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In Love and Ashes | Writer-Filmmaker Umar Turaki’s Drama Series Stars Patience Ozokwor, with Soundtrack by 2Baba

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Nigerian writer and filmmaker Umar Turaki’s new drama series, In Love and Ashes, has premiered. The series stars Nollywood icon Patience Ozokwor, as well as Charles Etubiebi, Nafisat Abdullahi, Sani Danja, Tijjani Usman Faraga, Anita Pam and Meg Otanwa. And it comes with a soundtrack by superstar singer Tu Baba. In Love and Ashes is […]

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Poetry x Fashion | Attend a Class with Brunel Prize Winner Theresa Lola in London

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Brunel Prize 2018 joint winner Theresa Lola will be teaching a class on poetry and fashion. The class will “explore how the textures of fashion and poetry intertwine, before using clothing as stimulus to generate new poems.” In this workshop we’ll be using fashion/clothing as a stimulus to generate new poems. There are many similarities […]

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Tomi Adeyemi Narrates Frightening Encounter with Racist White Policemen

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Tomi Adeyemi, author of the million-dollar Children of Blood and Bone trilogy, shared to her 43,000 Twitter followers an encounter she had with four racist white policemen in her home. The novelist, whose debut book hit No 1 on The New York Times Young Adult Bestseller List in March, said she hoped it would be […]

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BookShyBooks Lists 12 Female Zimbabwean Writers You Should Know and Read

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BookShyBooks blog, run by Zahrah Nesbitt-Ahmed, has compiled a list of 12 female Zimbabwean writers and their works. The list contains such known titles as Tsitsi Dangaremgba’s novels Nervous Conditions, The Book of Not and the forthcoming This Mournable Body; Yvonne Vera’s Why Don’t You Carve Other Animals?, Nehanda, Without a Name, Under The Tongue, Butterfly Burning and The Stone Virgins; Petina Gappah’s story collections An […]

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For Summer Reading, Barack Obama Lists Some of His Favourite Books by African Writers

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Former US president Barack Obama has listed some of his favourite literature books by Africans ahead of his visit to his father’s country, Kenya. He posted it on Facebook to his 55 million followers, describing it as a summer reading recommendation. Obama, who is known to frequently recommend books, is the author of the memoirs Dreams […]

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Watch Trailer | The Poets is a Documentary Film Celebrating Niyi Osundare and Syl Cheney-Coker’s Friendship

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The Poets, a new documentary film, celebrates the friendship between the Nigerian poet Niyi Osundare and the Sierra Leonean poet Syl Cheney-Coker. It is directed by New York-based filmmaker Chivas DeVinck and distributed by Icarus Films. Here is a synopsis on YouTube. The Poets is a documentary that follows two acclaimed West African poets, and […]

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How Contemporary African Novelists Have Embraced Historical Fiction

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Most of the best-known Africa-set African novels of the last five years are works of historical fiction: from Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor’s Dust (2013), from Kenya, and Jennifer Makumbi’s Kintu (2014), from Uganda, to Chinelo Okparanta’s Under the Udala Trees (2015), from Nigeria, Yaa Gyasi’s Homegoing (2016), from Ghana, Peter Kimani’s Dance of the Jakaranda (2016), […]

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Taiye Selasi Has Interesting Things to Say About The God of Small Things and The Color Purple

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Writing in The Guardian‘s “Books That Made Me” series, Taiye Selasi had some books listed. She was reading Chiara Barzini’s Things that Happened Before the Earthquake. She wished she had written Garth Greenwell’s What Belongs to You. She was influenced by Milan Kundera’s The Unbearable Lightness of Being. Her decision to leave the US to live in Italy was influenced […]

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Dear Queer Nigerian Writers | Hugo kaCanham

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Dear Queer Nigerian Writers, I love you. I have come to know you by way of the Gerald Kraak Anthologies. […]

Excerpt | Clemantine Wamariya’s Rwandan Genocide Survival Memoir, The Girl Who Smiled Beads

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The Girl Who Smiled Beads: A Story of War and What Comes After is a devastating, beautiful memoir of Clemantine Wamariya’s […]

Chimamanda on Her Next Novel, How Motherhood Feeds Art, and Why She Didn’t Think She Would Be a Good Mother

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There’s been a long conversation on writers being mothers—whether it makes them less efficient writers, the extent to which it […]

Ikhide R. Ikheloa: The Caine Prize Has Degenerated into Mediocrity Again, Struggles to Be Relevant

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In a Twitter chat on SynCity’s “Literary Lords and Ladies” series, Ikhide R. Ikheloa said that the Caine Prize “has degenerated […]

35 Poets Longlisted for the 2018 Babishai-Niwe Poetry Award

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The 2018 Babishai-Niwe Poetry Award has announced a longlist of 35 names, 26 of whom are Nigerian. Founded in 2009 […]

In House of Stone, Novuyo Rosa Tshuma Explores Family History, Colonial Rhodesia, and the Birth of Modern Zimbabwe

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Zimbabwean writer Novuyo Rosa Tshuma has a novel out. In House of Stone, she explores family history, colonial Rhodesia, and the birth […]

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