE, editor, critic, and broadcaster, is former deputy editor of Granta magazine, series editor for the Kwani? Manuscript Prize, and the deputy chair of the Caine Prize for African Writing. She served as a judge for the 2015 Man Booker Prize panel. She lives in London, England.