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African Literature on Instagram Vol. 6 | Okorafor’s Butterfly Obsession Explained

When Nnedi Okorafor is not writing brilliant, award-winning novels about aliens, we now have reason to believe that she’s sometimes outdoors taking pictures of a different kind of non-human species—butterflies! The scifi author has always been open about her endearing affinity for small animals in general but especially “big, beautiful, harmless, winged” ones. If you’re just learning […]

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#CainePrize2016 | Heated Debate Sparked by Kola Tubosun’s Review of Tope Folarin’s Story

Kola Tubosun’s review of “Genesis“—Tope Folarin’s shortlisted story—is currently the subject of a heated debate on social media. Tubosun’s review is part of our #CainePrize2016 Blog-a-thon. For the last two weeks, we have been posting reviews of the stories shortlisted for the Caine Prize for African Writing. You can read all the reviews here. The reviewers are all well-known critics in […]

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“Those of Us Who Are Not Queer Have Failed You” | Teju Cole Reacts To Horrific Orlando Shooting

Earlier today, the news broke that fifty people had been killed and 53 injured in the worst mass shooting of US history. This horrifying incident has been revealed to be motivated by the homophobic sentiments of the suspect. A lot of discussion has been sparked on social media regarding the US gun laws and the devastating […]

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Adichie’s Protégé, Akwaeke Emezi, Makes Surprise Announcement

Two days ago, Akwaeke Emezi, an alumnus of Adichie’s prestigious Farafina Workshop, announced that her debut novel, Freshwater will be published by leading American publisher Atlantic Grove sometime between Fall 2017 and Winter 2018. Emezi’s journey to becoming a debut novelist is clearly set for a happy ending! It all began September last year when Emezie […]

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Reform and Revolution | Chimurenga’s Latest Issue Takes on The African University

Chimurenga Chronic, the award-winning, edge-cutting Cape Town-based magazine is out with yet another issue, and this time its sharp lenses are focused on the incredibly complex, multi-faceted institution that is the African university. Packed full with brilliant pieces and photos, this issue explores the ambiguities and tensions involved in the university’s function as a site […]

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Our Ali: African Writers Reflect on Icon Muhammad Ali’s Legacy

Muhammad Ali is the boxing legend who shook his generation and changed what it meant to be black, bold and fearless. After a three decade-long battle with Parkinson’s disease, he passed away on Friday at the age of 74. Since then, people have used social media platforms to share tweets, images and videos mourning his loss and celebrating […]

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“I Feel Black and Dirty” | Binyavanga Attacked in Berlin by Racist Taxi Driver

Kenyan writer Binyavanga Wainaina, who is still in the process of recovery from a stroke he suffered last year, fell victim to an assault by a taxi driver yesterday. Binyavanga who currently lives in Berlin as a Daad fellow—one of the most prestigious fellowships in the world—boarded a taxi on his way to the clinic for […]

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Lupita Nyong’o Stars in Disney’s Queen of Katwe

Disney recently released the trailer for the highly anticipated Queen of Katwe, which stars some of Africa’s very best: Lupita Nyong’o and David Oyelowo alongside new lead actress Madina Nalwalga. Queen of Katwe is based on the life of Phiona Mutesi. It follows the story of a young girl from a slum in Uganda who initially picks up chess as […]

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Suyi Davies Okungbowa’s Fantasy Trilogy, The Nameless Republic, Acquired by Orbit 

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Orbit has acquired the rights to the Nigerian writer Suyi Davies Okungbowa’s new epic fantasy trilogy. Titled The Nameless Republic, […]

Ilya Kaminsky & Ellen Bass Have Serious Praise for Romeo Oriogun’s Hotly Anticipated Debut Collection, Sacrament of Bodies

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We are two months away from the arrival of Romeo Oriogun‘s debut poetry collection Sacrament of Bodies, from the University […]

Nancy Adimora, Founder & Editor of Afreada, Rejoins HarperCollins in Diversity-Focused Role

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Nancy Adimora, founder and editor of the literary magazine AFREADA, is returning to US publishing house HarperCollins in a newly […]

Come Home with Me | Obasa Funmilayo | Poetry

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i This is a tribute to the dreams we failed to keep between our breasts, for the fantasies we painted […]

Watch Liberian Journalist Clarice Gargard Talk Her Family History, the Civil Wars, & Charles Taylor

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The Liberian Dutch-American journalist and social advocate Clarice Gargard recently shared her story of Liberia’s civil wars in a TEDx […]

Submit to Issue III of 20.35 Africa Poetry Series, Guest-Edited by Itiola Jones & Cheswayo Mphanza

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Launched in 2018, the 20.25 Africa: An Anthology of Contemporary Poetry collective is pushing institutional boundaries in the African literary scene […]

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