About us

About us – IRCALC – Africa Research

About us: The International Research Council on African Literature and Culture, IRCALC, is the first web based convergence of writers, scholars and researchers from around the world.
With common interests, particularly in the literature, art and culture of Africa and her diaspora, the Editors see to the regular volumes of the Library of African Writing and have anchored up till the 15th of the journals of African Literature (JAL), Critical Studies (CS), and New Poetry (NP).

A Timely Mission

Coming at a timely period of millennial renaissance in cultural awareness we have striven to further a more imaginative approach to leadership and development concerns through several online media for independent discourse on governance, literature and culture, not excluding, indeed, other writings of Africa’s diaspora which lend meaning and support to this vision.

Currently our AFRICA FORUM is active in the evaluation of governance, spirito-material philosophy, ethics and aesthetics. In the propagation of creative thought, our activities have given impetus for a wealth of publications on literary and cultural expressions.

Inclusive Memberships

IRCALC research with member organizations and individuals provides you with information and ideas that enrich your understanding of Africa’s rich and diverse heritage.

Membership cuts across race and nationality, embracing scholars committed to the imaginative approach to development issues. Moreover, ALCW, CS, JAL and NP publications are available online or by subscription request to the editors. Individual and institutional members have also received periodic reviews, chapter extracts and newsletters of the organization.


Yearbook Writers

Outstanding contributions in literary, social and cultural criticism by guest writers and scholars have been distilled in several volumes of the journals of African writing. Across the internet media a select few have been memorialised as Yearbooks for their significance to the platform for Africa issues around the globe.

Odhoji: 2013 Writer of the Year

Gera-Roy: 2011 Writer of the Year

Ushie: 2008 Writer of the Year

Ce: 2005 Writer of the Year


Download IRCALC Reviews

Highly insightful commentaries and criticisms have emerged from our reviews of books, essays, and several collections in the genres of poetry, fiction, narrative, critical anthologies, including other subjects of history and sociology. Available on request some links have been provided below to assist you with further download information on the primary materials.

African Literature and Culture JALC No. 3

Anezi Okoro: The Flying Tortoise

Judith Coullie: The Closest of Strangers

Bettina Weiss (Ed.) The End of Unheard Narratives: Contemporary Perspectives on Southern African Literature

Journal of New Poetry NP V3 2006

Ana Raquel Lourenço Fernandes et al (Eds.) Poemas da Guine-Bissau (Poems from Guinea-Bissau)

Kei Miller. Kingdom of Empty Bellies

Joy Etiowo. Mma and other Poems

New Nigerian Poetry NNP No. 2 2005

Ukam’s Little Cobra

African Literary Journal ALJ B5 2005

A Reading of Abubakar Gimba’s Innocent Victims and Sunset for a Mandarin


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