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Chigozie Obioma Opens Up About His Life as a Reader

Congratulations to Chigozie Obioma! His second novel An Orchestra of Minorities was published yesterday. Sometime last month, Obioma had shared a deeply personal essay on his journey as a reader. Read here if you missed it. A few days ago, he was featured on the high profile interview series run by the New York Times. […]

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Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor On the 600-Year Tale That Inspired Her New Novel

Kenyan novelist Yvonne Owuor who brought us the critically acclaimed novel Dust has a new book in the works. The Dragonfly Sea centers on a largely unexplored period in Africa’s past: the Chinese-African encounter via the Indian Ocean. The novel centers on a girl named Ayana who lived a solitary life on the island of Pate, […]

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The 2018 Brittle Paper African Literary Person of the Year Is Bibi Bakare-Yusuf

The Brittle Paper African Literary Person of the Year recognizes individuals who work behind the scenes to hold up the African literary establishment in the given year. Our 2018 honour goes to Dr. Bibi Bakare-Yusuf for her long service and leadership in publishing. As Publishing Director of one of Africa’s most beloved indie presses, Cassava Republic, […]

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#WeLoveBooks | Silence is My Mother Tongue by Sulaiman Addonia

2018 has been a rich harvest for African fiction. Just when we thought the year couldn’t yield any more gems, Sulaiman Addonia’s Silence is a Mother Tongue comes out and wows us with one of the most lovable female characters we’ve seen in African fiction this year. Set in an East African refugee camp, the […]

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Excerpt #4 | My Sister, the Serial Killer | by Oyinkan Braithwaite

FLAW   “So, you people share the same father and mother?” “She told you she is my sister.” “But is she your full sister? She looks kinda mixed.” Yinka is really starting to piss me off. The sad thing is that her questions are neither the most obnoxious I have received in my lifetime nor […]

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Excerpt #3 | My Sister, The Serial Killer | by Oyinkan Braithwaite

RED   Yinka is painting her nails at the reception desk. Bunmi sees me coming and nudges her, but it is a pointless warning—Yinka will not stop on my account. She acknowledges my presence with a feline smile. “Korede, those shoes are nice o!” “Thanks.” “The original must be very expensive.” Bunmi chokes on the […]

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Excerpt #2 | My Sister, The Serial Killer | by Oyinkan Braithwaite

FATHER   Ayoola inherited the knife from him (and by “inherited” I mean she took it from his possessions before his body was cold in the ground). It made sense that she would take it—it was the thing he was most proud of. He kept it sheathed and locked in a drawer, but he would […]

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Demons in the Villa | Excerpt from Ebenezer Obadare’s Pentecostal Republic

Pentecostal Republic takes a hard look at the influence of pentecostalism in Nigerian politics. Prof. Obadare is a sociologist, who studies civil society in Africa. In this exhilarating book, he credits the challenges of Nigerian politics and state practices to the ways in which Pentecostalism frames the action and vision of political leaders and intellectuals. […]

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Ten Poets, Including 7 Women, Shortlisted for the 2019 Brunel International African Poetry Prize

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Ten poets, including seven women, have been shortlisted for the 2019 Brunel International African Poetry Prize. Among them are the […]

#PoetryTalk | Being a Poet Involves Crying Out About Injustice: Interview with Unoma Azuah

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Unoma Azuah teaches writing at the Illinois Institute of Art, Chicago. In 2011 she was listed as one of the […]

Distance of Days | Teju Cole

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(In Memoriam Bisi Silva. In Memoriam Okwui Enwezor.)   1. O. shows up in my dream last night. He is […]

Bernard Dadié, Côte d’Ivoire’s Best Known Writer and National Icon, Passes on at 103

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Bernard Dadié, Côte d’Ivoire’s best known writer and former Minister of Culture, has passed on at age 103, on 9 […]

Read an Excerpt from Laila Lalami’s New Novel, The Other Americans

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Laila Lalami’s new novel The Other Americans—released on 26 March 2019 by Pantheon, an imprint of Penguin Random House—is a […]

Narrative Landscape Press to Release Nigerian Edition of Marlon James’ Black Leopard, Red Wolf in April

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The publishing company Narrative Landscape Press is gearing up for its release of the Nigerian edition of Marlon James’ highly […]

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