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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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Four African Novelists to Follow on Instagram

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  African novelists are hip to changing trends. We saw how Teju Cole conquered Twitter. Lately, I’ve been hearing about the wonderful things Lauren Beukes is doing with DC Comics. And if you’ve not head about Adichie’s fashion collaboration with Vogue UK, you’re clearly living under a rock. So it’s no surprise that, for some African […]

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The Very Tricky Problem of Deflowering an African Novel Virgin

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If we begin counting from late 19th century when novels written in African languages were being published in South Africa, we could say African novels have been in existence for over a hundred years. That’s a lot of novels! So what do you do when someone who has never read an African novel asks you to make […]

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My Name Is…Scratch That | Review of Dinaw Mengestu’s All Our Names | By Nma Uche

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What is in a name? Helen and Isaac are common names, easy to pronounce and remember. Both are the narrators in Dinaw Mengestu’s latest book, All Our Names. Last summer, I listened as Dinaw read an excerpt from this book to an audience at the Free Library of Philadelphia. The setting was a diner in Mid-west […]

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Wonder Woman in Soweto! | Lauren Beukes Gives African Spin to DC Comic’s Superhero

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We know and love Lauren Beukes for spine-tingling urban fantasies like Zoo City, The Shining Girls, and Broken Monsters. Well, it appears there’s even more reason to love South Africa’s “darling of speculative fiction.” Thanks to Beukes’ literary awesomeness, the lasso-wielding Wonder Woman is getting an African make-over. Wonder Woman is still hanging out with Batman […]

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What If Maps Were Made By Africans For Their Own Use? | Chimurenga’s New Issue is a Must Read

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CNN calls Chimurenga Chronic “Africa’s answer to the New Yorker.” But the truth is the New Yorker has nothing on the Cape Town-based magazine. Chimurenga Chronic is edgy and experimental in a way that the New Yorker could never be. The reason for this is simple. When you set out to capture the complexities of Africa’s […]

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Quotes from Five African Women Writers to Help You Jumpstart Your Writing Dreams

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The month of March—Women’s History Month—has been great, but it’s coming to an end We invite you to join us in celebrating African women writers who inspire us with their work and their wisdom. Nnedi Okorafor (Nigerian), author of Lagoon.  Don’t talk about writing. Don’t whine about writing. Don’t spend all your time obsessing over who wins […]

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How 58 Intellectuals from 25 Countries Took A Bus Ride Across South Africa

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A new issue of The Salon is out! And it chronicles the one-of-a-kind travel project that took 58 scholars from 25 countries across South Africa. Guess what! I was one of those 58 lucky passengers who left Johannesburg on a two-week journey through Swaziland, Durban, King William’s Town, Ginsberg, Qunu, and Cape Town. As you can expect, it turned […]

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My African Book Diary | African Food Porn for the Hungry and the Lustful

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Now, this is one sexy African novel. How to Cook Your Husband the African Way, written by Cameroonian author, Calixthe Beyala,  follows the intrigues in the life of a young Cameroonian woman living and searching for a husband in Paris. She has her eyes fixed on Mr. Bolobolo, an African man in her apartment complex. […]

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Maker of Documentaries | by Nnamdi Oguike | An African Short Story

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“Jean-Marie de Valmont, the famous French filmmaker, was filming the final episode of a documentary series on Nigerian cuisine when […]

African Book Feature | The Cure by Bhatupe Mhango | Rewriting the HIV Story

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Welcome to yet another post on our “African Book Feature” series where we introduce you to new African writing. The […]

Why Zadie Smith Tops Adichie’s List of Women Who Write Well and Dress Well

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While Chimamanda Adichie is not the only fashion-loving novelist out there, she is certainly unparalleled in her openness about it. […]

For the Love and Fun of African Literature! | First Photos from the 2014 Etisalat Prize Award Ceremony

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Yesterday—March 15—the wall separating pop culture and high literature fell down in what will go down in history as one […]

When Art Meets Literature | Finding Literary Inspiration in Mickalene Thomas’ Art Work

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I want to give a shout out to an artist whose work has inspired what I do here at Brittle […]

Zahra | by Hadiza Muhammad | An African Story

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The two women stood at opposite ends of the kitchen like military men at their duty post. The pot of […]