Lolwe: From Nam Lolwe, the original or traditional Luo name for Lake Victoria meaning “endless lake/water body”. Therefore, Lolwe meaning endless, meaning “having or seeming to have no end or limit”.

Lolwe is an online literary magazine that publishes fiction, literary criticism, personal essays, photography, and poetry. Founded in January 2020 by Troy Onyango, the magazine has a Pan-African focus with the area of interest being Africa, Caribbean and the Black diaspora. Lolwe aims to publish more work by Black writers as this is a way to ensure greater visibility for stories by Black people and to give a platform and space for the “Black imagination.”

Lolwe also offers online creative writing workshop-style classes and masterclasses by some of the best African writers through the platform Lolwe Classes.


You can support Lolwe’s pledge to pay writers by making a donation to the magazine. Read more on our donate page.


To send a submission to Lolwe, kindly check the submit page and read the submission guidelines.


Lolwe is looking to get into mutually-beneficial partnerships with likeminded individuals and organisations. Please contact us if interested.