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Photos | Pages & Palette Hosts Reading of Frankie Edozien’s Lives of Great Men in Abuja

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Last December, Abuja bookstore Pages & Palette hosted a reading of Chike Frankie Edozien’s memoir Lives of Great Men. Published in the US by Team Angelica, in South Africa by Jacana Media, and in Nigeria by Ouida Books, Lives of Great Men is the first memoir by a Nigerian about LGBTQ+ life. It received the […]

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Mauritanian Blogger Mohamed Mkhaïtir Has Now Been in Jail for 5 Years

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In December 2013, Mauritanian blogger Mohamed Mkhaïtir wrote a blogpost criticizing his country’s government for using religion to discriminate against minorities. On 5 January 2014, he was arrested and, with no lawyer, charged with “apostasy and insulting the prophet,” and sentenced to death—a decision that was subsequently reversed. He has now been in jail for five […]

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Read Chapter One of Chigozie Obioma’s An Orchestra of Minorities

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Chigozie Obioma’s second novel An Orchestra of Minorities was published this January. As part of The Summer Library’s “selected extracts from the best new books this summer,” The Monthly has provided a part of the first chapter of the novel. The chosen section is titled “The Woman on the Bridge.” _________________________________________________________________________ The Woman on the Bridge […]

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Laila Lalami’s Fourth Novel, The Other Americans, Is a Family Saga, a Murder Mystery, and a Love Story

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Laila Lalami’s new novel is forthcoming on 26 March 2019 from Pantheon, an imprint of Penguin Random House. The 320-page The Other Americans traces the death of a Moroccan immigrant in the US whose demise brings together a range of characters “deeply divide by race, religion, and class.” Here is a description from its publishers. […]

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Thursday’s Children: 11 Contributors to Forthcoming Anthology Discuss Experimentation and the Nature of Creative Nonfiction

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Thursday’s Children is a forthcoming anthology of personal essays. Co-edited by Adams Adeosun and Bello Damilare, it comes with an introduction by Kola Tubosun, and features thirteen writers, including its editors: Frances Ogamba, Timi Agboola Israel, Andanje Wobanda, Fareeda Abdulkareem, Atanda Obatolu, IfeOluwa Nihinlola, Munachim Amah, Kanyinsola Olorunnisola, Moyosore Orimoloye, Afope Ojo, and Ope Adedeji. Originally intended […]

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Clickbait | Saddiq Dzukogi | Poetry

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Inspired by the Western media coverage of the Dusit Hotel terror attack in Nairobi.   At the Dusit restaurant in Nairobi men slumped over tables, crowded   with laptops and smashed plates, dead from gunshot wounds.   This is now where your hands pick what eyes consume. Our dead   displayed like a commodity. A […]

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Algerian Poet Azraj Omar Decries Arab Lack of Knowledge About Black African Literature

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Algerian poet Azraj Omar has, in a piece titled “Arab World’s Unjustified Neglect of African Literature,” decried what he describes as the lack of “openness on African culture in the Maghreb.” Writing in The Arab Weekly, he calls out the lack of knowledge, writing that “Not even Arab scholars and so-called critics know much about the […]

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Zoe Wicomb Talks Intersectionality, Reading Other Writers, and That Time When Heinemann Put Her Photo in Bessie Head’s 1971 Novel, Maru

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In a new interview in The Johannesburg Review of Books, South African novelist Zoe Wicomb revealed an error by Heinemann in their 1971 publication of Bessie Head’s novel Maru. The interview, excerpted from Wicomb’s new book Race, Nation, Translation: South African Essays, 1990-2013, is conducted by the collection’s editor Andrew van der Vlies and centres on intersectionality […]

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GoFundMe | Please Donate to Help Logan February Go on Book Tour in the US

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Logan February, a young Nigerian poet who has published three books of poetry, is seeking donations for a scheduled book […]

Translator Publishes List of 146 Books by 66 African Authors Selling in Chinese

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A translator of Chinese into English, Bruce Humes, has published a list of 146 books by 66 African authors selling […]

Kenyans Criticize The New York Times’ Publication of Victims’ Photos from Dusit Hotel Terrorist Attack, Call for Editor’s Removal as Twitter Suspends Paper’s Handle

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Kenyans are rightly criticizing The New York Times‘ publication of victims’ photos from the January 15 Al Shabaab terrorist attack on […]

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Opens Official Twitter Account to Forestall Impersonators Collecting Speaking Fees on Her Behalf

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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, who began personally using her Facebook page in 2016 and who joined Instagram in 2017, is now […]

At 81, Ngugi wa Thiong’o Announces 34th Book, a Gikuyu Philosophical Epic Novel, 13 Years After His Last

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Thirteen years after his last novel Wizard of the Crow, Ngugi wa Thiong’o, who turned 81 on 5 January, has […]

Kabaka Magazine, Co-founded by Romeo Oriogun and Chibuihe Achimba, Is Set to Amplify Queer Voices in African Literature | Read Issue #1

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In late 2016, the Nigerian poets Romeo Oriogun and Chibuihe Achimba began discussing the possibility of creating a platform for queer […]

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