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The Poetry of Hair! | Taiye Selasi Partners with Dove Hair in #LoveYourCurls Campaign

Taiye Selasi is known for her cascading shock of black, kinky curls. But being on #teamnatural is not just a styling choice for Ghana’s best selling novelist. It is a message worth spreading. Selasi who has embraced her natural curls ever since her college days wears the hat of a poet in Dove’s Love Your Curl […]

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How to Cook African Literary Food | Ben Okri and The Magic of Pepper Soup

So much of the magic in Ben Okri’s The Famished Road revolves around pepper soup—a dish universally loved by everyone in the novel, whether man or woman, ghost or prehistoric creature. Some of the most important scenes in the novel take place in Madame Koto’s bar. Fans of Okri’s classic know Madame Koto’s bar as an […]

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I Read to be Consoled | 13 Best Quotes from Adichie’s Pen Festival Lecture + Gorgeous Photos

Chimamanda Adichie’s lecture at the Pen World Voices Festival came and went, leaving a trail of thoughtful quotes and lovely photos. I hope you find inspiration in these quotes and enjoy all the fun photos that comes right after. ****************** 1. “It’s important to me that African stories be told by African people.” 2. “To choose to […]

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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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The Quirky African Poem We Can’t Stop Reading | Quarantine With Abdelhalim Hafez | by Safia Elhillo

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Safia Elhillo is a Sudanese poet based in Washington, DC. She is one of the two winners of the 2015 Brunel University African Poetry Prize. In just three years of being in existence, the £3000 prize has become a training ground of sorts for Africa’s poetry stars. The first winner of the prize, Warsan Shire, went to […]

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The Poetry of Hair! | Taiye Selasi Partners with Dove Hair in #LoveYourCurls Campaign

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Taiye Selasi is known for her cascading shock of black, kinky curls. But being on #teamnatural is not just a styling choice for Ghana’s best selling novelist. It is a message worth spreading. Selasi who has embraced her natural curls ever since her college days wears the hat of a poet in Dove’s Love Your Curl […]

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INTERVIEW | Nikitia Yona on Braving Divorce and Writing A Tell-All Memoir

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A memoir is often an author’s attempt to use the storytelling tools of fiction to convey a true life experience. Surviving Divorce in Hidalgo County is written by Tanzanian-American writer, Nikitia Yona. It tells the story of Eny Samuel, a woman whose charmed life is rudely interrupted in a loveless and abusive marriage. Surviving Divorce […]

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The Abyssinian God | by Yiro Abari High | An African Poem

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Across the Atlantic They are not agnostic With three hundred and sixty five stones They watch the cycle. With the last pebble gone They blow their horn. They look into the sky For a God who’s most high. They ask earnestly for a favor For God to consecrate their labor As the green season come […]

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How to Cook African Literary Food | Ben Okri and The Magic of Pepper Soup

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So much of the magic in Ben Okri’s The Famished Road revolves around pepper soup—a dish universally loved by everyone in the novel, whether man or woman, ghost or prehistoric creature. Some of the most important scenes in the novel take place in Madame Koto’s bar. Fans of Okri’s classic know Madame Koto’s bar as an […]

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Holy Sex by Obinna Udenwe | Episode 1 | Nigerian Church Erotica

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Your pastor secretes holy milk. That is the story being whispered by everyone in the church—choristers, ushers, and the women. They say he is God’s anointed. A man anointed by God must have all his body parts and fluids blessed too. With just a wave of his hands, people fall in multitudes. When he talks […]

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I Read to be Consoled | 13 Best Quotes from Adichie’s Pen Festival Lecture + Gorgeous Photos

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Chimamanda Adichie’s lecture at the Pen World Voices Festival came and went, leaving a trail of thoughtful quotes and lovely photos. I hope you find inspiration in these quotes and enjoy all the fun photos that comes right after. ****************** 1. “It’s important to me that African stories be told by African people.” 2. “To choose to […]

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African Pop Fiction | Brittle Paper Launches HOLY SEX! | A Nigerian Church-Thriller

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Sex sells. But in Africa, religion sells nearly as much. In a new story series titled Holy Sex, Nigerian novelist […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]