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Tanzanian Writers Lello Mmassy & Mohamed Songoro Win Mabati Cornell Kiswahili Prize for African Literature

PRESS RELEASE: The winners of the Mabati Cornell Kiswahili Prize for African Literature 2019 were announced by the Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Abdilatif Abdalla, together with the the Safal Group CEO, Mr. Anders Lindgren, during a special ceremony at Intercontinental Hotel, Nairobi, on Thursday, 27 February 2020. The guests of honor included Ms […]

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Why We Should Stop Marketing Black Sci-Fi as the Black Version of White Stories

A staff writer at The Mary Sue is calling for the literary world to “stop marketing Black sci-fi as the ‘Black version’ of White Stories.” It’s something that has been mentioned here and there on blogs and social media, but Princess Weekes is forcing a necessary long look at the trend, citing the receptions of […]

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Before Purple Hibiscus, a Judging Panel Kept Chimamanda Adichie Off a Shortlist because Her Entry Wasn’t African Enough

In a new interview with the American magazine Newsweek, Biyi Bandele made the kind of revelation that will surely send people Google-searching. The Nigerian novelist and filmmaker—author of Burma Boy (2007) and director of Half of a Yellow Sun (2013)—was asked a variation of that very tired question: Whom do you write for? And he […]

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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Hosted Lupita Nyong’o in Lagos: How It Happened + Photos & Video

Photos credited to CNA’s Team. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie hosted Lupita Nyong’o in a private dinner in Lagos, attended by notable personalities in Nigerian entertainment. The event was part of Lupita’s second visit to Nigeria in preparation for the Americanah TV series adaptation, in which she will star as Ifemelu. The series, which has been ordered […]

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Down River Road, a New Print & Online Magazine Exploring the Alternative in Literature, Music, & Visual Art, Calls for Submissions to Second Issue

A new Nairobi-based print and online magazine, down river road, is exploring the margins, the shifting centers, and the new spaces through literature, music, and visual art. In an email to Brittle Paper, one of its editors Frankline Sunday described it as being interested in “alternative forms of creating and expression.” Its first print issue, […]

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Chinelo Okparanta Recalls Her First Teenage Crush

“I was 16 years old, nearly 17, when a boy first expressed interest in me. Or, maybe it was that I was 16, nearly 17, when I first took notice of a boy’s interest in me.” This is how Chinelo Okparanta’s recollection of her first teenage crush begins. In a piece for Freeman’s magazine, republished […]

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Romeo Oriogun Shares Heartfelt, Powerful Personal Story as Anticipation Peaks for His Debut Poetry Collection, Sacrament of Bodies

Romeo Oriogun’s debut poetry collection Sacrament of Bodies is still some 12 days away from its March 1 publication date but the anticipation is reaching fever-pitch. Sacrament of Bodies interrogates queerness, masculinity, and Nigerianness, and is a meditation on pain, love, joy, and how we overcome. The book has some big fans in Ilya Kaminsky […]

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New Poetry Anthology, Wreaths for a Wayfarer, Published in Honour of Pius Adesanmi

A new poetry anthology, Wreaths for a Wayfarer, has been published in honour of Pius Adesanmi, who passed on in March 2019. Edited by Uchechukwu Umezurike and Nduka Otiono, the book will be released in North America by the Canadian press Daraja Press. Its Nigerian edition will be published later in the year by Narrative […]

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Tomi Adeyemi Brings Black Girl Magic and Nigerian Excellence to Maison Valentino

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Last week, Italian fashion house Maison Valentino premiered its short film series entitled “In Conversation With” on YouTube featuring Nigerian-American […]

Between Colours, Senses, Words and Worlds: Harry Garuba’s Transition | Katleho Kano Shoro | Poetry

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For Professor Harry Garuba You are in a lime green, waterproof jacket hooded. Restlessly standing on the pavement— overhead: grey […]

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 […]

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