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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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Wole Soyinka: I Fantasize About Meeting JK Rowling in a Dark Alley

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Who knew that our beloved Soyinka had a literary obsession? In a talk presented during a FESPACO 2013 event, titled “A Name is More Than The Tyranny Of Taste,” he goes on and on about his admiration for J. K. Rowling’s enormously successful series, Harry Potter. Read between the lines, and you might hear Soyinka suggesting that […]

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The Soundtrack of a Memory | by Nnamdi Ibeanusi

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The old man sits in the bathtub and hums a calming tune, his thoughts lost among the white foams. The heady scent of lavender shampoo is suspended in the air, but it’s been tempered by the severe odors of the old man’s medicated body oils. The majestic blue of the waking sky, punctuated here and […]

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Event | Treat Yourself to a Night of African Stories | Jude Idada’s Toronto Book Launch

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For those living in Toronto, here’s is a chance to treat yourself to a special literary night-out. Jude Idada is launching two of his literary works—By My Own Hands + Didi Kanu and the Singing Dwarfs from the North—at a swanky Toronto bar. Enjoy fun conversations about African literature as you sip on delicious beer, […]

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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]