Would You Read the Bible if it Were a Novel?

There is a part of me that is a bit sad about the waning popularity of the bible in popular discourse. In many African spaces, the bible continues to be an influential text shaping the lives of many.  For many Africans, like myself, the bible is where we formed our earliest relationship with literary text. I am [...]

A Dramatist’s Passion for the Art | Interview with Segun Adefila of Crown Troupe

We didn’t know where we were headed back then. The only thing we were certain of was our passion for the arts — Segun Adefila Writing, the beautiful the about writing, is the creativity and imagination that comes with it. Imagining a character’s voice, hair style, clothing, what he/she might do in certain situations. It [...]

This is Not a Poem, This is Not a Prayer | by Umar Abubakar Sidi

(for the Girls of Chibok, and for Benson Eluma, Usman Umar Akeel and Gimba Kakanda) Today, the machinery of the poet is scuttled No ambivalent metaphors. No silent birds Whistling delicious melodies to the hearing of the poet, No magic mirrors reflect images of dancing maidens And storytelling blue parrots in royal chambers Pillared on [...]

Keeping Up With Chimamanda’s Swanky Wardrobe

Adichie officially asked us to care about what she wears and how she looks when she did the fashion manifesto bit  in Elle Magazine and sent in her photos for consideration as Fashion Bombshell of the Day. I can’t say we were not a bit surprised by such a bold move. But the author of Americanah [...]

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What’s Weird about Teju Cole Claiming A Shakespearean Heritage?

Teju Cole’s recent New Yorker essay is a timely and engaging piece. Not surprising. On Facebook today he writes, “I gave this piece my all.” The essay is about blackness and estrangement. Responding to one of James Baldwin’s travel essays, Cole thinks about the meaning of being black and feeling like a stranger in an all-white Swiss [...]

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Africa’s Mad and Most Loved Emperor | Chaka by Thomas Mofolo | A Book Review

If you’re reading this, you are about to join me on a trip to an early moment in African literary history. Thomas Mofolo‘s Chaka is a novel languishing in the dark, airless pit of the African literary archive. Join me as we dig it up, give it a good dusting, and see whether it’s cool [...]

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Would You Read the Bible if it Were a Novel?

There is a part of me that is a bit sad about the waning popularity of the bible in popular discourse. In many African spaces, the bible continues to be an influential text shaping the lives of many.  For many Africans, like myself, the bible is where we formed our earliest relationship with literary text. I am [...]

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Dear Ms. Paper: Save Me From This Boring African Novel

Dear Ms. Paper: Roughly two months ago, I decided to expand my cultural horizon. I curbed my obsession with Nollywood movies and thought I’d try reading African novels instead. A bookworm friend gave me a list of 6 novels. They all sounded the same to me, meaning boring and tiresome, so I decided to pick the [...]

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A Dramatist’s Passion for the Art | Interview with Segun Adefila of Crown Troupe

We didn’t know where we were headed back then. The only thing we were certain of was our passion for the arts — Segun Adefila Writing, the beautiful the about writing, is the creativity and imagination that comes with it. Imagining a character’s voice, hair style, clothing, what he/she might do in certain situations. It [...]

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“I Want to Follow You” | Boy on a Train by Akumbu Uche | Flash Fiction

I wanted to stay and watch the fireworks but Aunty Phoebe said, no. I didn’t like it, but I’m glad we didn’t because if we had. I wouldn’t be seated across from you now, taking in your handsome face and your jet black hair. We were the only black family; surely you must have noticed [...]

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NoViolet Bulawayo: Everything I produce is African | Dispatches from Kampala by Bwesigye bwa Mwesigire

From 18th to the 22nd June 2014, Kampala hosted The Writivism Festival, a literary feast attracting prominent names in contemporary African Literature. NoViolet Bulawayo participated in festival and was later hosted at the FEMRITE Readers and Writers club alongside Abubakar Adam Ibrahim and 2014 Writivism regional winners, Kelechi Njoku and Ssekandi Ronald Sseguja. The conversations touched [...]

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This is Not a Poem, This is Not a Prayer | by Umar Abubakar Sidi

(for the Girls of Chibok, and for Benson Eluma, Usman Umar Akeel and Gimba Kakanda) Today, the machinery of the poet is scuttled No ambivalent metaphors. No silent birds Whistling delicious melodies to the hearing of the poet, No magic mirrors reflect images of dancing maidens And storytelling blue parrots in royal chambers Pillared on [...]

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“George Is Cutting Out My Breasts!” | Home Coming by Obinna Udenwe | A Gothic African Story

It is Christmas. The euphoria is in the air. You stand at the village junction and watch as people alight [...]

The in-between | by Jen Thorpe | A Poem

  It is not always as clear as Cluster-fuck or wild success, Bombed out city or rising metropolis, Virgin or [...]

Rappers are Writers, No? | S. African Rapper Schools Us on the Writer’s Hustle

This post comes from listening to “Writer’s Club“— a track done by ProVerb, one of South Africa’s top emcees. It occurred [...]

New Website Keeps Mukoma wa Ngugi in Touch with Fans

Mukoma wa Ngugi has just launched a new website stocked with carefully curated content giving fans more access to one [...]

A Gravedigger, Body Snatching, & Powdered Skull — Truth or Fiction?

We assume that whereas life consists of ordinary, everyday events, fiction is the domain of the strange. But then a [...]

African Writing on Solitude | Saraba’s Latest Issue is Available for Download

The weekend is almost here and we know you’re looking for something to read. Saraba Magazine has a new collection of [...]