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Akwaeke Emezi’s Guide to Becoming a Successful Writer in 35 Tweets

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Last week, Akwaeke Emezi put on her life coach cape and dished out truths that every writer, artist, dreamer, and aspiring achiever should read. In a series of 35 tweets, she lays down a guide to success that includes everything from setting goals, cultivating good work ethics, and figuring how to block out the noise […]

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The Ogbanje Slays Again! Akwaeke Emezi Spotted in Jay Z’s 4:44 Music Video

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Few African literary personalities are as intriguing as Akwaeke Emezi, whose work in literature and film has established her as a multi-talented artist. This past weekend Emezi, who is looking forward to the February 2018 release of her debut novel Freshwater,  shared the delightful news about her appearance in Jay Z’s “4:44” video. “The ogbanje glimmers […]

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This Dance Video Wins Akwaeke Emezi Best African Lit Instagram Post

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#TheOgbanjeTurns30! Akwaeke Emezi hit the big Three O about a week ago. The author, whose debut novel Freshwater comes out in a matter of months, celebrated the big day on Instagram in the best way possible. She danced in pure epic intensity to Lethal Bizzle Fester Skank Remix. She looked really happy in the video […]

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Akwaeke Emezi Awarded the 2017 Commonwealth Short Story Prize for Africa Region

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Akwaeke Emezi has been awarded the 2017 Commonwealth Short Story Prize (Africa Region) for her entry, “Who Is Like God?” The other regional winners are: “The Death of Margaret Roe” by Nat Newman (Pacific Region), “Drawing Lessons” by Anushka Jasraj (Asia Region), “The Naming of Moths” by Tracy Fells (Canada and Europe Region), and “The Sweet Sop” by […]

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Here is Why Taiye Selasi Loves Akwaeke Emezi’s Forthcoming Novel Freshwater

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Akwaeke Emezi came on Instagram a few days ago overwhelmed with excitement: “couldn’t be more thrilled…its such a gift to know that people actually see my work.” If you’re wondering, she is referring to Taiye Selasi’s comments about her forthcoming novel Freshwater. Well, she is not the only one thrilled by Selasi’s comments. We also are. […]

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The 2017 Commonwealth Short Story Prize Shortlist Announced

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The shortlist for the 2017 Commonwealth Short Story Prize was announced hours ago, and on the 21-strong list are Diane Awerbuck, Akwaeke Emezi and  Kelechi Njoku. Diane Awerbuck, shortlisted for her “Nagmaal,” won the 2004 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best First Book and the 2014 Short Story Day Africa Prize, and was shortlisted for the […]

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Akwaeke Emezi’s Freshwater Tells the Story of a Nigerian Woman with Multiple Selves

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Akwaeke Emezi’s Fresh Water is one reason some of us can’t wait for 2017 to get here. A few months ago when she shared the news that she’d signed a book deal with Grove Atlantic, all we knew about the book in question was the title. We also knew that Binyavanga Wainaina had read it […]

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Theft or Chance Resemblance? | Akwaeke Emezi Accuses “White Filmmaker” of Stealing Her Work

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The story about how “a white filmmaker” stole Akwaeke Emezi’s work is still unfolding, but here are the details so far, including some of questions the incident is raising about plagiarism. A couple of days ago, Nigerian writer and filmmaker Akwaeke Emezi wrote on Instagram “in which @marionalloreta, a white filmmaker, stole my work.”  The […]

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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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Akwaeke Emezi’s Guide to Becoming a Successful Writer in 35 Tweets

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Last week, Akwaeke Emezi put on her life coach cape and dished out truths that every writer, artist, dreamer, and […]

On Culture and Unbecoming Invisible | Interview with Yalie Kamara, 2017 Brunel Prize Finalist

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Weeks ago, we announced that Africa in Dialogue published an e-book of interviews with the ten poets shortlisted for the 2017 Brunel Poetry […]

Sillerman Prize Winners, Ladan Osman and Mahtem Shiferraw, Announced as 2018 Neustadt Prize Judges

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The 2018 Neustadt Prize judges have been announced, and among them, in a very happy coincidence, are the 2014 and […]

Hugging You Will Always Be an Awkward Thing | D. E. Benson | Poetry

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“hugging you will always be an awkward thing no, i have never feared receiving sacrament from the lips of other […]

2017 University of Johannesburg Prizes: Nthikeng Mohlele and Mohale Mashingo Announced Winners

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The 2017 University of Johannesburg Prizes have been awarded to Nthikeng Mohlele and Mohale Mashigo. Mohlele, who made the Africa39 […]

When Writers Talk Music: Vol. 1 | Teju Cole on Fela and WizKid, Imbolo Mbue on Soukous and Makossa

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Enough of books, let’s talk music. Or let’s read writers talking music. So what happens when writers talk music? Here […]