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PHOTOS | The Asmara Addis Literary Festival in Exile: a Pan-African Event for Feminism, Free Love, and Radical Ideas

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The inaugural Asmara Addis Literary Festival in Exile was held from 8–10 February 2019, in Brussels, Belgium. Founded by Eritrean-Ethiopian novelist Sulaiman Addonia, author of The Consequences of Love (2009) and Silence Is My Mother Tongue (2018), the Festival is “a new pan-African literary event with feminist principles at its heart.” It was organized in collaboration with BOZAR, in […]

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Fever | Sarah Lubala | Poetry

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  In a Bali hotel room I shed electricity some quirk of the medication tends and stokes kindles against me The tongue also is a fire through the year’s slow teeth all the days of my life speak against me See fire eat fire see it set the whole course of a life on fire […]

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The University of Dar es Salaam to Host Ceremony for the 2018 Mabati-Cornell Kiswahili Prize for African Literature 

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The 2018 winners of the Mabati-Cornell Kiswahili Prize for African Literature winners will be honoured at the University of Dar es Salaam on February 15, at a ceremony organized by ALAF Ltd. The prize winners are the Tanzanian Zainab Alwi Baharoon, for her novel Mungu Hakopeshwi, and the Kenyan Jacob Ngumbau Julius, for his poetry collection Moto wa Kifuu. Both writers […]

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Death’s Swoop | Andile Ndlovu | Fiction

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  On the morning of our mother’s funeral, three women showed up unannounced and unavoidably. Three women I had seen before. Three women my mother would not have seen before. But they would have seen her. My mom was just that kind of woman. Like a big and bright red apple in a pile of […]

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A Dead Deer from the Past | Romeo Oriogun | Memoir

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WHEN HE PASSED BY ME FOR the first time, I was on my second glass of Venus Portion, a cocktail made out of ginger beer, vodka, cherries, and something else. I swear I wasn’t drunk, I swear he looked at me or maybe inside my head I made him look at me with his brown eyes. […]

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Trifonia Melibea Obono’s La Bastarda, the First English-Language Novel by a Woman from Equatorial Guinea, Honoured by Global Literature in Libraries Initiative Prize

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Trifonia Melibea Obono’s La Bastarda, the first English-language novel by a woman from Equatorial Guinea, has been named an honour title for the inaugural Global Literature in Libraries Initiative (GLLI) Translated Young Adult Book Prize. Written in Spanish and translated by Lawrence Schimel, La Bastarda was released in the US by Feminist Books on 17 April […]

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A God & a Poem About Wine | Michael Akuchie | Poetry

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  You are perched on your couch, wine glass in hand, red liquid floating.   You question the world for always being a brick wall, a cluster of uncontrolled voices declaring war on your name. It is about walking into a noisy room & not finding your voice. Because they say you wear the plague […]

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Photos from the 2nd Edition of Griots and Bards: Spoken Word, Poetry, Visual Arts, Music, and Social Conversations

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The second edition of Griots and Bards (GAB), a monthly village square of spoken word poetry, visual arts, music, and social conversations, was held on 20 December 2018, at The Thought Pyramid Art Centre, Ikoyi, Lagos. The event was curated by spoken word poet, writer and consultant Adebola Afolabi (REZthaPoet) and on-air personality and entrepreneur Temilolu Ogunmokun (ChocolateOnAir). […]

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Will You Tell Us That You’re OK? | Khadijat Haliru | Fiction

  On Wednesday, the cramps come out on top and accomplish what they haven’t in years. They sap Annie of […]

Songbird | Acan Innocent Immaculate | Fiction

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Acan Innocent Immaculate’s “Songbird” is taken from Go the Way Your Blood Beats, an anthology edited by Anathi Jongilanga and forthcoming on […]

Submit to Rising Literary Blog Syncity NG’s One-Year Anniversary Prose Anthology and Competition, to Be Judged by Mukoma wa Ngugi and Leye Adenle

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Rising literary blog Syncity NG will be celebrating its one-year anniversary with a prose competition and anthology. The competition, which comes […]

Elnathan John’s Be(com)ing Nigerian: A Guide Is the Satirical Commentary You Want to Read Ahead of Nigeria’s February Elections

Nigerian novelist Elnathan John’s forthcoming book is the satirical commentary you want to read ahead of Nigeria’s February 16 elections. […]

The Uprooting of Us | Keith Mundangepfupfu | Nonfiction

Dear IsheAnesu, You recently turned two, June 5th, and I was not there for your birthday. At first, it did […]

Enkare Review Faces Backlash Over Graphic Short Story Comparing Paedophilia to Queerness

Twenty-six hours ago, Enkare Review magazine released its first issue of 2019, styled the Inclusivity Issue. Within minutes, backlash brewed on […]

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