Bakwa/Grapevine Workshop Call for Applications

  Calling all writers, artists and creatives! Do you want to be part of an exciting new project exploring the relationship between digital media platforms, multimedia production and storytelling? Do you have an image you want to share with the…

Whites Can Dance Too

Translated by Jethro Soutar     Svinesund, 9 August 2008   “When the guns cease to blitz Kuduro still transmits Coz words are more powerful than bullets.”                          …

Literary Translation Matters Conference

We would like to invite you to the Literary Translation Matters conference hosted by Bakwa on Saturday 26th October. The event will draw upon a wealth and diversity of local translation knowledge and expertise and is supported by the University…

Bakwa 09
Bakwa 09: Taxi Drivers Who Drive Us Nowhere and Other Travel Stories Release date: October 28, 2019   In our first-ever print and entirely nonfiction issue, we explore what it means to travel as an African. Herein are stories about…
Partir c’est mourir un peu

Aller à l’étranger quand on est camerounais… Un calvaire selon certains, un conte surréaliste pour d’autres…

Taxi Drivers Who Drive Us Nowhere

Lagos, my friend says, is sick in both senses of the word; a city dealing with Dissociative Identity Disorder, with an emphasis on Dissociative…

How to Eat Roasted Fish in Limbe

(Photo credit: Inna Lazareva)   1. Choose a place. That Limbe is a coastal city means it is literally surrounded by fish. Most people love the proximity of Down Beach, which translates into the nearness to raw material, and comes…

Sturdy Man with Shaggy Beard

I carry his memory around me…. I bear him in my pouch like a kangaroo carries her young…. I do not remember clearly anyone before him. Do they even exist? Every love I’ve had before now has become hazy, chaff…

A Brief History of Bakwa Magazine

We trace our ancestry and the circumstances leading to the creation of Bakwa Magazine

A Reversal by Imbolo Mbue

A short piece on the theme of Belonging, read by the author at the 29th Annual PEN Faulkner Celebration in Washington, D.C., on October 16, 2017.

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