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A Friendly Reading Match! | Photos from Lagos Literary Event Featuring Victor Ehikhamenor and Toni Kan

Last Sunday, two celebrated figures in the Nigerian literary community went head to head in a bid to settle scores between fiction and non-fiction. Victor Ehikhamenor is an artist and essayist. Toni Kan is a Lagos-based fiction writer. In what many are calling an unusual literary event, they challenged each other in a reading duel hosted […]

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Roaming | by Fareeda Abdulkareem | An African Story

Roaming The car moved along Victoria Island making tick tick sounds beneath them as if a rat had somehow gotten under and was scrambling to find a way out. She listened to her friend ramble on about her ex boyfriend who had reappeared in her life through a random whatsapp message. “He wanted to reach […]

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On Fictionalizing Violence: Sebald Versus Poverty Porn

Clemantine Wamariya and her sister left home to escape genocide in Rwanda. They wandered from refugee camp to refugee camp for 6 years until they gained asylum in the United States where they now novel live. Clemantine, who does advocacy work against genocide, recently shared a longer version of this story in the online magazine Matter. [Read Here] […]

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African Twitter Erupts Over #IfAfricaWasABar Hashtag

It all started with this tweet: If Africa was a bar, what would your country be drinking/doing? — Siyanda-Panda (@SiyandaWrites) July 27, 2015 Ever since then, #ifafricawasabar has gone viral with over 60,000 tweets and counting. The jokes, sarcasm, reality checks, and outrageous memes keep pouring in. It’s all about Africans revealing how they perceive […]

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I am Not my Hair | by Farida Bagalaaliwo | An African Essay

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I remember sitting between my mother’s knees, feeling my 5inch/6inch hair pulled and prodded with love, just so; hairpins stuck in the back, left, right and center to hold that little short mass of hair into a ‘puff'(bun). My face scrunched and wincing with each pull of the brush, and an occasional “ouch” when the […]

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Her Tapestry | by Refilwe Kerekang | A Lyrical Prose

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I seem to have forgotten long days and short nights. They made me, molded me and accepted me with all my cuts and bruises, strengths and flaws, shines and darkness. I am here, still. She came back to me to remind me of her, that she never left, her bags are still in the lobby, […]

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African Writers on Writing | Lauren Beukes Likens Writing to a Virus, an Infection, and a Parasite

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There are aspiring African writers out there working hard to produce good work. To help them get ahead in the literary hustle, we  keep an eye out for words of encouragement and advice from successful African authors. This edition of the “African Writers on Writing” series comes straight out of South Africa where all sorts of interesting […]

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Publishing Opportunity For African Writers | Submissions to The Voice Anthology Now Open

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The editors of a new anthology project called The Voice invite writers and artists to submit their work for publication. The objective of the publication is to use art and literature to tell stories exploring space and place within a globalized world. The theme of the issue currently being assembled is the ancient city of Ife, an […]

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Review of The Sail | An Anthology of Writings by Students in a Lagos Secondary School

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  The Sail is a collection of stories, poems, essays, artwork, and play written by students at Whitesands School. The project is revolutionary for the simple reason that it carves out a literary space for very young writers—in this case students in a Lagos secondary school. Working with Tade Ipadeola and Chika Unigwe—both award winning authors—Kola […]

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C: the Origin of the Third Letter | by Yuan Changming | African Poetry

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a Phoenician throw-stick held high in his right hand the Egyptian basket lying far beyond his reach what was, what is the Chinese peasant trying to do in his story?   ********** Post image via African Digital Art About the Author: Yuan Changming, 8-time Pushcart nominee and author of 5 chapbooks, is the most widely […]

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Ibadan Girl at the Stockholm Pride | Ayodele Olofintuade | An Essay

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Where Are All the Black People? Their eyes slide away from yours. Your smile is never returned. You’re black, you’re wearing ‘native’ attire… you stick out like a sore thumb. Yes they are black too, and they used to be like you, proudly wearing their ‘native’ prints, but now, all they want is to blend […]

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Publishing Opportunity for Nigerian Writers | Saraba Manuscript Project | Entries Now Open

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Aspiring writers with completed fiction or non-fiction manuscripts, listen up. The brilliant folks at Saraba Magazine just launched a literary initiative called The Saraba Manuscript Project. Writers are invited to send in completed manuscripts with a chance to win N100,000 ($500) and a publishing deal. The contest is open to Nigerians only. Entries will stay open […]

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Ikire Jones and the Art of Blending Fashion and African Storytelling

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Ikire Jones is not just a fashion brand. It is a creative project that enriches fashion with an aesthetic ideology of […]

The Girl with the Mami Wata Tattoo | by Mame Bougouma Diene | An African Story

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She had a Mami Wata tramp stamp tattooed on her lower back. Conveniently located so her ass crack was her […]

Clarity on Load-shedding | by Khaya Ronkainen | African Poetry

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I visited a country romantic people live there eat dinner by candlelight most days. Cold shower—– remedy illusions. Where’s energy? […]

African Literature on Instagram Vol. 2 | Chris Abani on Literature and the Writing Life

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We are posting another edition of “African Literature on Instagram”— by popular demand! It’s such a fun post to curate […]

Major African Literary News! | The Most Expensive African Fiction Manuscript Gets a Publication Date

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The official synopsis for Mbolo Mbue’s novel is finally out. How exciting! And the date we’ve all been waiting for […]

Watch Idris Elba in Film Adaptation of African Novel | Beasts of No Nation By Uzodinma Iweala

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“Agu, you are going to kill this man.” Listening to Idris Elba say those words sends shivers down the spine. […]