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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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Trifonia Melibea Obono’s La Bastarda, the First English-Language Novel by a Woman from Equatorial Guinea, Honoured by Global Literature in Libraries Initiative Prize

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Trifonia Melibea Obono’s La Bastarda, the first English-language novel by a woman from Equatorial Guinea, has been named an honour title for the inaugural Global Literature in Libraries Initiative (GLLI) Translated Young Adult Book Prize. Written in Spanish and translated by Lawrence Schimel, La Bastarda was released in the US by Feminist Books on 17 April […]

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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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Photos from the 2nd Edition of Griots and Bards: Spoken Word, Poetry, Visual Arts, Music, and Social Conversations

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The second edition of Griots and Bards (GAB), a monthly village square of spoken word poetry, visual arts, music, and social conversations, was held on 20 December 2018, at The Thought Pyramid Art Centre, Ikoyi, Lagos. The event was curated by spoken word poet, writer and consultant Adebola Afolabi (REZthaPoet) and on-air personality and entrepreneur Temilolu Ogunmokun (ChocolateOnAir). […]

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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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Submit to Rising Literary Blog Syncity NG’s One-Year Anniversary Prose Anthology and Competition, to Be Judged by Mukoma wa Ngugi and Leye Adenle

Rising literary blog Syncity NG will be celebrating its one-year anniversary with a prose competition and anthology. The competition, which comes with cash prizes and editing opportunities, will be judged by Mukoma wa Ngugi and Leye Adenle. Syncity NG was founded in 2017 by the Nigerian writer Cynthia Osuchukwu and is managed by Ama Udofa, also […]

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GoFundMe | Donate to Help Egyptian Writer and Feminist Icon Nawal El Saadawi Undergo Medical Care

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The Egyptian writer and feminist icon Nawal El Sadaawi is ill. To foot her medical bills, a GoFundMe appeal was […]

Every Poem Needs Time to Breathe and Become | Interview with Echezonachukwu Nduka

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  Echezonachukwu Nduka is a Nigerian poet, classical pianist, and musicologist. His poems have appeared in several publications including Saraba, […]

Writing and the Burden of Public Grief: In Conversation with Hawa Jande Golakai, Winner of the 2017 Brittle Paper Award for Creative Nonfiction

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Hawa Jande Golakai was born in Frankfurt, Germany, and spent her childhood in her homeland of Liberia, later living in […]

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 […]

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