About Ellah Wakatama Allfrey

Ellah Wakatama Allfrey is a Zimbabwean-born editor and critic. Based in London, she is the former deputy editor of Granta magazine and has also held positions as senior editor at Jonathan Cape and assistant editor at Penguin. In 2015 she served as a judge for the Man Booker Prize. She is series editor of the Kwani? Manuscript Project and the editor of Africa39 (Bloomsbury, 2014), Let’s Tell this Story Properly (Commonwealth Writers/Dundurn Press, 2015), and Flamingoland and Other Stories (Spread the Word, 2015). She sits on the boards of Art for Amnesty, the Caine Prize for African Writing, and the Writers Centre Norwich and is a patron of the Etisalat Literature Prize. Her introduction to Woman of the Aeroplanes by Kojo Laing was published by Pearson in 2012. In 2011 she was awarded an OBE for services to the publishing industry.


One of our greatest scholars, my hama & my old dad’s bestie. Surely the best dressed Zimbabwean man of any generation. Rest in peace, mwanawangu. We are assured he will find peace in the embrace of his ancestors & trust that as he joins their midst he’ll watch over us left behind https://t.co/hHcssCgcFi

Published on my birthday! Which is especially fitting as the author/illustrator is the fulfilment of all the ferocity, intelligence & style I wish I'd had at her age. Here's a link so you can buy from an indie @RoundTableBks @canongatebooks @kazvaremadeit https://t.co/EiXEJ8LUlT

I need HELP
There’s a short story about a mother mourning the loss of a child who’s left on a generation ship, gone to settle a new world. She looks up at the stars & thinks of all the things that led to this
WHAT’S the story? WHO wrote it?
I am (almost) sure I didn’t make it up
  • Safe House

    In a collection of creative essays that ranges from travel writing and memoir to reportage, Ellah Wakatama Allfrey brings together some of the most talented writers of creative nonfiction from across Africa.

    A Ghanaian explores the increasing influence of China across the region; a Kenyan student activist writes of exile in Kampala; a Liberian scientist shares her diary of the Ebola crisis; a Nigerian writer travels to the north to meet a community at risk; a Kenyan travels to Senegal to interview a gay rights activist and a South African writer recounts a tale of family discord and murder in a remote seaside town.

    This anthology contains a range of unforgettable stories by authors from across Africa and presents personal views of contemporary issues in an accessible and thought-provoking manner.

    Editor: Ellah Wakatama Allfrey | Print ISBN: 978-1911115168 | E-Book ISBN: 978-1911115175 | Format: Paperback | No of Pages: 240 | Publication Date: 2016

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