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Chimamanda Adichie’s New Instagram Account is a Must-Follow

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It looks like the Nigerian fashion and literary communities finally have something to celebrate in common. Chimamanda Adichie is now on Instagram. Yes, you heard right. One of Africa’s foremost novelists is now Instagram official! And her account is 100 percent about fashion and style. Adichie made the announcement on May 8 in a Facebook post. […]

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Opportunity for African Writers | Submit to Anthology of African Queer Erotica

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HOLAA is an art and literary project that celebrates queer African women and communities. They’re asking writers everywhere to contribute to an anthology of erotic writing. The anthology is titled Dark Juices & Afrodisiacs – An Erotic Anthology.  Read the official call for submission for more details on how to submit your work: Dark Juices […]

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Chimamanda Adichie’s Best Looks from the Dear Ijeawele Book Tour

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Over the last two months, Chimamanda Adichie has been on the road publicizing her new book Dear Ijeawele. She’s spoken at Johns Hopkins University, the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, the Women in the World Summit, George Town University and a host of international venues. Earlier this week she appeared on CNN as a […]

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#BlackGirlMagic: Sisonke Msimang’s Essay on Adichie Is a Brilliant Dissection of How Black Female Celebs Are Praised and Criticized

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In the last five years, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has come to occupy a unique place in the pop culture conversation: the black African female feminist celebrity-writer whose words have either inspired or been cited by Beyonce, Oprah Winfrey and Michelle Obama, the fashion powerhouse Christian Dior, and the make-up company Boots No 7. Because of […]

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Adichie’s Fans are Warming Our Hearts with these Dear Ijeawele Tributes

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In the spirit of the International Women’s Day Celebration, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie asked her fans, through her Facebook page, to post pictures of themselves holding placards containing captions from her new book, “Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestion.” The response was mind-blowing. The diversity of the people who responded testifies to the unifying […]

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Chimamanda Adichie Finally Addresses the Beyonce Feminism Controversy

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It all started when the Dutch newspaper de Volkskrant published the excerpt of an interview in which Adichie was quoted as saying: “Beyonce’s feminism is not my feminism.” Bait for Beyonce fans, bait for anti-feminists. The statement was widely read as Adichie throwing some serious shade on Beyonce. African social media communities erupted in a heated debate […]

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Letter To Every Girl | By Blessing Iyamadiken

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“To girls who say they do not care about feminism, I have only a few words for you. One day, you will be asked to shut up in an argument because you are a woman.”   I write this letter from a place of pain, pain so deep I can taste it. Why am I […]

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Christiana Mbakwe’s 34 Notes on Feminism

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We have Ikhide Ikheloa to thank for introducing us to Christiana Mbakwe, who he very aptly referred to as “Achebe’s Obierika in pumps.” A few weeks ago, she shared a series of tweets, in which she raised tough questions about feminism through the lens of a personal history that begins with her grand-mother. These 34 tweets amount […]

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A Narrative of Home and Longing | Review of Inua Ellams #Afterhours | By Billie McTernan

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In his new anthology-cum-diary-cum-memoir, #Afterhours, Nigerian poet Inua Ellams features a collection of poems written in-response to a well-considered selection […]

The New Things Fall Apart Cover is the Best Thing You’ll See Today

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Things Fall Apart will be 60 next year. And Penguin USA is pulling all the stops to put together a […]

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?” […]

#LetRomeoBreathe: How Young Nigerian Writers Pushed Back against Violent Homophobia

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It began hours after the Brunel Prize was awarded to Romeo Oriogun on 2 May. Amidst the explosion of cheers, […]

Opportunity for Nigerian Writers | Enter for the Okike Prize for Literature

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Another prize awarding literary excellence has surfaced. The Okike Prize for Literature is a new initiative promoting writing by Nigerian […]

An Evening of African Literature | Photos From Abubakar Ibrahim and Sarah L. Manyika’s Washington, DC Reading

It is always a delightful treat to hear African writers in conversation with each other. A few weeks ago, I […]