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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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Film Adaptation of Uzodinma Iweala’s Beasts of No Nation Set for 2015 Release

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Yet another African novel makes a bold entrance into Hollywood. Way back in 2013, Deadline announced that Cary Fukunaga, the director of the critically acclaimed HBO show, True Detective, was teaming up with Idris Elba to film Uzodinma Iweala’s war drama titled, Beasts of No Nation. Word has just come through that the project is done […]

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African Literary News | Half of a Yellow Sun Makes It to Netflix

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Half of a Yellow Sun film is now available for streaming on Netflix. Biyi Bandele’s adaptation of Adichie’s war drama is a 2013 Nollywood-Hollywood collaboration starring Thandie Newton and Chiwetel Ejiofor. With the very limited theatrical release, only a lucky few saw the film on the big screen. Even with the DVD release and pay-per-view streaming last year, […]

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A Flicker of Memory | by Andrew C. Dakalira | African Flash Fiction

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The old bus crawled along the dirt road towards Masau district. It groaned under the weight of people and livestock. The engine protested, but neither the driver nor the passengers cared. Men, women and children chattered away. Chickens gave occasional clucks. Local music sounded through the ancient speakers at the back of the bus. He […]

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Adichie is Vogue UK’s Fashion Star of the Month! | 30 Looks + Her Style Inspiration

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Adichie is the March feature of Vogue UK’s popular “Closet Diaries” series. Every day, for one whole month, she’ll show Vogue’s readers what she’s wearing. For Adichie’s fans, it’s got to be like camping out in her closet and seeing her style routine. This collaboration with Vogue UK puts Adichie in the company of super models […]

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The Conversation You Never Had | by Sharon Tshipa | A Story

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What went wrong, you don’t know. When what went wrong went wrong, you don’t know either. But after pinching yourself ten times to ascertain that you are wide awake you know for sure that something went very, very wrong, commencing maybe an hour or less before your arrival. Who is to blame for what went […]

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Book Campaigns We Love | Women Wearing Red Coats Take Over London Train Stations

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As any publisher would tell you, publishing a book is only the beginning. Marketing it is a totally different beast. Given the considerable expense that goes marketing and publicity, authors and publishers are always on the look out for creative and cost effective campaign ideas. Last week, Faber and Faber novelist, Kate Hamer, took her campaign […]

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Monday Morning | by Akumbu Uche | An African Flash Fiction

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Area One! Airport Junction! Lugbe! The taxis are calling out their routes and filling up quickly. Meanwhile, minutes of waiting are threatening to stretch into an hour but you would rather be patient — the El-Rufai bus is fifty naira cheaper and you know very well how a little goes a long way. Biding your […]

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How Africa Went from Rising to Becoming a Virus | Kenyan Novelist, Yvonne Owuor, on Reimagining Africa

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The Kenyan novelist, Yvonne Owuor, should be applauded for her rousing TEDxEuston talk about seeking out new ways of imagining and telling Africa’s stories. She makes the point that the world has gotten so used to thinking of Africa through narratives that go from unbridled optimism to sheer contempt. We all saw how the whole […]

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Limbo | by Jen Thorpe | African Poetry

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  Limbo Liminal, lost Limb lopped. Late nights in bars and on night buses. Last trains to home departing on […]

TBT | Wole Soyinka in a Magician’s Cape?

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It’s Thursday! So I thought we could do a little TBT in honor of my much beloved literary crush of […]

Dear Ms. Paper: I Want to Kill My (Tribalist) Editor!

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Dear Ms. Paper:  My editor hates me. And I can tell it’s because she harbors intense hatred for my ethnic […]

A Brilliant Burst of Fire | Review of Chigozie Obioma’s The Fishermen| by Onyeka Nwelue 

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Pub. Date: April 15, 2015. Publisher: Little, Brown and Company. 304 pp. Preorder HERE. When asked at what point in […]

Recantation | by Femi Morgan | An African Poem

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Death knocked Barged in Did not meet anyone at home. We came back Called the carpenter To fix the holds […]

Big Win for African Fiction! | $150, 000 Windham Campbell Prize Goes to Teju Cole, Helon Habila, & Vladislavic

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The third edition of The Windham Campbell Prize is here! The list of nine winners were announced a few hours ago. […]