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Interview | Alain Mabanckou Talks Tutuola, Exile, and His Love of Fashion

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  When writer, Alain Mabanckou, mentioned that he had been exiled from his home country of Congo Brazzaville during a panel discussion at the recently concluded Ake Festival, I knew we needed to have a conversation about this. Spotting a print shirt, blue jeans, and brown fedora, it would have been hard to guess this […]

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Is the Ake Festival a Bubble? | Okechukwu Ofili Calls for a Reality Check

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The Ake Arts and Book Festival is an amazing event. It assembles some of the best minds in literature and art in one of Nigeria’s oldest cities. Fans and readers get to meet and greet with high profile authors like Teju Cole, Taiye Selasi, Laila Lalami, and so on. Spirited conversations take place during panel […]

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What Four Things Would Wole Soyinka Need to Survive in the Desert?

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To kick off our month-long publicity efforts for the 2016 Ake Arts and Books Festival, we are delighted to share this interview that appeared on Issue 12 of the Ake Review—the official journal of the Ake Arts and Books Festival. Soyinka is asked 10 questions ranging from what he would like to have if he found himself […]

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19 Women Accuse Nigerian Poet of Sexual Molestation, Says Investigative Report

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In January, Nigerian poet Chijioke Amu-Nnadi was involved in a sexual molestation scandal. [read here if you missed it]. Three female members of the Nigerian literary community openly accused the poet on Facebook of making aggressive and unwanted sexual advances. An independent investigative committee headed by Juliet Kego Ume-Onyido of Whole WoMan Network (WWN)— an […]

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My Ake Festival Video on the African Literary Scene is Out!

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November last year, I was in Abeokuta attending the Ake Art and Books Festival. Last year’s festival was themed “Engaging the Fringe,” and I was invited in my capacity as a literary blogger to contribute to conversations around new trends in African literature. It was an amazing experience, to say the least. I listened to enriching talks […]

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“Esu is Not Satan” | Interview with Orisa Priestess Ifawemimo Omitonade | by Kola Tubosun

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Omítọ̀nàdé Ifáwẹ̀mímọ́ is an Orisa priestess who is also a graduate of Economics from the Obafemi Awolowo University. She was a guest at the last Aké Arts and Books Festival where she participated in a panel about the plurality of the African religious space. I caught up with her with a few questions of my […]

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Award Winning Nigerian Poet Chijioke Amu-nnadi in Sexual Molestation Scandal | by Jite Efemuaye

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Award winning Nigerian poet Chijioke Amu-nnadi is currently embroiled in sexual molestation scandal which broke on Facebook a few days ago. The first inklings that something was afoot came when a number of young writers on Facebook put up cryptic posts about a ‘god of poetry’ who had been molesting young female writers. No names […]

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

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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 […]

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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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Tomi Adeyemi’s Million Dollar Book and Movie Deal | All the Scoop + Publication Date

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Harvard graduate Tomi Adeyemi reportedly scored a million-dollar book + movie deal for her young adult trilogy. Her website confirms […]

The 2017 Babishai Haiku Award Shortlist

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Seventeen poets have been named on the 2017 Babishai Haiku Award shortlist. The award is an initiative of the Babishai-Niwe Poetry […]

The 2017 NLNG Prize for Literature Longlist

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The Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG) Prize has announced its 2017 longlist of eleven poets, and it includes such well […]

Nnedi Okorafor, Bibi Bakare-Yusuf Among TED Global 2017 Speakers

Nnedi Okorafor and Cassava Republic co-founder Bibi Bakare-Yusuf are among the speakers for the TED Global 2017 in Arusha, Tanzania. […]

Homecoming | By Dami Lare | A Mosaic of Torn Places

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In May, we published A Mosaic of Torn Places, an anthology of stories by young Nigerian writers. Dami Lare’s “Homecoming” […]

Opportunity for African Writers | Enter for the 2018 Costa Short Story Award

The 2018 Costa Short Story Award is open for submissions. Founded in 2012 and funded by Costa Coffee, the £3,500 award […]