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Retrograde Amnesia | by Dimeji Abidoye | African Poetry

  Every thing begins to fade in the afternoon. It is no trick of my manias, It is the light. It tells none of and all of the lies. What is not already dead is dying. Then there will be you and there will be me, sitting in a lawn chair in the lucent circle […]

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No Ordinary Things | by Mukoma Wa Ngugi | African Poetry

*A Poem for the Black Lives Matter Movement For black men and women, these are no ordinary things: A broken taillight, cigarette, cell phone, a spoon, pocket knife, hoodies in 85 degree heat, skittles, a toy sword, a toy gun in a children’s park, a toy rifle in a store that sells toy rifles, a […]

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On “Performing Pregnancy” and the (What if)! After-effect | by Pearl Osibu

  In the last few days, social media has taken up arms (again) about Chimamanda’s statements. Code word ‘Perform pregnancy.’ In a recent interview with the Financial Times, Adichie confirmed that she’d had a baby—very casual-like—while having a drink. “This is just very sugary, very sweet. I would probably have a glass of wine, but […]

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The Fall of the Gods | by Anthony Azekwoh | An African Story

A kpopu uzo, a kpopu onu (The dawning of a new day makes us aware of our struggle for the means of human life.) ọ̀kan They never passed up an opportunity to celebrate. These were the gods, and they had just won their first victory. Should they not be jolly and revel in their might? […]

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African Lit on Instagram Vol. 7 | Say Hi to Lauren Beukes and her Green Locks

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Have you ever felt the need to update our look—new hair color, unusual nail design, edgier clothing style—but lacked the will to take the big step? We found the perfect African literary icon to inspire you into taking that plunge towards reinventing your style. In May, South Africa’s top speculative fiction writer, Lauren Beukes, debuted her newly dyed […]

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BP Book Feature | Zainab Omaki’s Side Babies Explores Modern African Love

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Zainab Omaki’s Side Babies: Contemporary Women In Africa is a collection of short stories exploring the lives of women. The debut collection comes as a recent addition to the fast growing catalogue of UK-based publishing house Bahati Books. The modern African woman takes center stage in all seven stories inspired by the realities of being female in a place […]

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If the Mountains Spoke | By Mats’eliso Mots’oane | An African Story

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“How twisted is our world that we have to watch the sunrise from behind locked car doors?” Palema asked her boyfriend as she gazed at the city below them. The night before had been spent all around Bloemfontein, at the memorial museum, the movies, a pit stop at the office, and they had shared some […]

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An Elegant High Tea Affair! | Photos From Sarah L. Manyika’s Harare Book Launch

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On July 16th, fans and readers enjoyed high tea at a Harare cafe in celebration of Sarah Ladipo Manyika’s new novel, Like a Mule Bringing Ice Cream to the Sun. Pictures of the event were recently posted on Facebook and left us in awe. In spite of the unfriendly weather, Harare’s literary enthusiasts poured in to […]

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Opportunity in African Publishing | Wasafari Magazine is Hiring | August 1 Deadline

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London-based Brittlers! We found an opportunity we’d like to call to your attention. Wasafiri Magazine offers global literary content that includes Africa-related writing. They are looking for a Deputy Editor, and we’d love it to be you, if working for a magazine is one of your professional dreams. Deadline is August 1. See below to find out how […]

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Marothodi’s Surprise | by Neo Bridgette Kitso | African Poetry

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A little while after the last summer came to an end, Marothodi’s chest started beading. Her breasts pressed out a bit too much and sometimes when she touched them they seemed too tender with a residing uncomfort. She hid them at first because she knew if her mother saw them she would ask questions to […]

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The Strangest Thing | by Ngozi Cole | African Poetry

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It’s hard to get inside my head. Many pendulums of unfinished thoughts Each swiveling recklessly off the edge of a careless charade. Words dripping from an orange amber suckle Succulent metaphors ready to burst from a Fragile nectar. Often, these blobs have become liquefied, And they’ve seeped through cracks and ran Slowly down my cheeks, […]

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In Broad Daylight  | by Sharon Tshipa | An African Story

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                                        As if the stench of cigarettes were not enough, the room reeked of alcohol. Unless they were permitted to drink on the job, I was convinced they had kept a hopeless drunk confined in here all […]

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Congolese Filmmaker Creates Stunning Visual Poem in Honor of His Grandmother

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If you are a fan of new generation African poets like Warsan Shire, Safia Elhillo, Ggenga Adesina and others, the […]

Two Announcements Later, Chika Unigwe Brightens Our 2016

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2016 has been a rather dark and gloomy year, to say the least. Tragic news of loss and violence seems […]

Why We are Celebrating Ggbenga Adesina’s Poem in New York Times Magazine

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Gbenga Adesina first came under our radar in 2014 when he submitted a poem titled “Rediscovery,” a beautiful piece that […]

On the Phone, Her Voice — The Sound of Violin | by Chukwudi Okoye | African Poetry

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On the phone, Her voice — the sound of violin — Would play in melancholy With every words she uttered […]

Things I Taught You | by Danvictor Ebirim | African Poetry

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Time flies. Days turn to night, Or is it the other way I’ve lost track of time, Or am I […]

Read the Top Five Selections for the I ❤️ African Literature Writing Contest

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When we announced the I ❤️ African Literature writing contest two weeks ago, we honestly did not know what to expect. The […]