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Teju Cole on How John Berger Changed His Life

John Berger, the acclaimed author of Ways of Seeing died yesterday in Paris. He was 90 years old. Teju Cole was among the chorus of writers and fans who took to social media to pay tribute to the literary icon. “I miss him already,” writes Cole on Facebook, “he helped me, in ways that it […]

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Adichie, Selasi, Teju Cole, and Others Share their Favorite 2016 Books

2016 is coming to an end and, as is their tradition, The Guardian UK has asked some of the globe’s top writers to pick their favorite books of the year. It is a rich and interesting list. Among those naming their favorites are Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie who picked Ngugi wa Thiong’o’s memoir Birth of  Dream Weaver, Taiye Selasi […]

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The New Yorker Profiles Kenyan Online Bookseller Magunga Williams

A LITTLE over a week ago, The New Yorker ran a story on Magunga Williams, Kenyan bookstore owner and blogger, in their Page-Turner section. The feature, penned by Daniel A. Gross, a Boston-based writer and radio producer, focuses on Magunga’s efforts to do something that hadn’t existed before him in Kenya–create an online bookstore for […]

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How I Found My Greatness: Reflections on the 2016 Ake Arts and Book Festival | by Nnamdi Ehirim

Abeokuta, our venue for Ake Arts and Book Festival, is a town founded by defeated warriors who had found succor from invaders beneath its rocks. Maybe that was why I felt at ease from the moment I arrived Kuto roundabout. Maybe it was the reassuring manner of the first volunteer who attended to me. She […]

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Ake Festival 2016 | Sarah Ladipo Manyika’s Writing Workshop | by Nmadiuto Uche

Sarah Ladipo Manyika’s novella Like a Mule Bringing Ice-Cream to the Sun is character driven. When the group of 25 participants at the 2016 Ake Fiction Workshop sat around Sarah on Tuesday afternoon for a lesson in using performance to explore a character’s voice, they did not expect the exercise she had in store for them. “Switch […]

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Teju Cole’s New Book Blind Spot is a “Multi-media Diary”

Dear Teju Cole fans hoping that his next book would be fiction, you’ll have to wait a little while longer. The author announced on Facebook that he has a new book coming out, and it is not fiction. Well, it’s the next best thing. A picture book! The book is titled Blind Spot and set for a […]

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Art Naija Series Vol. 1 | Enter Naija: The Book of Places | Anthology Marks Nigeria’s 56th Independence Anniversary

A group of writers are celebrating Nigeria’s independence day in the best way possible. They’ve put together an anthology titled Enter Naija: The Book of Places. It is a powerful literary project that reflects on the idea of Nigeria in terms of space and place. The collection of stories, poetry, non-fiction pieces, and photography focus on a specific […]

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“I’m so emotionally exhausted by the murders” | Adichie on Police Killings in the US

Chimamanda Adichie was interviewed during the Washington Ideas Forum last week. Ifemelu’s blogposts on race in America came up. The interviewer wanted to know how Ifemelu, one of Adichie’s most iconic fictional characters, would respond to the heightening racial tension in American society due, in part, to the recent cases of police killings. Adichie uses the question […]

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  I slipped through today. When it gets hard, remind me it’s not suicidal to live. Tell me of hope, […]

Broken | Gerald Onyebuchi | Fiction

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In the cool of the evening you met him. At a pub, a corner all by himself, gulping down shots […]

Nigerian Software Engineer Invents New Igbo Writing System

Nigerian Software Engineer Invents New Igbo Writing System

Lotanna Igwe-Odunze is a software engineer, artist and writer who developed a new system for Igbo writing called the Ńdébé […]

All About Nsah Mala’s Cameroonian Children’s Book Coming Out in Spring 2021

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A US publishing house for children’s literature POW! Kids Books has acquired worldwide rights, excluding Africa, to Cameroonian poet and […]

The Dissolving Center of Achebe’s Things Fall Apart? — Watch Episode 4 of Prof. Ato Quayson’s Vlog

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The fourth episode of Professor Ato Quayson’s vlog Critic.Reading.Writing is up! In this week’s episode, the Professor dives into the […]

Namwali Serpell to Join Harvard English Department as Full Professor

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  Namwali Serpell announced on Twitter this week that she will be joining the Harvard English Department as Full Professor […]

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