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Mona Eltahawy’s New Book, The Seven Necessary Sins of Women and Girls, Coming in Fall 2019

Egyptian writer and feminist icon Mona Eltahawy has a new book coming in Fall 2019. The Seven Necessary Sins for Women and Girls will be released by Beacon Press. The author made the announcement on Twitter. http:// My new book is called The Seven Necessary Sins for Women and Girls and it is coming out […]

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The Art & Politics of Walking in Public as Women of Colour: Aminatta Forna and Taiye Selasi in Conversation

Novelists Aminatta Forna and Taiye Selasi were recently in an email conversation about the art and politics of walking in public as women of colour. Their conversation, published by Literary Hub and titled “Whose Streets?,” is a revealing, empowering response to an essay by Forna which appeared in Freeman’s magazine. Titled “Power Walking,” Forna’s essay […]

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Photos from the Purple Hibiscus Trust Creative Writing Workshop and Literary Evening

The 11th edition of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s creative writing workshop took place in Lagos from November 20 to November 30, 2018. Formerly the Farafina Trust Creative Writing Workshop, the event returned after its postponement in 2017 as the Purple Hibiscus Trust Creative Writing Workshop, sponsored by Trace Nigeria. Twenty-two participants were selected, housed for ten days, […]

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Bibi Bakare-Yusuf, Stella Nyanzi, Lola Shoneyin, Panashe Chigumadzi Honoured in AWP Network’s 2018 Power List, Alongside Ethiopian President Sahle-Work Zewde, Genevieve Nnaji, and Uzo Aduba

Entrepreneurship platform AWP Network has released its sixth annual “Power Network List” of 40 “African women with powerful, inspiring, and influential voices,” all of whom “create programs and policies that support the development and growth of African women and girls.” Among the 2018 honourees are Cassava Republic founder and Brittle Paper 2018 Person of the […]

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In Poetry: After LIPFest and Aké Festival, What Next for the Upcoming Nigerian Poet? | Ebenezer Agu 

The event corner of the Nigerian literary scene has again gone quiet after our two major literary festivals have come and passed. Aké Arts and Book Festival—in its sixth year—happened only four days before the Lagos International Poetry Festival—in its fourth year—both in Lagos. In the time that these festivals have existed, there has been […]

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Noo Saro Wiwa Named Among World’s Most Influential Travellers of 2018, Alongside Angelina Jolie and Queen Rania

Nigeria’s leading travel writer Noo Saro-Wiwa has been included in luxury and lifestyle travel publication Conde Nast Traveller‘s 30-name list of the “World’s Most Influential Women Travellers” of 2018, alongside American actress Angelina Jolie and Jordanian monarch consort Queen Rania al Abdullah. The daughter of the iconic activist Ken Saro-Wiwa, Noo Saro-Wiwa was born in 1976 and […]

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From Hip Hop to Literature: Meet Gael Faye, Burundi-born French-Rwandan Superstar Whose Debut Novel Sold 700,000 Copies

“WHEN I GROW up I want to be a mechanic, so nothing ever stays broken in my life,” says Gaby, the 10-year-old narrator of Small Country, the English translation of the French-language novel Petit Pays, the literary debut by long-time rapper Gael Faye which has sold more than 700,000 copies, been translated into 35 languages, and […]

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Who Is More Left Than the Other? Growing McCarthyism and Fatima Bhutto’s Unfair Criticism of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie | Tee Ngugi

A year ago, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie found herself in the eye of a Leftwing storm. In an interview about feminism, she had said that transgender women who used to be men did not suffer discrimination to the same extent that women did. Feminists and transgender women were furious. They attacked her for seeming to suggest […]

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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Is Now on Twitter

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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, who began personally using her Facebook page in 2016 and who joined Instagram in 2017, is now […]

At 81, Ngugi wa Thiong’o Announces 34th Book, a Gikuyu Philosophical Epic Novel, 13 Years After His Last

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Thirteen years after his last novel Wizard of the Crow, Ngugi wa Thiong’o, who turned 81 on 5 January, has […]

Kabaka Magazine, Co-founded by Romeo Oriogun and Chibuihe Achimba, Is Set to Amplify Queer Voices in African Literature | Read Issue #1

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In late 2016, the Nigerian poets Romeo Oriogun and Chibuihe Achimba began discussing the possibility of creating a platform for queer […]

Review | Ebenezer Obadare Takes On Jiving Pastors and Thieving Politicians in Pentecostal Republic | Ikhide Ikheloa

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Often when one thinks of African writing, it is often about fiction. African fiction is widely celebrated globally, with the […]

Sefi Atta Talks History, Her New Novel, and Writing about the Lagos Elite: In Conversation with Toni Kan

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Sefi Atta’s latest novel, The Bead Collector, is historical fiction as well as an ideological treatise. But it is also, […]

Writing with Style | Tobi Alaaka

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Oris Aigbokhaevbolo’s two-day workshop, Write with Style, is both an effort to create a learning space for a growing demographic […]

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