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Who is Africa’s Most Prolific Novelist?

Cyprian Ekwensi who has published 24 books, Naguib Mafouz 46, and Wilbur Smith 36 are up there on Africa’s most published list. But the person who tops the list is, as far as we know, an eccentric but brilliant writer little known outside his native Kenya. Some say he made his name writing pornographic drivel, but […]

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Lunch with Ifemelu | Americanah Fan Fiction Erotica | by Kiru Taye

A little Valentine’s Day gift to our readers! A fan fiction erotica of Chimamanda Adichie’s block buster novel about the feisty Ifemelu and her love affair with Obinze. Enjoy! Obinze sat in a darkened corner of the restaurant, his gaze flitting between his wristwatch and the entrance. An elegantly dressed couple stepped in and waited […]

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In the Shadow of Iyanibi, Pt. 3 | by Eugene Odogwu | An African Fantasy Story Series

Part 3   “Is she bothering you?” Ihumbi jumped at Basi’s voice. She had not noticed him walking up behind her. “Don’t let her get to you, Nnase is as mischievous as she is tiny.” Ihumbi managed a smile but could not seem to shake off the feeling of unease she felt. “Go and play […]

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In the Shadow of Iyanibi, Pt. 2 | by Eugene Odogwu | An African Fantasy Story Series

Part 2 Ihumbi ran. Her chest burned with each breath she gulped down. Her calves ached each time her feet hit the ground.  Her gut felt like it was being ripped from the inside out. Still, she pushed on. The sound of the asan thrashing about behind her was enough motivation. Its shrill cries and grunts […]

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We Gave You Refuge, You Give Us Death | Mozambican Novelist Mia Couto Speaks out Against Xenophobic South Africa

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The ongoing xenophobic killing in South Africa is sad and shocking. Spine-chilling moments of these killings captured on videos and photographs have been making their rounds on social media, causing a lot of outrage. African intellectuals are speaking out and calling on the South African government to act quickly and effectively. Last week, Cameroonian philosopher […]

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Even | By Kayode Olla & Carolyn Banks | A Collaborative Poem

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I wish we could go to the beach and watch the sun turn bleach orange, but I hear you hate orange. If you hate orange, would you also hate my ranch? I wish we’d love the hum’n color of dark or yellow — like peach, like oranges like bare twinberries round and succ’lent … and […]

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A Rush of Blood to the Brain | By Obinna Udenwe | An African Story

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You are an assassin. Some of your patrons call you a killer. Others call you a murderer, hit man, thug, slayer, and all what-nots. They are free to come up with as many names as they like to define who you are and what you do. You don’t care. There is only name you love […]

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Embracing the Weird and the Mysterious in African Fiction | SSDA’s Speculative Fiction Anthology is a Winner

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The African literary scene is on fire! Just last week, we announced Lauren Beukes’ collaboration with DC Comics—involving an African spin on the Wonder Woman super hero franchise. [click here if you missed it.] So imagine how delighted we are to announce the release of Short Story Day Africa‘s killer collection of speculative fiction by […]

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This African Novelist Has Sold Over 120 Million Copies

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The word on the street is “never talk about money and book sales in African literary circles.” African novelists are too cool and too intellectual to be bothered by how well or badly their novels do in the market. Maybe that’s why you’ve never heard of Wilbur Smith, Africa’s richest and biggest celebrity novelist—with 120 […]

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Writes of a Bastard | by Amatesiro Dore | African Flash Fiction

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If family meetings were assembled to discuss your arrival, under sombre atmospheres, and the parents were ashamed of their naked dance, and the father wasn’t sure of his fatherhood, and the mother was questioned about her mornings, and you were born and not aborted, and the parents didn’t wear fancy clothes to eat and drink […]

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Adichie Scores Big Again! | She is Wellesley College’s 2015 Commencement Speaker

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In a few weeks, Chimamanda Adichie will officially add “commencement speaker at a top US university” to her resume. Days after rounding up her month-long feature in British Vogue, [click here if you missed it] the Nigerian novelist snags yet another high-profile engagement. Yesterday, it was announced that she has been selected to deliver the commencement […]

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Photos from the Africa39 Literary Event in NYC City

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  If you’ve not heard about Africa39, you’re clearly not on top of your African literary news. So let me help you out. Africa39 is a book project sponsored by the Hay Festival and the Rainbow Book Club in Port Harcourt. The anthology features stories written by 39 writers below the age of 40 judged […]

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African Writers on Writing | Yvonne Owuor on Entering the Zone

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Yvonne Owuor is the author of Dust, a lyrical novel about loss and mourning. She was born in Kenya and […]

Mratata | By Chumisa Paquita N | An African Story

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I’ve seen a gun three times in my life. * The first time I was about six years old; in […]

I Was a Dreadful Child | Nadine Gordimer on Her Rather Quirky Childhood

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When I came across this Paris Review 1979/1980 interview with Nadine Gordimer, I scanned it for gossip-worthy stuff that I […]

Adichie’s Dreamy Little Story About Bruce Lee and Apollo

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The April 15 issue of the New Yorker has a story by Chimamanda Adichie, titled “Apollo.” Don’t get your hopes […]

Why the Claim that Africans Don’t Read is False

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Worldreader is a not-for-profit organization that provides “mobile platform for books.” According to The Mail and Guardian, after four years of making […]

Celebrating African Fiction! | Official Photos from The Etisalat Prize Award Ceremony

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  Writers, celebrities, and Lagos socialites trouped to the Intercontinental Hotel to celebrate contemporary African literature on March 15th. It was […]