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The Heart of It: Working Through Xenophobia in South Africa | Ruksana Elk

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READ: 15 Pieces to Guide Your Understanding of Xenophobia in (South) Africa Talking xenophobia with South Africans of all classes evokes much emotion. In order to begin undoing xenophobia, I submit that crossing into “the emotional” is the most radical act in to engage, collectively and individually. I write as a so-called high-skilled, documented, temporary […]

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The Brittle Paper Interview with the Caine Prize 2019 Winner: Lesley Nneka Arimah

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In July, Lesley Nneka Arimah received the 2019 Caine Prize, the award’s twentieth edition, for her short story “Skinned,” published in McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern‘s Issue 53. The Nigerian writer, whose debut book, the story collection What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky (2017), won the Kirkus Prize and the New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction […]

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Hollywood or Nollywood? As Americanah TV Series Goes to HBO, Actress Stella Damasus Suggests Industry Slight & Chika Unigwe Responds

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The Americanah TV series adaptation, starring Lupita Nyong’o and written by Danai Gurira, has been ordered by HBO Max. The 10-episode show will also have Gurira as showrunner. Based on Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s third novel, which won the National Book Critics’ Circle Award for Fiction in 2014 and has been suggested to be her “signature […]

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15 Pieces to Guide Your Understanding of Xenophobia in (South) Africa

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Once again, this September, xenophobic violence was unleashed on other Africans, mostly Nigerians, in South Africa: businesses were closed, shops were looted, and people were killed. The attacks, which previously happened in 2008 and 2015 and also targeted Zimbabweans, Mozambicans, and Malawians, among other nationals, have drawn widespread international condemnation and, in cases, diplomatic actions. […]

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Johary Ravaloson’s Return to the Enchanted Island Is the Second Novel from Madagascar to Be Translated into English

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In May 2018, we brought news of the first novel by a writer from Madagascar to be translated into English: Naivo’s Beyond the Rice Fields. Malagasy literature will now be receiving the second such novel in Johary Ravaloson’s Return to the Enchanted Island, forthcoming on 5 November 2019, from Amazon Crossing. The book, originally written […]

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Sundays at Saint Steven’s | Davina Philomena Kawuma | Poetry

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when god runs out of money (how, no one says) once a week, these days, we come to where the pumpkins bob and the lake flies drop. my father’s widows, long-necked from greening free markets, rounding the stopped doors, sowing selves into cupped hands. my father’s daughters, easily bred on weather-worn benches, bidding the slow […]

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Read the First Excerpt from Petina Gappah’s New Novel, Out of Darkness, Shining Light

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Petina Gappah‘s new novel Out of Darkness, Shining Light was released on 10 September by Simon & Schuster imprint Scribner. Told by a woman and a man, it details the 285-day journey by a party carrying the Irish explorer Dr. David Livingstone’s dead body to the Indian Ocean coast. The publication of the highly anticipated […]

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We Need To Talk | Muriel Adhiambo | Fiction

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IT WAS A warm, humid night in the lakeside city of Kisumu. Under a starless sky, the women, seated on an assortment of plastic chairs, sang hymns. Between them and what had two days ago been a grass-thatched mud hut stood a decade-old mango tree. The hut had undergone a hurried transmutation overnight, and in […]

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For World Diabetes Day, Miss BloodSugar Calls for Entries to Competition & Anthology Sponsored by Bella Naija

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Press release: What’s your diabetes story? Are you diabetic? Have you been impacted by the experiences of a family/friend/patient with […]

The Hour of Judgment | Edith Knight Magak | Fiction

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THE HOUR OF judgment has come upon me, and my hope for redemption is pegged on a needle, sorcery, and […]

This Country’s Women | Three Poems by Kyle Malanda

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This Country’s Women To survive, the women in my country hide secrets beneath breasts, at the curve of spine, between […]

Enter for the 2019 Awele Creative Trust Short Story Award

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The 2019 Awele Creative Trust Award is open for entries. Founded in 2013 by the NLNG Prize-winning novelist Chika Unigwe, […]

The Fundamentals of Editing Fiction and Non-Fiction: Apply to SBMEN’s Workshop in Lagos | 21-22 September

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The Society for Book and Magazine Editors of Nigeria (SBMEN) is calling for applications to its third editing workshop of […]

How to Donate to the African Speculative Fiction Society

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The African Speculative Fiction Society (ASFS) is an organisation of around 180 writers, editors, comic & graphic artists, and filmmakers […]

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