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The 2017 Ake Arts and Book Festival Is Almost Here

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The 2017 Ake Arts and Book Festival is here. Founded in 2013 by Lola Shoneyin, Orange Prize-longlisted author of The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives and director of Book Buzz Foundation, the Ake Arts and Book Festival is, quite simply, the biggest annual gathering of African literary writers, founders, editors, critics, readers, everybody on […]

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Rotimi Babatunde’s Second Stage Adaptation of Lola Shoneyin’s The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives is Coming Soon

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Caine Prize-winner Rotimi Babatunde’s long-awaited UK stage adaptation of Lola Shoneyin’s novel The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives is coming soon. The Facebook page, The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives 2015 – A UK Workshop Production, recently made the announcement. Published in 2010, the novel is an eye-opening story of intrigues, rivalries, and the […]

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From Anaconda to Toni Morrison | Lola Shoneyin Goes on a Hunt for the Perfect Wig

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Two days ago, Lola Soneyin, poet and author of The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives, surprised her fans with an announcement on Twitter. She said that having had her classic dreadlocks for nearly two decades, she was ready to switch up her look. She went on to share some drastically different wig options and asked her fans […]

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Celebrating the 2015 Ake Festival with Victor Ehikhamenor’s Stunning Portraits

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Abeokuta is this picturesque and quiet city north of Lagos built around the legendary Olumo Rock. Every November, since 2013, it springs to life to host the Ake Art and Book Festival, thanks to the hard work and commitment of Lola Shoneyin and her team of dedicated staff members and volunteers. Novelists, filmmakers, critics, artists, and […]

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Here is How to Support the #WeStandWithBinyavanga Fundraising

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I’m not privy to all the details about Binyavanga Wainaina’s illness. So I’ve cut and pasted Lola Shoneyin’s Facebook post about it. There is a fundraising event taking place this weekend. The objective is to generate at least 10,000 dollars to help with medical expenses. Those who can should please attend and support the efforts. […]

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I Read to be Consoled | 13 Best Quotes from Adichie’s Pen Festival Lecture + Gorgeous Photos

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Chimamanda Adichie’s lecture at the Pen World Voices Festival came and went, leaving a trail of thoughtful quotes and lovely photos. I hope you find inspiration in these quotes and enjoy all the fun photos that comes right after. ****************** 1. “It’s important to me that African stories be told by African people.” 2. “To choose to […]

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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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Exclusive: See All The Gorgeous Photos! | 2014 Ake Arts and Book Festival | Presented by Nnamdi Anyadu

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If you are a lover of books and the arts, I guess it wouldn’t be news to you that Christmas came early this year for the universe of African Literature. The 2015 edition of Ake Arts and Book Festival was held from the 18th to 22nd of November at Abeokuta, a south-western city in Nigeria. […]

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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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The Reviews Are In! | Namwali Serpell Has High Praise for Jennifer Makumbi’s Kintu

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Jennifer Makumbi’s Kintu is one of the hit novels of 2017. A historical drama, it tells the story of an 18th […]