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Five Mind-bending and Mood-altering African Novels

  Sleepwalking Land (1999) by Mia Cuto, Mozambique  A boy and an old man are survivors in a post-apocalyptic, war-ravaged town. They stumble upon a burned-out bus and decide to make it home. While clearing out the corpses trapped and burned in the bus, they find a journal kept by one of the dead passengers, […]

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“A Small Undisclosed Gesture” | Corkscrew | By Dami Ajayi | Flash Fiction

  There is a bottle of red wine, two wine flutes and no corkscrew in sight on the table between us. I watch your countenance change from grim concentration to befuddled puzzlement. This is not a trick; there are no aces up my sleeves, there is just the bottle of red wine needed to snuff […]

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“Order in the Mother City” | Walls | By Jennifer Thorpe | A Feminist Poem

It was The force of the wall That propelled her face forward And back into the foot That kicked it. The kicker danced The dance of a victorious soldier. For he was a warrior in a long standing campaign Of dominance And hate. Behind the wall, And hidden from view, A young girl played on […]

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“His Passion Began to Drive us Slightly Mad” | Ben Okri on Bibliomania

Bibliomania is a pathological and irrational desire to collect books, not to be mistaken with bibliophilia, a healthy love for books. I was rereading Ben Okri’s Famished Road recently and came across this bit on Azaro’s father exhibiting full blown bibliomania, a strange, feverish desire for book he couldn’t read, books about things he could […]

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“She Was the Perfect Art” | Distance | By Carl Terver | A Vignette

It was a long trip from Akure. Three days ago Sade returned from the United States, and she ran to Abuja. She had important contacts to hook up with. And she knew also that she had to see Ralph. It rained on the evening she arrived at Ralph’s place: quiet neighborhood with trees adorning its […]

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Ellen Banda on Writing Children’s Fiction | Interviewed by Caleb Adebayo

Ellen Banda-Aaku is a published and award-winning writer of books for children and short stories. Her first book for children, Wandi’s Little Voice won the 2004 Macmillan Writers’ Prize for Africa. Beyond being a writer for children, she also writes adult fiction. Patchwork, one of her published works and an award-winning novel is a work […]

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Ifemelu Comes to Life in Adichie’s New Blog

Last time, I brought you Adichie’s fashion blog—Chimamanda Style Files—managed by “her team.” Hopefully you’ve been popping by the blog from time to time to keep up with Adichie’s wardrobe. This time, I’m pleased to share with you Adichie’s literary blog that she writes in the persona of Ifemelu. Remember when you read Ifemelu’s fictional blogposts […]

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Ngugi Is Favored to Win the Nobel Prize, Says Swedish Betting Firm

It’s barely a month before the next Noble Laureate is announced, so excitement is starting to build up. But for those who are placing bets on who will win, their excitement has been brewing for the past one year. Every year, on the day after the Nobel Laureate is announced, a Swedish betting firm called […]

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Kwame Dawes’s “Yard Boy”: A Powerful Poem for Our Moment

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Kwame Dawes recently wrote a poem titled “Yard Boy” that speaks to the recent events surrounding the death of George […]

Teju Cole’s Spotify Playlists Offer Musical Solace for These Times

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Among Teju Cole’s many talents is his ability to curate music that captures a mood or even the feel of […]

Petina Gappah to Write Play About the Censorship History of Dambudzo Marechera’s Novel Black Sunlight

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Petina Gappah recently announced that she was writing a play that focuses on “the 1982 banning and unbanning” of Dambudzo […]

Oh, Blessed Bri’Land | Jedah Mayberry | Fiction

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Bri’Land glistened at me, her brilliant display of pink sand shimmering in delight.  It would seem that I had finally, […]

Books That Go with Wine and Books That Don’t

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The beverages most associated with reading are tea and coffee. But many readers love to cozy up in bed with […]

In This House | Inok Rosemary | Poetry

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  In this house, we sift our words, Never letting the walls hear what they shouldn’t. The fear of their […]

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