Conceptual Analysis of M. I. Abaga’s King James

The world of music is a game of thrones, right? And you play to win or die. If there’s anyone who knows the truth of this statement, it’s M. I. In his latest single, titled “King James,” he speaks about this violence lying at the heart of any high-stake hustle, whether it’s entertainment or politics. Of [...]

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 [...]

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Ellen Banda on Writing Children’s Fiction | Interviewed by Caleb Adebayo

Ellen Banda-Aaku is a published and award-winning writer of books for children and short stories. Her first book for children, Wandi’s Little Voice won the 2004 Macmillan Writers’ Prize for Africa. Beyond being a writer for children, she also writes adult fiction. Patchwork, one of her published works and an award-winning novel is a work [...]

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Ifemelu Comes to Life in Adichie’s New Blog

Last time, I brought you Adichie’s fashion blog—Chimamanda Style Files—managed by “her team.” Hopefully you’ve been popping by the blog from time to time to keep up with Adichie’s wardrobe. This time, I’m pleased to share with you Adichie’s literary blog that she writes in the persona of Ifemelu. Remember when you read Ifemelu’s fictional blogposts [...]

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Ngugi Is Favored to Win the Nobel Prize, Says Swedish Betting Firm

It’s barely a month before the next Noble Laureate is announced, so excitement is starting to build up. But for those who are placing bets on who will win, their excitement has been brewing for the past one year. Every year, on the day after the Nobel Laureate is announced, a Swedish betting firm called [...]

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Slamming Binyavanga for Slamming the Caine Prize | by Obinna Udenwe

  In a time long forgot, a bird called Nza, one of the tiniest birds ever created by God, finished a sumptuous meal of esusa soup and pounded yam, and while reclining on a soft palm frond, enjoying the evening breeze, and sipping from a gourd cup of fresh palm wine, said to himself, “Now [...]

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N. Bulawayo on Literary Success, Giving Back, and Writivism | Interviewed by Rebecca Rwakabukoza

NoViolet Bulawayo is a Zimbabwean author and Stegner Fellow at Stanford University. Her debut novel We Need New Names was released in 2013 and was included in the 2013 Man Booker Prize shortlist.  This made her the first black African woman and the first Zimbabwean to be shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. It also [...]

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Dear Ms. Paper: Can I Dump Him For Not Knowing Who Achebe Is?

Dear Ms. Paper: I recently graduated from University of Lagos with a first-class degree in History. I completed my National Youth Service two months ago and landed a sweet consulting job right after. Just when I thought life couldn’t get any better, my boyfriend proposed to me. I was in pure heaven until it came [...]

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EVENT: Aminatta Forna and E.C. Osondu in New York City

For those in New York, here is a free, high-profile literary event to mark on your calendars. Scottish Sierra Leonean novelist Aminatta Forna who is also a Windham Campbell Prize winner and Nigerian novelist and Caine Prize winner, E. C. Osondu will meet up to chat about all things literary, alongside novelist and Pulitzer-winning journalist, Lorraine Adams. The event [...]

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How To Be an Acceptable Wife | by Ola Nubi | A Story

You see — as soon as I saw you approaching the house carrying all your load on your back like a tortoise, I knew that you had disgraced us in your husband’s house. Did I not train you to be an acceptable wife? The fire under plantains should not be too high, as it will [...]

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What Does Your Favorite African Novel Say About You?

Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe You are a vintage soul. You like old things. Stories about lost, ruined worlds is  [...]

Seven Letters to a Poet From Another Time | by Kechi Nomu | A Poem

I Art will not survive in a house like this… II A dictator sits on a terrace chair and considers [...]

“Brooklyn, Where Shadows Are Welcome” | Freckled by Kiah | A Love Story

The crying has stopped and for that above all else, I am thankful. I thought it would never end. I [...]

Madame Kiru’s Boudoir | A Selection of African Romance Novels by Kiru Taye

  If you read only mainstream African novelists like Adichie, Selasi, and company, chances are that you’re entirely unaware of a [...]

That Dress Though | Chimamanda at the 2014 Farafina Literary Evening

Chimamanda Adichie wore this floor-length white-leopard-patterned dress to the 2014 Farafina Literary Evening held at the Oriental Hotel in Victoria [...]

What Zadie Smith’s Mom Taught Me About Bridget Jones

During a conversation about strong female characters, Zadie Smith tells Chimamanda Adichie a story about her mother’s reaction to Bridget [...]