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How To Be an Acceptable Wife | by Ola Nubi | A Story

You see — as soon as I saw you approaching the house carrying all your load on your back like a tortoise, I knew that you had disgraced us in your husband’s house. Did I not train you to be an acceptable wife? The fire under plantains should not be too high, as it will […]

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What Does Your Favorite African Novel Say About You?

Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe You are a vintage soul. You like old things. Stories about lost, ruined worlds is  your favorite kind of tragedy. While you’re not entirely nostalgic, the past does hold, for you, a fair amount of aura. You are not much of a talker, not because you are shy or introverted […]

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Seven Letters to a Poet From Another Time | by Kechi Nomu | A Poem

I Art will not survive in a house like this… II A dictator sits on a terrace chair and considers the years; he lets the soothing Shabaz wash over him and the forgiveness of wine III A poet awakens from the third reverie and puts Cohen’s Tower of Songs on repeat IV And thinks of […]

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“Brooklyn, Where Shadows Are Welcome” | Freckled by Kiah | A Love Story

The crying has stopped and for that above all else, I am thankful. I thought it would never end. I am beyond grateful that it finally did. I walk on egg shells, saying little, for fear that my words will set off the time bomb that is the woman I loved. Loved. Past tense. If […]

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Madame Kiru’s Boudoir | A Selection of African Romance Novels by Kiru Taye

  If you read only mainstream African novelists like Adichie, Selasi, and company, chances are that you’re entirely unaware of a thriving African indie romance scene. At the center of this scene is Kiru Taye, a London-based Nigerian novelist specialized in romance fiction of all kinds—historical, paranormal, exotic. I approached Taye sometime last year about writing a […]

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That Dress Though | Chimamanda at the 2014 Farafina Literary Evening

Chimamanda Adichie wore this floor-length white-leopard-patterned dress to the 2014 Farafina Literary Evening held at the Oriental Hotel in Victoria Island, Lagos. The event officially brought the 2014 Farafina Trust Creating Writing Workshop to an end. Sponsored by Nigerian Breweries and run by Adichie and a team oflocal and guest writers, the workshop has since […]

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What Zadie Smith’s Mom Taught Me About Bridget Jones

During a conversation about strong female characters, Zadie Smith tells Chimamanda Adichie a story about her mother’s reaction to Bridget Jones Diary. Somebody once very unwisely gave my mom a copy of Bridget Jones Diary in the mid-90s, a book I find very funny and sweet but for my mother it might as well have […]

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Conceptual Analysis of M. I. Abaga’s King James

The world of music is a game of thrones, right? And you play to win or die. If there’s anyone who knows the truth of this statement, it’s M. I. In his latest single, titled “King James,” he speaks about this violence lying at the heart of any high-stake hustle, whether it’s entertainment or politics. Of […]

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“I Have Come Undone” | Adichie Writes Moving Statement on Grieving for Her Father

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Chimamanda Adichie’s father, Professor James Nwoye Adichie, died on Wednesday June 10, 2020. Today, the author breaks her silence around […]

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Ouida Books is Currently Accepting Submissions for Her New Imprint LWM (2)

Lagos-based publishing press Ouida Books is accepting submissions for its new imprint LWM. LMW is the third addition to the […]

Wayétu Moore Announces New Novel Exploring Mami Wata Mythology

Wayétu Moore Announces New Novel Exploring Mami Wata Mythology

Liberian-American author Wayétu Moore is staying busy and productive. Barely a year since the release of her widely praised memoir […]

Tsitsi Dangarembga Petitions Parliament of Zimbabwe for Removal of Health Minister Obadiah Moyo

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On June 19, 2020, Zimbabwe Health Minister Obadiah Moyo was arrested on corruption charges for engaging in an illegal 60 […]

Is This Us? The Many Holes in Nigerian-American Portrayal of the Nigerian Experience | Damilola Oyedele | Essay

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A few weeks ago, as I watched Yvonne Orji explain Nigerian slang to her audience, feelings I couldn’t immediately name […]

The Meaning of Guernica | Umar Abubakar Sidi | Poetry

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  Guernica Celebration of modern fascism Horrific devastation in the Basque town of Guernica Monochrome grisaille Crawling analysis of the […]

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