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Zukiswa Wanner Co-founds New Intercontinental Project La Shamba

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South Africa’s Zukiswa Wanner has co-founded a new intercontinental literary project, La Shamba. The collaboration with the Mexican writer Luis Philip Lomeli is an effort to build a platform for writing from Africa and Latin America. La Shamba is a not-for-profit collective blog aimed to rejoin writers and readers from both sides of the Atlantic […]

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Africa in Dialogue Publishes e-Book of 2017 Brunel Prize Interviews

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Gaamangwe Mogami, editor of Africa in Dialogue, has curated interviews with the ten poets shortlisted for the 2017 Brunel International African Poetry Prize. The interviews with Sahro Ali (Somalia), Leila Chatti (Tunisia), Kayo Chingonyi (Zambia), Saddiq Dzukogi (Nigeria), Yalie Kamara (Sierra Leone), Kechi Nomu (Nigeria), Richard Oduor Oduku (Kenya), eventual winner Romeo Oriogun (Nigeria), Rasaq Malik (Nigeria), and Nick Makoha (Uganda) are collected in an e-book […]

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Baileys Prize 2017: Ayobami Adebayo Is Bookmakers’ Second Favourite To Win

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The winner of the 2017 Baileys Prize will be announced tomorrow, 7 June, and Nigeria’s Ayobami Adebayo, who is shortlisted for her debut novel Stay with Me, is the bookmakers’ second favourite to win. At 29, Ayobami is the youngest author on the shortlist, and if she wins, she will become the second African to do […]

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Who Is Your Favourite African Female Literary Character? | Submit a Video to Africa Writes Festival

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Who is your favourite African female literary character? Is it Darling in NoViolet Bulawayo’s We Need New Names? Or Effia or Esi in Yaa Gyasi’s Homegoing? Or Neni in Imbolo Mbue’s Behold the Dreamers? Olanna or Kainene in Chimamanda Adichie’s Half of a Yellow Sun? Ajany or Akai in Yvonne Owuor’s Dust? Memory in Petina Gappah’s The Book of Memory? Soraya in […]

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“Similar Quotidian Energies” | Caine Prize Judge Nii Ayikwei Parkes Comments on the 2017 Shortlist

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The 2017 Caine Prize shortlist, which was announced two weeks ago, is arguably, as Petina Gappah suggested, the prize’s most thematically-diverse shortlist in years. Each of the five stories—Lesley Arimah’s “Who Will Greet You at Home?”; Arinze Ifeakandu’s ‘God’s Children Are Little Broken Things”; Bushra Al-Fadil’s “The Story of the Girl Whose Birds Flew Away”; […]

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Read Prof. Kwame Anthony Appiah’s Foreword to the New Edition of Achebe’s Trilogy

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So much has been said about how Chinua Achebe’s first three novels—Things Fall Apart (1958), No Longer at Ease (1960) and Arrow of God (1964)—constitute a trilogy charting the response of three generations of the Igbo society to colonialism. Okonkwo’s story in the first novel is set in the 1890s, at the beginning of colonial […]

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Read Namwali Serpell’s Introduction to the New Edition of Ngugi’s Devil on the Cross

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Thirty-seven years after it was first published, Ngugi’s Devil on the Cross has a new edition from Penguin Classics, with an introduction by the 2015 Caine Prize winner Namwali Serpell. Part of this introduction, titled “Kenya in Another Tongue,” is published in The New York Review of Books and traces both Ngugi’s political awareness and […]

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Aaron Bady Explains How Jalada Is a “Revolution Uniting African Literature”

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Founded in 2013, the pan-African collective Jalada is unarguably at the forefront of the reinvention of African literature. In this period of time, the group has published five important anthologies and one mini-anthology. Their first anthology is JA00: Sketch of a Bald Woman in the Semi-nude and Other Stories. Their second anthology was groundbreaking: JA01: […]

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I hold a doctorate in English from Duke University and recently joined the Marquette University English faculty as an Assistant Professor. I love teaching African fiction and contemporary British novels. Brittle Paper is the virtual space/station where I play and experiment with ideas on how to reinvent African fiction and literary culture.

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EVENT: Afridiaspora Magazine to Host Zukiswa Wanner in New York

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A few days after the African Literature Association (ALA) Festival at Yale University, another event is upon us. Afridiaspora magazine […]

Fiston Mwanza Mujila’s Tram 83 Wins the 2017 Internationaler Literaturpreis Award in Germany

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Congo’s Fiston Mwanza Mujila has won the 2017 Internationaler Literaturpreis Award for the German translation of his first novel Tram 83. […]

With His 20th Book, Jose Eduardo Agualusa Is the First African to Win the International Dublin Literary Award

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Angola’s Jose Eduardo Agualusa has won the 2017 International Dublin Literary Award for his novel A General Theory of Oblivion, […]

#TBT | An Ode to Makeup | The Full Transcript of Chimamanda Adichie’s Wellesley Speech

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Our #TBT feature this week is Chimamanda Adichie’s Wellesley speech. Two years ago, Adichie gave the commencement speech at Wellesley […]

The Impossibly Dapper Novelist: A Look at Alain Mabanckou’s Style File

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From Chimamanda Adichie’s widely-publicized made-in-Nigeria wardrobe to Teju Cole’s Ikire Jones scarves to Prof Ato Quayson’s fedora hats, fashion and […]

Keeping Up With African Writers: Aminatta Forna

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  Among writers of her generation, Aminatta Forna belongs in the higher ranks of critical acclaim. With her work translated […]