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Helon Habila

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okay it's: Helon Habila

'Okay, It's Recording'

Helon Habila is an award-winning author that has been telling the stories of the voiceless for most of his writing career. We spoke about the burden of the African writer, the writing process itself and how works of fiction can inspire global consciousness.  ---- Brought to you by Moyé Magazine This episode of Okay. It's Recording was hosted by Ashley Allard (@ash.tsk) and edited by Raea (@raelicit). Okay. It's Recording's cover art and title logo was designed by Moe Lycaen (@moelycaen) Background picture courtesy of Helon Habila (@helonhabila) Background music: Silent Partner - The Only Girl (no copyright music) sourced: https://instrumentalfx.co/silent-partner-girl-no-copyright-music/ --- Have an opinion or question? We'd love to hear from you! Send us your thoughts at moyemagazine@gmail.com or DM us @moyemagazine Want to support this podcast/ our platform? Donate over here. All proceeds go towards keeping Moyé Magazine running.


19 May 2022

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Tope Folarin and Helon Habila - Creative Writing Program

Watershed Lit

Mason Creative Writing presents 12 diverse writers each year in its Visiting Writers Series where they are joined by a host to talk about craft, content, and the art of creative writing. In this episode, fiction faculty member Helon Habila talks with Tope Folarin, author of A Particular Kind of Black Man.


28 Sep 2021

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Helon Habila, Bringing African Literature to the Rest of the World

Third Culture Africans

Helon Habila believes in hard work, perseverance, and believing in himself and his capabilities. His motivation to be a great writer led him to defy the wishes of his parents and to challenge the negative beliefs of some of his fellow authors. He always believed his dream was possible, even if he didn’t realize how big that dream could be and the reach it would have. Helon was willing to make big sacrifices in pursuit of his writing career, including leaving Nigeria, a country that was suffering from the consequences of a totalitarian military regime. Despite having won awards for his work, Helon maintains a humble attitude. He recognizes that he has had a lot of luck, which he could only leverage thanks to his preparation. Helon’s determination is a big part of what allowed him to become a published author by Penguin, one of the world’s top publishing houses. His advice to writers is to own their voice by understanding their culture and where they come from. Only then will they be able to see where they can innovate and how they can make their impact on the world. About Helon Habila Helon Habila is a Nigerian writer, poet, literary, and pioneer when it comes to African literature. He is an award-winning author, having earned prestigious recognitions such as the National Poetry Award and the Caine Prize. He has also been nominated for numerous other awards. Helon is currently a professor at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, and he is in the process of writing his next novel, tentatively titled The Fortress. Highlights of the episode: 02:17: Helon Habila’s journey to literature after trying to meet parental expectations by studying engineering.  06:57: How Helon had to hide his decision to become a writer for fear of being misunderstood. 11:06: Helon’s start in the writing industry as a struggling romance story writer.  14:14: The “I made it” moment that encouraged Helon to keep writing.  16:40: The hardships faced by the publishing industry.   21:25: Helon’s decision to enter his work into a contest posing as a publisher 23:50: The experience of being part of a community that believed in making cultural changes in Nigeria.  25:05: The need to leave the country to be able to write due to the anti-culture atmosphere in Nigeria. 29:23: Visualizing success and believing in the quality of his work helped Helon get where he wanted to be.  31:43: The need for a new model that allowed African writers to be published.  36:34: What it means to own your voice. 40:14: The process of reinventing yourself and adapting after arriving in a new country and how this can impact creativity. Mentioned Resources Third Culture Africans Malée Helon Habila


9 Aug 2021

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Afterhours at the Radio Bookclub: Helon Habila

KGNU & Boulder Bookstore Radio Book Club

Listen to more of our conversation with author Helon Habila where he talks about immigration policy in Europe and modern African literature. Listen to the broadcast interview with author Helon Habila, broadcast on KGNU at 9am on Thursday, March 25th. […]


25 Mar 2021

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Radio Bookclub: Travelers – Helon Habila

KGNU & Boulder Bookstore Radio Book Club

The February selection for the Radio Bookclub is Perestroika In Paris, by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jane Smiley. The novel’s protagonist is a runaway racehorse who befriends a German shorthaired pointer. Together they live on the streets of Paris until they befriend a human boy, Etienne, and discover a new, otherworldly part of the city.


25 Mar 2021

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Travellers By Helon Habila - The Untold Stories Of Black Migrants


This episode's conversation is inspired by 'Travellers', a novel by Helon Habila which explores the interconnected experiences of migrants. In this episode, Suad shares her experience of feeling unsafe in Berlin, we discuss the importance of empathy, what makes a good ally and how we can make a difference in the world. We hope you enjoy the episode and as always, email us your thoughts at bookversationspod@gmail.com Next Bookversations Read: The Obstacle Is The Way By Ryan Holiday--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/bookversations/message


9 Mar 2021

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Travelers | Helon Habila

The BLKprint

Have you read the book Travelers by Helon Habila? Whether you've read it or not, join me in this episode as I discuss one part of the book that made me want to be Goliath to all the David's.This episode is for you if: You struggle with standing up for yourself. You struggle with standing up for others. You need to work on be present first for yourself and then for others. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/ashley-cobb3/support


28 Feb 2021

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Helon Habila - Reisen

SWR2 lesenswert - Literatur

Der nigerianische Schriftsteller Helon Habila macht Berlin in seinem neuen Roman "Reisen" zum Drehkreuz zwischen Afrika und Europa für eine Handvoll Geflüchtete. Im Spiegel ihrer Geschichten erzählt er auch vom schwierigen Verhältnis zweier Kontinente.Rezension von Claudia Kramatschek. Aus dem Englischen von Susann UrbanVerlag das Wunderhorn, Heidelberg 2020, 320 Seiten, 25 EuroISBN 978-3-88423-637-6


17 Feb 2021

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Helon Habila: Reisen

SWR2 lesenswert - Literatur

Ein Berlin-Roman, der als realistische Erzählung beginnt, um sich zu einem Mosaik aus Migrationserfahrungen zu entwickeln. Gegen die Heimatlosigkeit der Figuren wird die Literatur als sinnstiftendes Medium gesetzt.


2 Feb 2021

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Helon Habila: "Reisen" - Schmerz und Erlösung

Lesart - Deutschlandfunk Kultur

Der nigerianische Autor Helon Habila hat mit "Reisen" einen ebenso überraschenden wie ergreifenden Berlin-Roman geschrieben. Was als realistische Erzählung beginnt, wird zu einer mythischen Parabel. Von Insa Wilke www.deutschlandfunkkultur.de, Lesart Hören bis: 19.01.2038 04:14 Direkter Link zur Audiodatei


30 Nov 2020