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The hotly anticipated first issue of the interview magazine Africa in Dialogue has a cover star: Nii Ayikwei Parkes.

Parkes, that Ghanaian writer with gorgeous dreadlocks who chaired this year’s Caine Prize judging panel, is the author of the novel Tail of the Blue Bird (2009), which was shortlisted for the 2010 Commonwealth Prize for Best First Book, and of three poetry chapbooks: eyes of a boy, lips of a man (1999), M is for Madrigal (2004), and shorter (2005).

Africa in Dialogue is edited by the dynamic Motswana poet and activist, Gaamangwe Joy Mogami. This debut issue is guest-edited by Emmanuel Iduma, co-founder of Saraba magazine, and has the Zimbabwean spoken word poet Mutsa Diana Shiripinda as Visual Director.

It will be dropping in four days’ time.

Read some of the magazine’s interviews which we’ve republished.

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Otosirieze is deputy editor of Brittle Paper. He is a judge for the 2018/19 Gerald Kraak Prize and the 2019 Miles Morland Writing Scholarships. He is an editor at 14, Nigeria’s first queer art collective, which has published volumes including We Are Flowers (2017) and The Inward Gaze (2018). He is the curator of the Art Naija Series, a sequence of e-anthologies of writing and visual art focusing on different aspects of Nigerianness, including Enter Naija: The Book of Places (2016), which explores cities, and Work Naija: The Book of Vocations (2017), which explores professions. His fiction has appeared in The Threepenny Review and Transition. He has completed a collection of short stories, You Sing of a Longing, is working on a novel, and is represented by David Godwin Associates literary agency. He combined English and History at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, is completing a postgraduate degree in African Studies, and taught English at Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu. Find him at otosirieze.com, where he accepts writing and editing offers, or on Instagram or Twitter: @otosirieze. When bored, he Googles Rihanna.

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