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#PoetryTalk | I Write Outside the Margins: Interview with Adura Ojo

In this edition of #PoetryTalk, Uchechukwu Peter Umezurike chats with Adura Ojo about her writing. In the interview, she talks about various aspects of her work, including how it explores the fragility of love, desire, pleasure, womanhood and humanity. Ojo is the author of Life is a Woman Breaking Eggs. A British-Nigerian poet and writer, Ojo’s poems have […]

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#PoetryTalk | Making an Archive of Private Memory: Interview with Kechi Nomu

Kechi Nomu is a Brunel International African Poetry Prize finalist. Her poetry has been accepted for publication in The Railto, Inter|rupture, Bangalore Review, Enkare Review, Expound magazine, Brittle Paper, and elsewhere. Between 2017 and 2018, she co-curated the Poets Talk Series for African poets. Her poetry chapbook Acts of Crucifixion (Akashic Books, 2018), was chosen by […]

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The Legacy of Ebony and Female Sexuality | Bisi Adjapon

In December 2015, Ebony Reigns burst onto the music scene with her hit single, “Dancefloor,” and shattered what remained of female coyness in many West Africans. Prior to that, singers like Mzbel had broken norms by openly expressing their sexuality, but none so raw. “Dancefloor,” an allegory of a girl seized with desire, shows the […]

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#PoetryTalk | Someone Has to Tell These Stories: Interview with Poet Chibụìhè Achịmbá

Chibụìhè Achịmbà is a queer poet, essayist and photographer from Nigeria. He is a 2018 Fellow of Ebedi International Writers Residency, winner of the Brittle Paper Anniversary Award, a finalist for the 2018 Gerald Kraak Award, and was recently longlisted for the 2018 Koffi Addo Prize. He won the 2016 Babishai  Niwe Haiku prize and […]

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#PoetryTalk | Every Poem Needs Time to Breathe and Become: Interview with Echezonachukwu Nduka

  Echezonachukwu Nduka is a Nigerian poet, classical pianist, and musicologist. His poems have appeared in several publications including Saraba, Jalada Africa, Bakwa, River River, Bombay Review, Brittle Paper, Sentinel Literary Quarterly, African Writer, Sentinel Nigeria, A Thousand Voices Rising: An Anthology of Contemporary African Poetry, among others. In 2016, he was awarded the Korea-Nigeria […]

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Review | AfroSF v3, Edited by Ivor Hartmann: Of Space Ships, Planets and the Memory of the Future | Ikhide R. Ikheloa

“African science fiction is not rising. It is here,” writes Tade Thompson in a defiant but illuminating piece about that genre of writing called African Science Fiction and Fantasy. Thompson is a proud leader of the pack of writers of African descent, or who live in the continent, who write identity-bending, mind-bending experimental stuff far […]

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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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ReWrite London Calls for Short Fiction Submissions from Black Women & Women of Colour

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ReWrite, the London-based platform for Black women and women of colour, founded in 2017 by the Congolese-British writer and facilitator […]

Sunday Times Announces Shortlists for South Africa’s Alan Paton Award & Barry Ronge Fiction Prize

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Sunday Times has announced the shortlists for the prestigious South African literary prizes: the Alan Paton Award, in its 30th […]

Patrice Nganang’s When the Plums Are Ripe, the Second in His Historical Fiction Trilogy, Tells the Story of Cameroon’s Forced Entry into World War II

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The Cameroonian writer and Stony Brook literature professor Patrice Nganang, who in 2017 was arrested for criticising the country’s 37-year-ruling […]

Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani, Jude Idada Lead 2019 NLNG Prize Longlist for Children’s Literature

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The Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG) Prize for Literature has announced its 2019 longlist, led by I Do Not Come […]

Luna Press’ Harvester Series Includes New Collections by Wole Talabi and Nick Woods

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As part of its Harvester Series, a publication programme for collections of old and new stories plus bonus material, the […]

Tade Thompson Wins Arthur C Clarke Award, for Rosewater, the First Novel in His Wormwood Trilogy

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The Nigerian writer and psychiatrist Tade Thompson has won the 2019 Arthur C Clarke Award, the UK’s premier honour for […]

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