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Leila Aboulela (M) at a Sudan Revolution rally in Aberdeen, Scotland. Image from Aboulela’s Facebook Page.

What did writers do on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook recently? As with our first and second volumes in the series, we went through some timelines to bring you what has been happening.

Leila Aboulela Reading Poetry at a Sudanese Revolution Support Rally in Aberdeen Is the Political Inspiration We Need

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My words to the young women who were raped at the Khartoum sit-in attack early this month

Yesterday at the protest organized by the Sudanese community in Aberdeen, I read out my poem:

To the young women who were raped at the sit-in attack

Know that you are innocent and honourable.

You did not lose your purity,

You did not lose your beauty,

You did not lose your intellect.

To the women who were raped at the sit-in attack, my young sisters,

Know that you are innocent and honourable.

It is he, the criminal, who violated the oath of loyalty he had sworn, misused the gun he was entrusted with, betrayed the uniform which elevated him.

It is he who is dishonourable, not you.

And you did not lose your purity.

It is he who is tainted, not you.

And you did not lose your beauty, nor your intellect. You did not lose your future.

It is he who is covered with shame, not you.

And you did not lose your future, it is still there waiting for you.

Lift up your head so you can see it.

#KhartoumMassacre#SudanRevolution #SudanUprising

Reactions Trail Omission of Namwali Serpell’s The Old Drift from the Booker Prize Longlist

Chibundu Onuzo’s Travel Piece About Barbados Gets Furious Response on Twitter

Tsitsi Dangarembga on Sexism in Zimbabwean Culture Criticism

Follow the conversation on the thread HERE.

Gerald Kraak Prize 2019 Winner OluTimehin Adegbeye Says Big Brother Naija Employee Andre Blaze Henshaw Sexually Assaulted Her

Novuyo Rosa Tshuma on Book Distribution in Africa versus in the West

Nnedi Okorafor on the Mislabeling of Her Binti Trilogy as Fantasy Rather Than Science Fiction

Follow the conversation on Facebook.

Billy Kahora Reads from New Story Collection, The Cape Cod Bicycle War, at the Hargeysa Book Fair in Somaliland 

President Buhari of Nigeria Congratulated Lesley Nneka Arimah on Her Caine Prize Win

And this is her after a book reading in Lagos.

President Ramaphosa of South Africa Quoted Koleka Putuma

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s, um, Dance

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About Otosirieze Obi-Young

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Otosirieze Obi-Young is a writer, journalist, & Deputy Editor of Brittle Paper. The recipient of the inaugural The Future Awards Prize for Literature in 2019, he is a judge for The Gerald Kraak Prize and was a judge for The Morland Writing Scholarship in 2019. He is Nonfiction 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 Curator at 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 work in queer equality advocacy in literature has been profiled in Literary Hub. 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 has an M.A. in African Studies and a combined honours B.A. in History & International Studies/English & Literary Studies, both from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He taught English in a private Nigerian university. Find him at, where he accepts writing and editing offers, or on Instagram or Twitter: @otosirieze. When bored, he Googles Rihanna.

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