African Writers Never Looked So Good! | See the Stunning Photo Shoot at Ake Arts and Book Festival

So when I heard African writers were convening at Ake, a small south-western town in Nigeria and home to Wole Soyinka, I thought I knew what to expect. They were going to strut around saying a whole bunch of smart things about African literature and other serious matters. When they were not edifying audiences in workshops [...]

Exclusive: See All The Gorgeous Photos! | 2014 Ake Arts and Book Festival | Presented by Nnamdi Anyadu

If you are a lover of books and the arts, I guess it wouldn’t be news to you that Christmas came early this year for the universe of African Literature. The 2015 edition of Ake Arts and Book Festival was held from the 18th to 22nd of November at Abeokuta, a south-western city in Nigeria. [...]

A Magical Journey! | A Review of Nnedi Okorafor’s Kabu Kabu | by Wole Talabi

Pub. Date: October 2, 2013. Prime Books. 264 pp. Buy Paper Back and Kindle Kabu Kabu is a pidgin term for those dodgy taxis operating cheaply in many parts of Nigeria.  And as the book jacket says, they generally get you where you need to be, one way or the other. A fitting name then for [...]

Paging All Teju Cole Fans! Check Out The Téju, a Jacket Named After Teju Cole

    Loving this little love affair between fashion and the African literary scene. So Teju Cole—the author of Open City—and Ikire Jones, a philly-based fashion designer, are chums. For his “Savage and Saints” 2014 Collection, Ikire Jones names an Ankara-print sport coat after Teju Cole. Teju who thinks highly of his friend’s work seems [...]

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Photos: UK-Based African Women Writers Meet To Talk Business of Writing

UK-based African writers came together in a one-of-a-kind literary event to chat about that aspect of writing that no one wants to talk about—the business of writing. Tolu Popoola, Amanda Epe, Ola Nubi, Sade Adeniran, Kiru Taye, and others were all on hand to share their experiences with writing, publishing, marketing, and the digital turn. Part [...]

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President Obasanjo Hangs Out with Writers at Ake Festival

Writers convened at Ake for the second edition of Ake Arts and Book Festival. It only made sense that President Olusegun Obasanjo who lives sort of close by  and who is himself an author should be there to mingle with fellow authors. The publication of his memoir, titled My Watch, is the most recent in [...]

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UK Website Reveals The Bestselling Books of All Time

Bestselling book of all time? How much do you think a book would have to sell to take such a spotlight? Well, after looking through considerable data, the folks at lovereading.co.uk claims to have come up with a good list that includes the likes of Don Quixote, Harry Porter, and Quotations from Chairman Mao Tse-tung. At 3 billion copies sold, [...]

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Chibok by Jen Thorpe

Six months Is almost enough time To create A new person. Over two hundred Should be enough To garner some Consistent, persistent, resistance. Those on the road To the nowhere Somewhere Elsewhere The girls are now, Didn’t they see? Don’t they know Something, Anything? Waiting with Patience for Goodluck Has left a silence Where answers [...]

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Ethiopian Novel Makes New York Times Best Covers Of 2014

Congrats to Dinaw Mengestu and the designer of the cover of his new book, All Our Names. The cover design made the New York Times Best Cover of 2014. This places Mengestu in fine company—with the likes of Haruki Murakami and Italo Calvino whose recent works also made the cut. {See Complete List HERE} A [...]

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Ikhide Ikheloa is Asking Readers to Boycott President Obasanjo’s Memoir

I don’t want to start any controversy except to draw your attention to Ikhide Ikheloa’s Facebook status regarding ex-President Obasanjo’s recently published memoir, titled My Watch. Word on the street says the memoir will cause a “political earthquake” when it hits the market. If the recent legal sanction against publishing the book is anything to go by, [...]

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My Button | by Moiyattu Banya | A Feminist Poem

My button was brown but pink in the inside, I liked looking at it, The way it curled at the top, and tucked in at the bottom to protect itself. Blue buttons, small ones. Beauty my rabbit teddy had really nice large pink buttons on her dress. Bathing for the party with Sissy Memuna, every [...]

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Ben Okri’s Rocket-Sex Scene Wins Him Bad Sex Award!

I’m just so delighted that an African author has finally won the Literary Review Bad Sex in Fiction Award. It’s been a long time coming. After all, Africa is the continent of awful descriptions of sex scenes in novels. The UK-based Nigerian author, Ben Okri, wins the award for the description of a sex scene in [...]

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African Literature in Chains | Are Western Publishers Telling African Novelists What Stories To Write

Adaobi Nwaubani, the Nigerian author of I Do Not Come To You By Chance, recently expressed strong misgivings about the [...]

There Was Once Something Special Here | by Tom Jalio | Winner of BN Poetry Prize

You can tell by the shape of the pieces The trailing blood and the aura of warmth That there was [...]

The Witch and the Machete Test | By Aja Friday| An African Flash Fiction

Spider drove into his compound flushed and flustered. What had passed in the evil forest was enough to take the [...]

“He Envied and Ached For Her” | At The Trail Of The Sand Dunes | by Billie Adwoa McTernan

She heard him shuffling around in the next room. His leather sandals slapped against the marble-tiled floor, his waxy sokoto [...]

Teju Cole on the Disposability of Black Life #ThinkingFerguson

Three months ago, Nigerian author Teju Cole, wrote this New Yorker piece titled “Black Body: Rereading James Baldwin’s ‘Stranger in [...]

Video | Lovely Interview! | Adichie Knows Enough Igbo for Gossiping Not for Intellectual Conversations

Thanks to interviewers asking the same questions over and over again—Beyonce feature, Half of a Yellow Sun movie, race, and [...]