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Be Thou Holy | Charles Kadib | Fiction

ANOTHER CHURCH WAS opened at my street today. Maybe not exactly today, but at least sometime this week. It would be the fourth church to be opened on my street. On our way out, my sister and I peeped in to survey the population as we always do. It was just like the three others […]

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Escaping Fire | Obii Ifejika | Poetry

The stairs sit between eight rooms, with the echo of your heartbeat rolling off the walls. You will no longer slide down the rails to the cheer of friends. It will one day be clear: this brick and mortar wasn’t built to hold your dreams, only to let you have them. Daddy will need your […]

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We Wait for You | Femi Ayo-Tubosun | Fiction

BOTTLES AND GUNS are our way of life. When you travel on lonely roads, you look for us in every darkness that moves. You are expecting us, so you come along with a bag of money. We are there waiting for you. Tonight, we are covert and we wait for you to stop. We wait […]

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Come Home with Me | Obasa Funmilayo | Poetry

i This is a tribute to the dreams we failed to keep between our breasts, for the fantasies we painted in white dresses only, for the waters we saw as hopeless fate.   ii My history books sing the essence of a sisterhood— iconic elements, peculiar picayunes in a game of chance. The bodies of […]

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After One Comes Ten | Golden Anurika Ahuachaogu | Poetry

Somewhere in the north, above red earth and foils of prayers, the smell of wet henna fights to outlive the aroma of tuwo. A bride is soaked in coconut oil and pampered with ori. Her eyes, the vision of a dancer. She remembers yesterday: covered in clay and youngness, how she ran in the rain, […]

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Sumbua | Gloria Mari | Fiction

BEATRICE WATCHES THE parking lot, her ornamental beads jingling. “Is Sumbua coming?” she asks her mother standing beside her. Her mother purses her lips. “I don’t know. But you already have other guests here. Go cater to them.” Beatrice watches the slowly filling parking lot with longing. She hopes her favourite cousin shows up. Mama […]

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This Blood That Not Even the Mountains Can Hold: Megan Ross Rereads Sarah Godsell’s Liquid Bones

“this country of blood” It is just under a year since Impepho Press published Sarah Godsell’s second poetry collection, Liquid Bones. It is October, Spring. In this “summoning season change” we find ourselves, as a country, as femmes, as individuals, as Africans, barely surviving the wave of femicide and xenophobic violence that has torn through […]

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On Transatlantic Shame | I. S. Jones | Poetry

nothing is earned unless something is lost. the ocean grants safe passage, but i fear the cost is too great. you tell yourself, [if i survived Nigeria, there is no greater beast above me], but you grow to understand America is the beast after which all other beasts are named. you try to be a […]

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Cassava Republic Press, in partnership with A + F Creative, will be launching a series of events to celebrate black […]

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

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Photos credited to CNA’s Team. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie hosted Lupita Nyong’o in a private dinner in Lagos, attended by notable […]

Ukamaka Olisakwe’s Forthcoming Novel, Ogadinma, Is a Feminist Story Set in ’80s Nigeria

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The Nigerian writer Ukamaka Olisakwe is set to release a new novel. Titled Ogadinma, or Everything Will Be All Right, […]

Resoketswe Manenzhe Wins 2020 Dinaane Debut Fiction Award for Her Novel, Scatterlings

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The 2020 Dinaane Debut Fiction Award has been awarded to the South African writer Resoketswe Manenzhe for her novel Scatterlings. […]

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

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A new Nairobi-based print and online magazine, down river road, is exploring the margins, the shifting centers, and the new […]

Dr Stella Nyanzi Wins Appeal at Ugandan Court, Regains Freedom, But Is Possibly Re-arrested

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Dr Stella Nyanzi is free. The academic, feminist and queer rights advocate has been in prison for criticising Uganda’s long-serving […]

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