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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Purple Hibiscus Turns 15: The Best Moments of a Modern Classic

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“It wasn’t the first novel I wrote,” Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie told the audience at the University of Nairobi, during her lecture in honour of Kwani? Magazine’s 10th anniversary, and then she joked: “I wrote other bad novels which I hope nobody ever sees. But Purple Hibiscus was the first one that I loved.” When she […]

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Enter for the K & L Prize for African Literature

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Submissions have begun for the 2019 K & L Prize for African Literature. The $1,000 prize, which is in its first year, is awarded for the best piece of unpublished short fiction by an African. It considers short stories between 1,000 and 2,000 words about or inspired by a historical event on the continent. The […]

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The 2018 African Literature Association (ALA) Book Awards | Call for Nominations

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Submissions have begun for the 2018 African Literature Association (ALA) Book Awards. The deadline for submissions is 1 November 2018. The African Literature Association (ALA) is the official organization for scholars of African literature—a global community of thinkers, teachers, researchers, and writers interested in the idea and study of African literature in all its diverse forms. […]

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Exclusive Photos | Inside Wole Soyinka’s Art-Filled House in Abeokuta Forest

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In August, we reported Kola Tubosun’s essay on Wole Soyinka’s art-filled house in Abeokuta forest. Published on Popula, “A House for Mr Soyinka“—a title alluding to V.S. Naipaul’s novel—has since been shortlisted for the 2018 Brittle Paper Award for Creative Nonfiction. At 84 years of age, Wole Soyinka’s life lives—to use Teju Cole’s phrasing on a […]

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Enter for the Nine Dots Prize and Win $100,000 and a Book Deal

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The Nine Dots Prize, “a prize for creative thinking that tackles contemporary societal issues,” is offering writers an opportunity to win $100,000 and a book deal with Cambridge University Press. Entrants are to respond to a question in 3,000 words. The winner will then complete a 40,000-word book on their answer. The prize aims “to […]

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The Revealing Reason Why Aminatta Forna Likes Writing Male Characters

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Last year, Somali writer and visual artist Diriye Osman, author of the Polaris Award-winning story collection Fairytales for Lost Children and the forthcoming novel We Once Belonged to the Sea, explained the concept of literary androgyny: that gender-straddling sensibility possessed by the best storytellers—women writing men, men writing women. But Aminatta Forna, from the interview […]

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Chimurenga Collective Awarded Vera List Center’s 2018-20 Jane Lombard Prize for Art and Social Justice

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Leading arts & politics collective Chimurenga has been awarded the Vera List Center for Art and Politics’ 2018-20 Jane Lombard Prize for Art and Social Justice. The announcement was made at the New School, New York, where the Center is based. Named after the New York dealer Jane Lombard, the $25,000 Prize “recognizes one social justice–minded […]

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Afrofuturism Is Not for Africans Living in Africa, Says Mohale Mashigo in New Speculative Fiction Collection

South African novelist Mohale Mashigo, author of the UJ Prize-winning The Yearning, has some interesting opinions on Afrofuturism and its place. In the preface to her forthcoming collection of short stories, Intruders (Picador Africa, 2018), she makes a case about its relevance. “This collection would be incomplete for me if I didn’t include stories set in ‘the […]

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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Purple Hibiscus Turns 15: The Best Moments of a Modern Classic

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“It wasn’t the first novel I wrote,” Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie told the audience at the University of Nairobi, during her […]

Quramo Writers’ Prize 2018 Unveils Top 5 Finalists

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Lagos – 10/10/18: Quramo Publishing has unveiled the Top 5 finalists of the Quramo Writers’ Prize 2018, two weeks after […]

Enter for the K & L Prize for African Literature

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Submissions have begun for the 2019 K & L Prize for African Literature. The $1,000 prize, which is in its […]

The 2018 African Literature Association (ALA) Book Awards | Call for Nominations

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Submissions have begun for the 2018 African Literature Association (ALA) Book Awards. The deadline for submissions is 1 November 2018. The […]

Nominate a Writer for the Fonlon-Nichols Award for African Literature

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Nominate a creative writer for the Fonlon-Nichols Award by 1 November 2018. This award, established in 1992 to honor Bernard […]

Pentecostal Republic | A Powerful New Book Tackles the Role of Pentecostalism in Nigerian Politics

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Nigerian Sociologist Ebenezer Obadare is asking us to take a closer look at the underlying forces of Nigeria’s political life. […]

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