A Magical Journey! | A Review of Nnedi Okorafor’s Kabu Kabu | by Wole Talabi

Pub. Date: October 2, 2013. Prime Books. 264 pp. Buy Paper Back and Kindle Kabu Kabu is a pidgin term for those dodgy taxis operating cheaply in many parts of Nigeria.  And as the book jacket says, they generally get you where you need to be, one way or the other. A fitting name then for [...]

Paging All Teju Cole Fans! Check Out The Téju, a Jacket Named After Teju Cole

    Loving this little love affair between fashion and the African literary scene. So Teju Cole—the author of Open City—and Ikire Jones, a philly-based fashion designer, are chums. For his “Savage and Saints” 2014 Collection, Ikire Jones names an Ankara-print sport coat after Teju Cole. Teju who thinks highly of his friend’s work seems [...]

A Little Note On Ngugi, Achebe, And My Post-Nobel Prize Blues

  The Nobel Prize fever has come and gone. We rooted for Ngugi wa Thiongo. He didn’t win. Only God knows by what arcane, mystical calculations the Nobel Committee decides on who gets the laureate for literature. But in the past few weeks, I’ve been thinking about all the well-wishing, the hoping, the praying leading up to the [...]

Warsan Shire’s Tenure as London’s Young Poet Laureate Comes to a Sweet End

A year ago, we reported the appointment of Warsan Shire as London’s first ever young poet laureate. Well, a whole year has now passed and her tenure has come to an end. According to BBC news, she had a memorable “year of residences ranging from the Houses of Parliament to beauty salons…as well as the creation [...]

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“He Envied and Ached For Her” | At The Trail Of The Sand Dunes | by Billie Adwoa McTernan

She heard him shuffling around in the next room. His leather sandals slapped against the marble-tiled floor, his waxy sokoto rustled as he moved. She lay still on her side, staring at the hotel room’s egg-shell papered wall, conjuring up images of his movements in her mind and listening out for the quietness between his [...]

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Teju Cole on the Disposability of Black Life #ThinkingFerguson

Three months ago, Nigerian author Teju Cole, wrote this New Yorker piece titled “Black Body: Rereading James Baldwin’s ‘Stranger in the Village.’” In the wake of what happened last night in St. Louis, Cole’s concluding remarks in the essay is timely food for thought.  For those who are not familiar with the situation, Mike Brown, a [...]

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Video | Lovely Interview! | Adichie Knows Enough Igbo for Gossiping Not for Intellectual Conversations

Thanks to interviewers asking the same questions over and over again—Beyonce feature, Half of a Yellow Sun movie, race, and hair— Adichie’s interviews in the past year have been sounding, shall I say, a bit like a broken record. Maybe that’s why I find this video so refreshingly honest and sincere. Adichie looks relaxed in the [...]

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Who Will Decide the 2015 Winner of the Caine Prize? | Meet the New Judges

Who will decide the 2015 winner of the Caine Prize? The announcement was made last week in Nigeria during the Ake Arts and Books Festival By April 2015, the group of five men and women appointed as judges will decide on top five stories. The panel of judges is a nicely diverse group made up of [...]

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“This Wondrous Never-seen Beforeness” | The Magic | By Onomarie Uriri | A Poem

They were drawn to the magic in her. The beautiful, awe-inspiringness of it. This wondrous never-seen beforeness She waved her arms and they leaped. They leaped, headlong, face down, bodies taut. Like fireflies, they leaped towards her light. Her mind was magic Like Athena, she was strength and light, leaping from the head of Zeus [...]

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Literary Things Invented by African Writers | Fagunwa’s Phantasia Novels

The sonnet may not have been invented in Africa, but our poets write beautiful sonnets everyday. Novels may not have been invented in Africa, but our novels are some of the most beautiful ever written.  We do have inventions of our own, though. African writers have always played with form and style and content in [...]

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The Initiation | by Eche Nduka | A Poem

i ENTRY: with your hands in your pockets, you walked into the room and the lights went off. “you’ve come on your own accord!” a voice roared and the doors locked behind you. “on your knees!” another voice ordered. you knelt and closed your eyes as Mozart’s requiem in D minor embraced the room. ii [...]

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From Chibok With Love | By Wole Soyinka | Humanist Award Acceptance Speech

Here is Soyinka’s timely and thought-provoking speech on the stolen girls of Chibok. He presents a strong critique of contemporary humanist thought, particularly its struggles and failures to adequately engage with religious fundamentalism. Soyinka is essentially asking: How do you even begin to address the absurdity of a thought system that imagines it is “virtuous…to abduct [...]

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Okwiri’s Critique of Our Stories Was Invaluable | Sydney Mugerwa on Writivism Mentorship

A while back, I was among those selected from across Africa to participate in a writing program, organized by Centre [...]

Why We Love Saraba Magazine’s The Poet of Sand by Umar sidi

  To the Romantic poet, P. B. Shelley, “poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world.” To Wole Soyinka, the power of [...]

Farafina Goes for Elegant & Artistic in the Cover of the Nigerian Edition of Adichie’s Americanah

The Nigerian edition of Chimamanda Adichie’s Americanah is soon to be out, and I’m loving the cover. Nigerian artist, Victor [...]

We Celebrate Linda Ikeji and Pa Ikhide’s New Found Twitter Love

Ikhide Ikheloa is a literary critic. Linda Ikeji is the Queen of Nigerian online tabloid. Their worlds couldn’t be more apart. [...]

Literary Things Invented by African Writers | Wole Soyinka’s Prisonettes

  The sonnet may not have been invented in Africa, but our poets write beautiful sonnets everyday. Novels may not [...]

Congrats to the Authors Longlisted for The Etisalat Prize for Literature

Ten lucky authors have been longlisted for the second edition of the Etisalat Prize for literature.  Speaking for the panel [...]