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Fever | Sarah Lubala | Poetry

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  In a Bali hotel room I shed electricity some quirk of the medication tends and stokes kindles against me The tongue also is a fire through the year’s slow teeth all the days of my life speak against me See fire eat fire see it set the whole course of a life on fire […]

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Death’s Swoop | Andile Ndlovu | Fiction

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  On the morning of our mother’s funeral, three women showed up unannounced and unavoidably. Three women I had seen before. Three women my mother would not have seen before. But they would have seen her. My mom was just that kind of woman. Like a big and bright red apple in a pile of […]

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A Dead Deer from the Past | Romeo Oriogun | Memoir

WHEN HE PASSED BY ME FOR the first time, I was on my second glass of Venus Portion, a cocktail made out of ginger beer, vodka, cherries, and something else. I swear I wasn’t drunk, I swear he looked at me or maybe inside my head I made him look at me with his brown eyes. […]

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A God & a Poem About Wine | Michael Akuchie | Poetry

  You are perched on your couch, wine glass in hand, red liquid floating.   You question the world for always being a brick wall, a cluster of uncontrolled voices declaring war on your name. It is about walking into a noisy room & not finding your voice. Because they say you wear the plague […]

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Will You Tell Us That You’re OK? | Khadijat Haliru | Fiction

  On Wednesday, the cramps come out on top and accomplish what they haven’t in years. They sap Annie of all her mighty reasons to live. They grab her and lock her down. They leave her immobile in bed, unable to breathe properly or skim her textbooks, unable to play Candy Crush or gorge herself […]

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Songbird | Acan Innocent Immaculate | Fiction

Acan Innocent Immaculate’s “Songbird” is taken from Go the Way Your Blood Beats, an anthology edited by Anathi Jongilanga and forthcoming on Brittle Paper.  1. HOME IN THE OLD days, you knew when you gave birth to a musambwa. Before it released its first bewitching cry, before the liquor was cold on its skin, your mothers wrenched […]

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The Uprooting of Us | Keith Mundangepfupfu | Nonfiction

Dear IsheAnesu, You recently turned two, June 5th, and I was not there for your birthday. At first, it did not affect me that much, until I started to think about what to get you for a gift. I was sitting in a subway from Manhattan to Brooklyn, tired, frustrated, feeling alone, and thinking about […]

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Read Chapter One of Chigozie Obioma’s An Orchestra of Minorities

Chigozie Obioma’s second novel An Orchestra of Minorities was published this January. As part of The Summer Library’s “selected extracts from the best new books this summer,” The Monthly has provided a part of the first chapter of the novel. The chosen section is titled “The Woman on the Bridge.” _________________________________________________________________________ The Woman on the Bridge […]

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How to Be a Nigerian Writer: Excerpt from Elnathan John’s Be(com)ing Nigerian: A Guide 

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On February 6, Cassava Republic Press published Elnathan John’s Be(com)ing Nigerian: A Guide in Nigeria. Portraying “the different Nigerians you are likely […]

Catalyst Press Books Gears Up for North America Releases of Peter Church’s Crackerjack and Yewande Omotoso’s Bom Boy 

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On February 26, US-based publisher Catalyst Press Books will be releasing North America editions of the South African novelist Peter […]

PHOTOS | The Asmara Addis Literary Festival in Exile: a Pan-African Event for Feminism, Free Love, and Radical Ideas

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The inaugural Asmara Addis Literary Festival in Exile was held from 8–10 February 2019, in Brussels, Belgium. Founded by Eritrean-Ethiopian novelist […]

Fever | Sarah Lubala | Poetry

Fire 1200 x 630

  In a Bali hotel room I shed electricity some quirk of the medication tends and stokes kindles against me […]

The University of Dar es Salaam to Host Ceremony for the 2018 Mabati-Cornell Kiswahili Prize for African Literature 

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The 2018 winners of the Mabati-Cornell Kiswahili Prize for African Literature winners will be honoured at the University of Dar es […]

Death’s Swoop | Andile Ndlovu | Fiction

Funeral Procession 1200 x 630

  On the morning of our mother’s funeral, three women showed up unannounced and unavoidably. Three women I had seen […]

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