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On love XXVIII | Salimah Valiani | Poetry

  Note: Publication of this submission, a tribute to Winnie Mandela, is timed to coincide with International Women’s Day on the 8th of March.   How many ways can a heart be broken? (1)   departure finality staggering beauty betrayal rejection being barred from continuing to make History Mama Winnie your death (like your life) […]

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Sonnets for the Person I Was Last Night | Akpa Arinzechukwu | Poetry

  Sonnet III after Kazim Ali The family inside at the dinner table is no longer mine. It’s been three years since I opened that door & lost a tooth. Everyone ate silence; mum avoided looking at my lips – Our hands on the cold glass minutes before thunder quivered. I am in the news […]

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What If We Didn’t Sin? | Ogbu Eme | Fiction

  The oracle of Griddock had warned that Zakari would be the one to lead the entire village to Lucifer’s Gate, and any time the oracle spoke it was imminent. His prophecies didn’t come without a way out, though. This time he’d carved it in the flesh of an old woman, just below her left […]

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Victims of 1967 | Ndifreke George | Fiction

  Content Warning: This story contains depictions of physical and sexual violence.   It was typical of Thursdays to be lazy and boring for me unless mum was off at work, then we would stay at home together and do all the gossips. She had left for work that morning almost before I could see her. […]

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Genesis | Kharys Laue | Poetry

  I The beginning contains a seed of the end. II A man stands at the foot of the mountain. Naked, head bowed. Face rectangular and rough and red as a brick. Russet beard cut square at the jaw. Delicate sheath of skin, hardly sufficient for survival. He gazes without vision at his feet, bare […]

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The Home Manual | Ayodeji Oluwaseyi Isaac | Fiction

  You will be coming to my house for the first time, pal, and the following are words to live by: When the bus drops you off at the bus stop, you will find yourself cutting the sharp corner leading into Alapere Estate and at this point, it’ll be wise to do yourself a large […]

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Abiku | Olowogboyega Olumuyiwa | Fiction

  The tour guide had begun by saying, “Traditional African art is characterized by fear, that’s why most of our statues are ugly. European art is characterized by beauty.” The rest of the class giggled as they moved on; a happy, laughing lot trailing the tour guide. I remained transfixed, staring at carved figures as […]

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10 December 2005 | Immaculata Abba | Poetry

  What happens when your brother who loves that song “and when you sleep I’ll find my way into your dreams…” dies? What does the song become? A tombstone? A portrait? A simulacrum? or the elegy itself? * I still remember grief hot in our blood The way it burnt like we had never seen […]

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Novuyo Rosa Tshuma, Diana Evans Longlisted for the 2019 Rathbones Folio Prize


The Zimbabwean novelist Novuyo Rosa Tshuma and the British-Nigerian novelist Diana Evans have been longlisted for the £30,000 Rathbones Folio […]

Ben Okri to Headline the 2019 African Book Festival in Berlin, with Ainehi Edoro, Musa Okwonga as Moderators | All the Guests + Key Events

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Ben Okri will headline the 2019 African Book Festival in Berlin, curated by Tsitsi Dangarembga, where panels will be moderated by Brittle […]

Gerald Kraak Prize Anthology, Trifonia Melibea Obono, Uzodinma Iweala Shortlisted for the 2019 LAMBDA Literary Awards

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Four books by Africans have been shortlisted for the 2019 LAMBDA Literary Awards for literature about LGBTQI+ people. Equatoguinean writer […]

Praxis Magazine Announces Seven Poetry Chapbooks for Its 2019-20 Publication Series

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Praxis magazine has selected seven poetry chapbooks for its 2019-20 publication series. The announcement, made on its website, included submissions from […]

Poetry Collective & Press Konya Shamsrumi Gets New Columnist-Bloggers in Tafirenyika, Anena, Grieder, Gatawa, and Sabuke

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The poetry collective and press Konya Shamsrumi (KSR) has announced new columnist-bloggers for its website. They are: Tinashe Tafirenyika, the two-time National Arts Merit […]

Chigozie Obioma, New Daughters of Africa Contributors, to Headline the 2019 Africa Writes Festival

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Three conversations—with the Nigerian novelist Chigozie Obioma, with the contributors to New Daughters of Africa anthology, and one on poetry—will […]

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