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We are posting another edition of “African Literature on Instagram”— by popular demand! It’s such a fun post to curate because we get to tell the story of contemporary African fiction through images.

[Click HERE if you missed the first edition]

This week, Chris Abani is very much on our minds.

His writings are great, but we have fallen head-over-heels in love with his photographic work.

So we sifted through his expansive Instagram catalogue and came up with a few images that tell us something about literature and the writing life.


[To keep up with Abani’s social media life, check him out on Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest. His handle on all three platforms is @chrisabani.]


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Ainehi Edoro is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she teaches African literature. She received her doctorate at Duke University. She is the founder and editor of Brittle Paper and series editor of Ohio University Press’s Modern African Writer’s imprint.


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