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Two African Writers Featured in Beyoncé’s Black Is King Visual Album

Yrsa Daley-Ward and Warsan Shire's Poetry Featured in Beyoncé's Black Is King Visual Album (1)

Beyoncé’s new visual album Black Is King is making waves, but the exciting part is that there are two African writers at the heart of the project. Warsan Shire’s poetry is featured while Yrsa Daley-Ward is one of the writers of the film. This is the third time that Beyoncé is featuring African writers in […]

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Brittle Paper is Looking for Editorial Volunteers (CLOSED)

  *** THIS POSITION HAS BEEN FILLED AND IS NOW CLOSED FOR APPLICATION.*** Brittle Paper turns 10 this year, and we are looking for volunteers to assist with the commemorative activities. Volunteers will mainly take part in content research and creation. There is some financial compensation. Brittle Paper is an online literary magazine for readers […]

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This is Why I am Endowing a N1 Million Prize for Difference and Diversity in Nigeria | Chude Jideonwo

Last year, I wrote a piece on CNN during Pride Month​—​a month set aside to celebrate sexual and gender diversity globally​—​to spotlight the progress Africa is making overall (though not fast enough) on the matter of LGBTQ rights. It was not the first piece I had written on the matter. I consider it the number-one […]

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“I Have Come Undone” | Adichie Writes Moving Statement on Grieving for Her Father

Chimamanda Adichie’s father, Professor James Nwoye Adichie, died on Wednesday June 10, 2020. Today, the author breaks her silence around his passing with a moving, deeply personal statement on his death. She talks about the grief of losing a dearly beloved parent, how raw the pain is, and the frustrations of being stuck in the […]

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The Meaning of Guernica | Umar Abubakar Sidi | Poetry

  Guernica Celebration of modern fascism Horrific devastation in the Basque town of Guernica Monochrome grisaille Crawling analysis of the violent reaction of man to the very question of the order of the matador * Guernica Man looking downward Crutches breaking the irrational collage of biomorphic shapes Art is evident in the image of the […]

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Watch | Panel on the Theme of Isolation in the Writings of Wole Soyinka and James Joyce

On June 16, the Embassy of Ireland in Abuja hosted a discussion panel in celebration of Bloomsday. For those who are not familiar with the term, Bloomsday is the commemoration of the life and works of the great Irish writer James Joyce. The discussion panel, titled “From Joyce to Soyinka,” featured linguist Kọ́lá Túbọ̀sún and […]

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The Ako Caine Prize Releases Statement on Equality and Inclusivity

The Ako Caine Prize Chair Ellah P. Wakatama OBE signed a statement affirming the institution’s unwavering support for inclusivity and equality. At a time when racism and transphobia, homophobia, and sexism are at the forefront of conversations about equality, The Caine Prize takes a stand against any attempt to stifle the voices of African writers. […]

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We are Orphans of our Dreams | Tee Ngugi | Nonfiction

Cassius Clay was on my mind all night. Even now in the morning, as I hurried home from my grandmother’s house, he was circling Oscar Bonavena, stinging his face with left-right combinations. Ping-ping. zing -zing.  Bonavena lunged forward and attacked the air with sledge hammers for fists– vaap ! vaap!  Clay called from behind him, […]

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Is Oedipus Rex a Form of Detective Fiction? — Watch Episode 5 of Prof. Ato Quayson’s Vlog

Is Oedipus Rex a Form of Detective Fiction_ --- Watch Episode 5 of Prof. Ato Quayson's Vlog

The fifth episode of Professor Ato Quayson’s vlog Critic.Reading.Writing is up! As the literary vlog enters its fifth week, Quayson […]

Wole Soyinka Writes Letter of Solidarity for Detained Humanist Mubarak Bala


Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka has never hesitated to speak out in the face of injustice. He recently penned a letter […]

Kenyan Filmmaker Wanuri Kahiu and Ghanaian American Playwright Jocelyn Bioh Collaborating on a Disney+ Project

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Wanuri Kahiu will direct the Disney+ film adaptation of the Broadway musical, Once on This Island, reports Hollywood Reporter. Ghanaian-American […]

Treasure is a New Novella by Oyinkan Braithwaite


Calling all fans of My Sister, the Serial Killer! Oyinkan Braithwaite has a new novella out. Titled Treasure, the book […]

Chimamanda Adichie on Her Experience with Temporary Memory Loss After a Bad Fall

Chimamanda Adichie on Her Experience with Temporary Memory Loss After a Bad Fall

Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has had a pretty rough year. In April, she announced the loss of an aunt […]

David Diop’s Debut Novel, At Night All Blood is Black, Forthcoming in English


The English translation of David Diop’s debut novel, At Night All Blood is Black, is forthcoming in October 2020. An […]

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