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On Growing up Black, Foreign and Legal in South Africa | by Wadeisor Rukato

On Thursday the 30th of April 2015, I stepped off a taxi coming from the Bree taxi rank in order to make my way toward the MTN taxi rank[1]. I was coming from Greenside, where I work as an intern for a consultancy firm. Immediately I stepped onto the curb, I was stopped by an aggressive […]

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We are Rooting for Wole Soyinka as He Seeks Prestigious Oxford Professorship

Wole Soyinka is a Nobel laureate, but becoming the Professor of Poetry at Oxford University comes with a whole new kind of prestige. For 300 years, poets of great renown have vied to hold what many say is “the top academic poetry role in the UK.” Oxford Professor of Poetry is an elected post, but the […]

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The Poetry of Hair! | Taiye Selasi Partners with Dove Hair in #LoveYourCurls Campaign

Taiye Selasi is known for her cascading shock of black, kinky curls. But being on #teamnatural is not just a styling choice for Ghana’s best selling novelist. It is a message worth spreading. Selasi who has embraced her natural curls ever since her college days wears the hat of a poet in Dove’s Love Your Curl […]

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How to Cook African Literary Food | Ben Okri and The Magic of Pepper Soup

So much of the magic in Ben Okri’s The Famished Road revolves around pepper soup—a dish universally loved by everyone in the novel, whether man or woman, ghost or prehistoric creature. Some of the most important scenes in the novel take place in Madame Koto’s bar. Fans of Okri’s classic know Madame Koto’s bar as an […]

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All I Now Know of Life | By Chukwudi Okoye | A Lyrical Story

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It’s not like one can give what one does not have Like playing a piano, or singing in the opera, Like loving a woman (that they say takes a special kind of skill). I remember well that evening When you came back from your meeting And packed your things and left. The sun set with […]

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Yet Another African Novel Begins the Journey to the Big Screen | Khaled Towfik’s Utopia

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Lauren Beukes’ The Shinning Girls, Adichie’s Americanah, Uzodinma Iweala’s Beast of No Nation, and now Ahmed Khaled Towfik’s Utopia. [See HERE, HERE, and HERE] The Egyptian bestselling novel is the latest in a growing collection of African novels optioned for the big screen. Set in 2023, it tells the story of a dystopian world where an […]

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The Dissolution of Love and State | By Zainab Omaki | An African Story

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They bump into each other as she leaves the studio. It’s only 10 a.m. but Maya is already drained from the news she was forced to give in a neutral tone and expression. All around her, production people are shouting in jubilation; hands up and faces alive, like caricatures of happiness, not living, breathing human […]

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How Adichie’s Feminist Pamphlet Started a Trending Twitter Hashtag | #BeingFemaleInNigeria

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Thanks to Chimamanda Adichie’s feminist booklet, an Abuja-based book club sent the hashtag #BeingFemaleInNigeria on a trending spike yesterday. That beautiful moment when you realize that books can change the world! Okay maybe not change the world but at least get people talking about things that truly matter—like raising awareness about sexism in Nigerian society. Here is how […]

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Holy Sex! | by Obinna Udenwe | Episode 6 | A Nigerian Church Erotica

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 You wake up one day and discover that you have been living a life built on unquantifiable illusion— a long life built on deception. You look back at your life and wonder if you’ve been under a spell or something. The first person you contact when you get back into Lagos is Zainab. You are worried […]

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Photo of the Week | Yet Another Adichie Funny Face |#AfricanLiterature

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Yet another Adichie funny face! Adorable or what? [Click HERE if you missed the other one.] This photograph of Ms. Adichie spotting a funny place was taken a few days ago at the on-going Farafina Trust Writing Workshop. Have a lovely weekend! By the way, more photos from the workshop next week. ************** Photo courtesy @theforgetterseye […]

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Paging All Londoners! | Don’t Miss AFRICA WRITES — UK’s Biggest African Literary Event

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July 3-5 is the date to mark on your calendar if you live in London or happen to be there. Ben Okri is billed to headline two days of events celebrating African literature. There will be book launches, readings, author appearances, panel discussions to delight fans of African writing. Most of the events will take […]

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Thank You to the Folks at Writivism!

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I’m so incredibly honored to have served as a judge for the 2015 Writivism Short Story Competition. Working with fellow judges—Chika Unigwe, Rachel Zadok, Mukoma wa Ngugi, and Tendai Huchu—was a joy. They were all always so fair, gracious, and perceptive in their appraisal of every story. The review process was straightforward. After a series of […]

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A Simplistic Archeology of Light | by Ali Znaidi | An African Poem

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Can we discern the light from the glitter of the melting wax? These candles are germinating again like Demiurges on […]

Literary Things Invented by African Writers | Onitsha Market Pamphlets

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

Holy Sex! | by Obinna Udenwe | Episode 5 | A Nigerian Church Erotica

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You didn’t love your husband so much when he was alive, so you slept with young men old enough to […]

Malaya | by Patrick Ochieng Ochieng | A Nairobi Story

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For a man his size his tone is soft and soothing; almost effeminate. He says he has a family and […]

Photo of the day | #AfricanLiterature

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Aminatta Forna posted this photo of herself and Alain Mabanckou smiling away into the camera at the International Booker Prize ceremony. […]

The Kingdom of Gravity | The Poem That Made Nick Makoha Africa’s Award Winning Poet

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Nick Makoha’s work is one of those rare discoveries you make with a sigh of relief, knowing that poetry is […]