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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Purple Hibiscus Turns 15: The Best Moments of a Modern Classic

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“It wasn’t the first novel I wrote,” Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie told the audience at the University of Nairobi, during her lecture in honour of Kwani? Magazine’s 10th anniversary, and then she joked: “I wrote other bad novels which I hope nobody ever sees. But Purple Hibiscus was the first one that I loved.” When she […]

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Quramo Writers’ Prize 2018 Unveils Top 5 Finalists

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Lagos – 10/10/18: Quramo Publishing has unveiled the Top 5 finalists of the Quramo Writers’ Prize 2018, two weeks after announcing the Top 10 finalists. The winner of the 2018 edition of the prize will be announced at the award ceremony scheduled for Sunday, October 21, 2018.  The annual prize is awarded to an unpublished […]

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Enter for the K & L Prize for African Literature

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Submissions have begun for the 2019 K & L Prize for African Literature. The $1,000 prize, which is in its first year, is awarded for the best piece of unpublished short fiction by an African. It considers short stories between 1,000 and 2,000 words about or inspired by a historical event on the continent. The […]

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The 2018 African Literature Association (ALA) Book Awards | Call for Nominations

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Submissions have begun for the 2018 African Literature Association (ALA) Book Awards. The deadline for submissions is 1 November 2018. The African Literature Association (ALA) is the official organization for scholars of African literature—a global community of thinkers, teachers, researchers, and writers interested in the idea and study of African literature in all its diverse forms. […]

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Nominate a Writer for the Fonlon-Nichols Award for African Literature

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Nominate a creative writer for the Fonlon-Nichols Award by 1 November 2018. This award, established in 1992 to honor Bernard Fonlon and Lee Nichols, seeks works that cherish and contribute to both African literature and the freedom of expression. Bernard Fonlon was a writer, teacher, literary editor, and head of African Literature Department at the […]

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Pentecostal Republic | A Powerful New Book Tackles the Role of Pentecostalism in Nigerian Politics

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Nigerian Sociologist Ebenezer Obadare is asking us to take a closer look at the underlying forces of Nigeria’s political life. In a new book titled Pentecostal Republic, the Kansas University professor tackles one of the country’s sore points–the persistent interference of religion in politics. Ever since colonialism, religion has always been a key component in […]

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Interview with Fashion Designer Therez Fleetwood and Artist V. Kottavei Williams, Creators of Nnedi Okorafor’s Emmys Dress

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Behind every successful woman is other successful women helping her to look and feel like the best version of herself. A couple weeks ago, AfricanFuturist extraordinaire Nnedi Okorafor made her red carpet debut at the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards, where she and Executive Producer George R. R. Martin, promoted her upcoming HBO series, Who Fears […]

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Exclusive Photos | Inside Wole Soyinka’s Art-Filled House in Abeokuta Forest

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In August, we reported Kola Tubosun’s essay on Wole Soyinka’s art-filled house in Abeokuta forest. Published on Popula, “A House for Mr Soyinka“—a title alluding to V.S. Naipaul’s novel—has since been shortlisted for the 2018 Brittle Paper Award for Creative Nonfiction. At 84 years of age, Wole Soyinka’s life lives—to use Teju Cole’s phrasing on a […]

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Enter for the Nine Dots Prize and Win $100,000 and a Book Deal

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The Nine Dots Prize, “a prize for creative thinking that tackles contemporary societal issues,” is offering writers an opportunity to […]

The Revealing Reason Why Aminatta Forna Likes Writing Male Characters

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Last year, Somali writer and visual artist Diriye Osman, author of the Polaris Award-winning story collection Fairytales for Lost Children […]

Chimurenga Collective Awarded Vera List Center’s 2018-20 Jane Lombard Prize for Art and Social Justice

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Leading arts & politics collective Chimurenga has been awarded the Vera List Center for Art and Politics’ 2018-20 Jane Lombard […]

Afrofuturism Is Not for Africans Living in Africa, Says Mohale Mashigo in New Speculative Fiction Collection

South African novelist Mohale Mashigo, author of the UJ Prize-winning The Yearning, has some interesting opinions on Afrofuturism and its place. […]

Tsitsi Dangarembga to Curate 2019 Berlin Festival of African Writers

Tsitsi Dangarembga has been tapped to curate the 2019 Berlin Festival of African Writers. The event, themed “Transitioning from Migration,” will be […]

Tade Thompson Explains Why We Should Stop Talking About “The Rise” of African SFF

With the increased visibility of African speculative and fantasy fiction (African SFF, for short), and more and more writers working in […]

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