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Chimamanda Adichie Shares Her #QuarantineReads

What has Chimamanda Adichie been reading while staying at home during the current pandemic? In a series of stories-clips posted recently on her Instagram, Adichie shared three pieces of writing she’s been reading. The first is a poem, a favorite of hers, that she says “just feels very apt for this period.” The second and […]

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Prof. Ato Quayson’s Lockdown Recommendations

After weeks of trying to stream the pandemic away, maybe you’re realizing that there is nothing like a good novel to truly escape the constraints of time and space. Your “To Read” stack is glaring at you from its neglected spot on the shelf while your old friends are crying out to be read again, […]

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Mental Health: 8 Books by African Authors You Should Read

The subject of mental health is often synonymous with shame, silence, and the need to hide away from the world. The age-long stigma attached to it has made the conversation a difficult one to have. According to MentalHealth.gov, mental health problems are actually far more common than people think. Early warning signs range from eating […]

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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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Rapper-Turned-Novelist Gael Faye’s Small Country Stirringly Captures a Dark Moment in Burundi’s History

France-based Burundian artist Gael Faye has met success since stepping into literature from hip hop. His novel Small Country, first published in French in 2016 as Petit Pays, came out in English in June from Penguin Random House and Hogarth, translated by Sarah Ardizzone, and has been one of the gems of 2018. Starting in 1992 in Burundi, […]

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Zimbabwean Mapping Project Documents the Movements of Dambudzo Marechera in Harare

An unusual mapping project has documented the movements of Dambudzo Marechera in Harare. “Home Means Nothing to Me,” published in the June 2018 issue of Chimurenga’s The Chronic titled “The Invention of Zimbabwe,” is the brainchild of three Zimbabwean creatives: Tinashe Mushakavanhu, Nontsikelelo Mutiti, and Simba Mafundikwa. Their work was shortlisted for the 2018 Brittle Paper Award for […]

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Yrsa Daley-Ward’s The Terrible Makes Vogue’s Must-Read Books of 2018

Nigerian-Jamaican model-turned-Instapoet Yrsa Daley-Ward’s memoir The Terrible: A Storyteller’s Memoir has been named among Vogue magazine’s Must-Read Books of 2018. The follow up to her 2014 debut, the poetry collection bone, the 224-page book was published by Penguin in June and is part prose, part verse. Here is what Vogue‘s Hayley Maitland said about it: In a combination […]

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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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