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Two Mothers | Omotoyosi Salami | Poetry

I wake to my mother’s face contorted in prayer. she speaks all the names of my creator, praising Her. my mother’s tongue is a holy book parting in two, one end loving me spoiled, the other bringing me back to the face of God. in my grandmother’s house, I wake up to her kneeling for […]

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The Tyre | Raul Bimenyimana | Fiction

Felix went to each of the contestants, all three of them, and made them move their right extended feet so that they nearly touched the not-so-straight line that he had made on the ground with a stick. Having made sure that there was no room for foul play, Felix glanced once more at their feet […]

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Mid-Life Crisis of a Major God II | Stanley Princewill McDaniels | Poetry

– As for life turning out to be all what no one ever wanted it to, how we surely confuse existence with, say, finding the meaning of life – an object around which everything gathers & ungathers like a crowd, or how a major god searches for Heaven in the body of another, as for […]

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Twelve Sins & Makoko | Two Poems by Othuke Umukoro

Twelve Sins janvier, 1990: name and claim. At least that is how it begins with boys like me who entered the world backward. février, 2020: in my father’s house my mother wears fear round her neck like a golden bell and with each step my father’s thunderous tolling on her skin—like that time she shaved […]

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A Man’s Portrait Changing Faces | Two Poems by N. N. Emmanuels

A Man’s Portrait Changing Faces i. Momma says the worm a bird eats it remembers: a cloud of sweat, an earth of blood, a heaven of deficiencies. She trolls our senses to somewhere deep where water crowns the origin of man. ii. Home stands on mother’s crow feet. That’s why whenever we see the lotus grow […]

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Review | Hybridising Histories in Peter Kimani’s Dance Of The Jakaranda | Matthew Lecznar

Peter Kimani’s novel Dance of the Jakaranda—published in the UK by Saqi Books—makes for an enlightening and beguiling read. At one level, it is the story of Kenya’s transition from British colonial rule to independence in 1963, told from the perspectives of a diverse range of protagonists. But as the narrative proceeds, Kimani gradually adds […]

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Review | Selves: An Afro Anthology of Creative Nonfiction | Adefolami Ademola

READ: Selves: An Afro Anthology of Creative Nonfiction | New Project Collects Powerful Nonfiction from Across Africa Just like previous generations have produced platforms like The Horn, Black Orpheus, the Mbari Club, The New Horn, amongst others, that captured new voices, culminating in the creation of the literary periods in the country, it is imperative, for every […]

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Girl on Drugs | Victor Daniel | Fiction

“So, you’re going out tonight?” you ask as you watch her pull one end of the twine tightened around her arm with her other hand while the other end is held by her clenched teeth. “Nope,” she says, examining her hand for veins. “For real?” She looks at you briefly, her brows knotting. Then she […]

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Out There: 5 Talkbits on War Futures in Outer Spaces | Ainehi Edoro, Camae Ayewa, Rasheeda Phillips, Keith Spencer & Jamie Thomas in Conversation

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As part of its Horizons of the Humanities initiative, the University of California Humanities Research Institute (UCHRI) will be hosting […]

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

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FATHER   Ayoola inherited the knife from him (and by “inherited” I mean she took it from his possessions before […]

Scholastique Mukasonga’s Novel, Our Lady of the Nile, in Film Production as Short Story Appears in The New Yorker

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Rwanda’s best known contemporary writer, Scholastique Mukasonga, author of the novel Our Lady of the Nile (2015) and the memoir Cockroaches […]

The 2018 Brittle Paper Anniversary Award: Meet the 8 Finalists

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The shortlists for the 2018 Brittle Paper Awards were announced in October. Begun in 2017 to mark our seventh anniversary, the Awards aim to recognize the […]

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

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Pentecostal Republic takes a hard look at the influence of pentecostalism in Nigerian politics. Prof. Obadare is a sociologist, who […]

Yasmin Belkhyr, Romeo Oriogun, Liyou Libsekal, JK Anowe Featured in Forthcoming 20.35 Africa Anthology Guest-Edited by Gbenga Adesina and Safia Elhillo

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In February, we announced a call for submissions for a new poetry project. The anthology, 20.35 Africa: An Anthology of Contemporary Poetry, […]

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