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Dear Ms. Paper: I Want to Kill My (Tribalist) Editor!

Dear Ms. Paper:  My editor hates me. And I can tell it’s because she harbors intense hatred for my ethnic group. It’s obvious in the way she enjoys pointing out spelling mistakes for no other reason than to shame me. In my last email, I called her out for daring to accuse me of writing in cliché’s and […]

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The Evidence of Things Unseen | by Chinelo Onwualu | A Speculative Fiction

  “Groundnuts!” she called. “Buy your groundnuts!” The black hijab that covered her head and shoulders was stained with dust and sweat. What could be seen of her simple blouse and wrapper were faded and threadbare. She easily balanced a tray heaped full of nuts on her head as she wove through the market crowd. […]

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Between the Sacred and the Profane | Enuma Okoro on Writing and Spirituality

Reading gave me great comfort as a child. And not only books that had great plot, characters, conflict, you know, all the elements of fiction but books that also dealt with themes I hungered for. Discovering existentialism in literature was a high point in my life. Here are all these people, thinking, wondering, suffering about […]

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A Dramatist’s Passion for the Art | Interview with Segun Adefila of Crown Troupe

We didn’t know where we were headed back then. The only thing we were certain of was our passion for the arts — Segun Adefila Writing, the beautiful the about writing, is the creativity and imagination that comes with it. Imagining a character’s voice, hair style, clothing, what he/she might do in certain situations. It […]

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The Coolest African Writers Selfie Ever!

  This picture made us smile and hope it makes you smile too. Have a lovely weekend and don’t forget to smile. Remember, one size fits all! Chibundu Onuzo, Sabo Sabo, Dinachi Onuzo, Ike Echeruo, Ellah Wakatama Allfrey, Ike Anya, Victor Ehikhamenor, Helon Habila and Jowhor Ile at Victor Ehikhamenor’s exhibition at the Gallery of […]

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“Costume Jewelry Dangling” — Hooked by Akumbu Uche | A Flash Fiction

A short history of earrings, slaves and masters. Enjoy this coming of age story, all in a flash! — Editor’s note Women born into my family do not have their ears pierced. It used to be that earrings were used to differentiate slaves from the freeborn. Thanks to the British, this class divide has long […]

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A prize for LOL :)

  Yes, we love our books that have serious subjects, subjects that make you think and maybe even change who you are. Philosophy, post-colonial themes, we love it all but how we love to laugh out loud too! Is there anything more heartwarming than seeing a reader laughing out loud while reading?   The Bollinger […]

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Chimamanda Says He is Spectacular—Meet Jowhor Ile, a New Voice in African Fiction

“But now the shivering has stopped. Gathered itself and lifted. For a moment it hung over me like a hat; now it sits on top of the wardrobe at the end of the room, grinning. Like a naughty girl in a short skirt. I feel it moving to the window but what is there to […]

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15 Pieces to Guide Your Understanding of Xenophobia in (South) Africa

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Once again, this September, xenophobic violence was unleashed on other Africans, mostly Nigerians, in South Africa: businesses were closed, shops […]

Johary Ravaloson’s Return to the Enchanted Island Is the Second Novel from Madagascar to Be Translated into English

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In May 2018, we brought news of the first novel by a writer from Madagascar to be translated into English: […]

Sundays at Saint Steven’s | Davina Philomena Kawuma | Poetry

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when god runs out of money (how, no one says) once a week, these days, we come to where the […]

Read the First Excerpt from Petina Gappah’s New Novel, Out of Darkness, Shining Light

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Petina Gappah‘s new novel Out of Darkness, Shining Light was released on 10 September by Simon & Schuster imprint Scribner. […]

We Need To Talk | Muriel Adhiambo | Fiction

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IT WAS A warm, humid night in the lakeside city of Kisumu. Under a starless sky, the women, seated on […]

For World Diabetes Day, Miss BloodSugar Calls for Entries to Competition & Anthology Sponsored by Bella Naija

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Press release: What’s your diabetes story? Are you diabetic? Have you been impacted by the experiences of a family/friend/patient with […]

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