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Event | The Sixth Praxis Hangout, Focusing on Mental Health, Is Coming to Kano

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Praxis Hangout, a literary event hosted by the Nigeria-based Praxis Magazine Online, is coming to Kano. Organised in collaboration with Box Office Studios and Poetry for Change, this sixth edition will be held on 20 July. The previous editions took place in Abuja, Kaduna, and Durban. From the press release: Praxis Hangout is an event […]

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Wo̩lé S̩óyinká Turns 85, Birthday Wishes Pour In

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Professor Wo̩lé S̩óyinká turned 85 years old two days ago. Tributes and wishes have been pouring in from around the globe. Born Akinwándé Oluwo̩lé Babátúndé S̩óyinká, on 13 July 1934, the playwright, poet and activist has been revered for decades for his writing, his political engagement, especially his criticism of successive Nigerian governments, and his […]

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Stimmen Afrikas Festival in Germany Set for 10th Anniversary in November, with Bibi Bakare-Yusuf as 2019 Curator

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The Stimmen Afrikas Festival in Germany—Voices of Africa in English—will be turning ten in November 2019. The festival, which aims to create a market for African literature in the country, will this year be curated by Bibi Bakare-Yusuf, co-founder and publishing director of Cassava Republic Press. The event, themed “Crossing Borders: Translate – Transpose – […]

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Safia Elhillo’s Debut YA Novel Acquired by Make Me a World

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The prize-winning Sudanese poet Safia Elhillo has had the North America rights to her debut Young Adult novel acquired by Make Me a World, an imprint of Penguin Random House. The book, Nima on the Other Side, is a novel in verse. It “melds the real with the surreal, as teenage Nima struggles to fit […]

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Taiye Selasi Announces New TV Production Company That Will Be the Golden Age of Television Meets the African Silver Screen

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In yet another move into multimedia by a superstar African writer, Taiye Selasi has announced a TV production company that will be “the golden age of television meets the African silver screen.” Cocoa Content, the name she has shared, will create scripted content for TV. The announcement comes three months after Nnedi Okorafor revealed plans […]

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Apply to BlackBird Books’ 4-Week Residency for Black Womxn Writers

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The South Africa-based publishing press Blackbird Books, in collaboration with Casa Lorde and Eunice Ngogodo Own Voices Initiative, is calling for applications to a four-week residency at Casa Lorde, Pretoria, for Black African womxn writers between ages 18 and 40. Residents will be paid R5,000. An imprint of Jacana Media, Blackbird Books has published, among […]

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Richard Akuson, Founder of A Nasty Boy, Reflects on Homophobia, Being Censored by Family, & a Personal Irony of Queer Pride

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In 2017, the Nigerian lawyer Richard Akuson founded A Nasty Boy, a magazine that used provocative photography and fashion to push the boundaries of the portrayal of masculinity. The project’s unflinching colourfulness marked a new chapter in the visibility of queer Nigerians. And then late last year, Akuson was attacked by four men in his […]

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Helen Moffett, Editing Mentor at Short Story Day Africa, on the Necessity of Trust between Editors and Writers

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Most of the people who work behind the scenes to hold up literary institutions mostly go unacknowledged in public, their work taken for granted while the writer picks up accolades. High on this list—and it is a very long list that includes publicity assistants, journalists, bloggers, booksellers, and in cases every other professional who is […]

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British Airways under Pressure Over Mishandling of Nigerian Poet Dami Ajayi’s Stolen Laptop, Four Days After It Was Reported

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On 9 July, on a British Airways flight from London to Lagos, the Nigerian poet Dami Ajayi‘s laptop was stolen. […]

StoryBundle is Offering Ten Sci-fi Books for One Small Price

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StoryBundle is an online platform giving readers the choice to pay what they want for books. They work with authors […]

Pioneering Publisher & Editor Margaret Busby Receives the Inaugural Africa Writes Lifetime Achievement Award

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The Ghanaian-born editor Margaret Busby, Britain’s first Black female book publisher and at the time its youngest, has been honoured […]

Writers on Social Media: Vol. 2 | Feat. Bibi Bakare-Yusuf, Ellah Allfrey, E.C. Osondu, Nnedi Okorafor, Chika Unigwe, Maaza Mengiste, Farafina Magazine, & More

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What did your favourite literary person do on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook recently? Like in our first volume in the […]

Lesley Nneka Arimah Wins the 2019 Caine Prize, on Her Third Shortlisting

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Lesley Nneka Arimah has won the 2019 Caine Prize, the prize’s twentieth edition, for her short story “Skinned,” published in […]

Read an Exclusive Excerpt from Jumoke Verissimo’s A Small Silence

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We are happy to share an exclusive excerpt from Jumoke Verissimo’s A Small Silence, which comes out on July 30.  […]

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