Uganda has two authors on this year's list: Monica Arac de Nyeko with Strange Fruit and Doreen Baingana with Hunger. Chika Unigwe represents Nigeria with The Secret and Brian Chikwava Zimbabwe with Seventh Street.
Parselelelo Kantai is a contender for Kenya with The Story of Comrade Lemma and the Black Jerusalem Boys Band. Meet the authors on July 16 at the Royal Overseas League in St James's, London. Tickets pound;4.50 from ROSL Arts.
Tel: 020 7408 0214 ext 324; see www.roslarts.co.uk.