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Broken | by Hanna Ali | African Fiction

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“I, reeking of grief and sex, will be waiting” *** I saw my future husband today in a petrol station seven miles from my house. He is filling up the 2007 Hyundai Sedan that his wife is still embarrassed about. Which makes him hold on to it even more. He doesn’t know it yet, but […]

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Mama Junior | by Uzoamaka Doris Aniunoh | African Fiction

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“‘You see this front seat?’ she asked, pointing at the car. ‘That front seat belongs to my first son Junior. And if Junior is not there, it belongs to Chuka.”   Mama Junior worshipped God in truth and in spirit. She wasn’t always that devoted to the Christian God until she left her husband’s home […]

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Mama Hadiza’s Money | by Dare Dan | African Fiction

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SOONER OR LATER in life—at one’s very last breath perhaps—something welcomes one to the world again; its strangeness; its shock; its cruelty; and its implausibility. I didn’t get this sort of welcome in Lagos; I got it in the faraway North, Kano. I was thirteen. We (my two younger brothers, my mum and I) lived […]

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Mondays Are for Secrets | by Munene | African Fiction

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ON A MONDAY in February, father came home. He had been gone for seven years. He left on a Saturday when I was six years old for a business trip and did not come home till that day. The guise of a business trip had worked for a few years but at some point it […]

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Let Flow The Water | by Wanjala Njalale | African Fiction

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KICKING THE BOYS out of the house felt like turning against my own men on the battlefield. A strong element of betrayal and dishonor projected itself. Seeking redemption, I fled down the road to the bar; a dim one-story building nestled between a drug store and a meat shop. The interior flashed with new paint […]

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World in Ruins | By Vasily Mikhailovich Doestovski | African Poetry

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Today, I saw day, Turn to night. I saw blood, From my sister’s vagina, Streaming down her… Her precious thighs. I saw Father, With a rod in hand, He had struck Mother twice and, Was going for the third. I saw Brother, He lay still—heart stopped Six shiny golden objects pumped into his body. Blood […]

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An Upstanding Citizen | by Elfreda Tetteh | African Fiction

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In the morning, there is an urgent knocking on my door. I wake up with a start, stare into the darkness for a second, and check the time. 5 a.m. Annoyed, I drag my feet and open it to see my father beckoning me outside. “It’s not even 6 o’clock yet—,” I start, scratching my […]

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Love’s Death Call | by Naana Antwi-Larbi | African Fiction

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Her messages usually came at 9:00 a.m., 4:00 p.m. and then after 9:00 p.m. Every day without fail. I wondered what job she did, why she chose those hours. What arrangement they had. Tuesday, August 14th, 4:00 p.m.: Miss your fingers. I can almost still feel them inside me. Can’t wait to see you this […]

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  Here in my part of America, the leaves are falling, the heart stirs and I am restless. There are […]

Binyavanga Wainaina’s Granta Essay is Beautifully Experimental

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Binyavanga Wainaina has a new essay in Granta‘s latest travel issue. The title of the essay is “Everything Was Suddening […]

Art Chasing Life Blatantly | Review of Chibundu Onuzo’s Welcome to Lagos | by Kola Tubosun

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For almost two-thirds of Chibundu Onuzo’s new book, one searches in vain to find the source of the title, Welcome […]

Namwali Serpell on the Beauty and Uses of Being an Outsider

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Some of you may remember Namwali Serpell as the 2015 winner of the Caine Prize for African Writing. She teaches […]

A Shared Sea: Tsitsi Dangarembga and Zora Neale Hurston | By Salimah Valiani

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  Tsitsi Dangarembga’s 1988 novel, Nervous Conditions, the story of Tambudzai, other girl-children, and women of Babamukuru’s family in 1970s […]

Love Stories from Africa | Read the New Anthology Celebrating Love and Romance

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  The annual release of a Valentine stories anthology has become a tradition of sorts, something exciting to look forward […]