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What We Are Reading This Week | A Feminist Guide to Living and Thinking Sensuously

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In the final week of women’s history month, we are celebrating a writer whose work has inspired us for years. Minna Salami’s debut Sensuous Knowledge: A Black Feminist Approach for Everyone offers an Africa-centered, woman-centered, and black feminist approach to everything from power to beauty to womanhood to liberation. The book is fresh off the press—out […]

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COVID-19 Concerns Lead to Postponement of The AKO Caine Prize 2020 Award Dinner

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The AKO Caine Prize announced today that it was postponing the 2020 prize ceremony scheduled for June 23 in London. The prize ceremony, during which the winners of the prize are announced, is one of the highlights of the year in the African literary community. It attracts hundreds of attendees from different parts of the […]

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Edwige-Renée Dro Opens A Feminist Library in Abidjan

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Earlier this month, Ivorian writer and literary translator Edwige-Renée Dro opened a library focused on women’s writing from the continent and black diaspora. The library is located in Yopougon, Abidjan and is open to members of the public. The Library is called 1949 to commemorate the contributions of Ivorian women — 2000 of them—who, in […]

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Chimamanda Adichie’s Literary Agency Calls Plagiarism Allegations “Delusional” and “False”

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A few days ago, a youtube video accusing Chimamanda Adichie of plagiarism began circulating on social media, academic listservs, and whatsapp groups. The Wiley Agency,  Adichie’s literary agency, just released a statement, which the author shared on her Facebook page.  In addition to calling Giwa-Amu’s allegations “false” and “delusional,” Wiley revealed that Giwa-Amu had made […]

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What We are Reading This Week | A Novel Honoring the Emotional Truth of Women’s Lives

On week three of women’s history month, we are celebrating a novel that centers the emotional truth of a woman’s life.  Ayobami Adebayo’s debut novel Stay With Me was quite the rave when it came out in 2018. It received massive shout outs from Margaret Atwood and New York Times royalty Michiko Kakutani. Stay With […]

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What We Are Reading This Week | A Radical Gospel for Feminist Revolutionaries

It’s week two of women’s history month, and we are celebrating angry feminists! Angry feminists, militant feminists, radical feminists, fire and brimstone feminists, call them what you will. But they are rhetorical warriors. They are writers, thinkers, activists who rudely awaken us from our political slumber to remind us that dismantling the patriarchy is more […]

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Video of Christopher Okigbo’s Daughter Reading Her Father’s Poems

Molara Wood posted two videos of Christopher Obiageli Okigbo reading her father’s poems. The videos capture a rare moment of literary magic. Obiageli Okigbo’s father is, of course, Christopher Okigbo, the celebrated Nigerian poet who died in 1967 while fighting as a Biafra soldier. He wrote modernist poetry and explored Igbo and Yoruba cosmology in […]

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Twitter User Reminds Us Writing About Nigeria is Tricky Business 😂

It’s always nice to see readers comment on literature with a level of insight and nuance that seasoned literary scholars couldn’t muster in their wildest dream. Twitter user @ILoveArmani has had everyone talking with a series of tweets classifying writers according to how they represent Nigeria in fiction. The observations are pretty on point and […]

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Laila Lalami’s Forthcoming Memoir Conditional Citizens Recounts Her Journey from Moroccan Immigrant to U.S. Citizen

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Moroccan-American author Laila Lalami has a new book forthcoming on April 28, 2020 from Pantheon Books. Titled Conditional Citizens, the […]

Neighbors (A Quarantine-Themed Fiction) | E. C. Osondu

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My neighbor Vinny Capriani is a great neighbor. I’m happy to have him as one. I live in a state […]

Tope Folarin and Nnamdi Ehirim Longlisted for the 2020 VCU Cabell First Novel Award

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Tope Folarin and Nnamdi Ehirim are both on the longlist of the 2020 VCU Cabell First Novel Award. The annual […]

Credo Mutwa, Celebrated South African Healer and Author, Dies at 98

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Credo Mutwa, celebrated South African traditional healer and author of several books, died following a period of ill health on […]

What We Are Reading This Week | A Feminist Guide to Living and Thinking Sensuously

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In the final week of women’s history month, we are celebrating a writer whose work has inspired us for years. […]

Midas & The Prodigal Daughter | Isabelle Baafi | Two Poems

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Midas the legend was not always true there was a time when empires were built on dreams and prophesies and […]

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