About us

The Africa Forum of the International Research Council on African Literature and Culture, IRCALC,  is the first web based council of writers, scholars and researchers from around the world with common interest in Africa, in particular the literature, art and culture of Africa and her diaspora. Editors also see to the regular volumes of the Library of African Writing and have anchored up till the 15th of the volumes of Critical Studies (CS), African Literature (JAL) and New Poetry (NP). 

Our Mission 

We further the imaginative approach to Africa’s leadership and development concerns through online forums 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 Africa Research Africa Forum is active in the study and evaluation of African governance, ethic and aesthetic. In the propagation of African thought, our activities have given impetus for a wealth of publications on African literary and cultural expressions.


IRCALC research with member organizations and individuals provided information and ideas that enrich an understanding of Africa’s rich and diverse heritage. Membership cuts across race and nationality, embracing scholars committed to a more imaginative approach to development issues. 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 and newsletters of the organization.



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 



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