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So Many Ways To Stay Socially-Conscious As an African Writer—The Case of Lauren Beukes’ Charity Art Show

South African sci-fi writer, Lauren Beukes, shows us that there’s more than one way to stay socially conscious as an African novelist. It’s not always by writing some grand political fiction that a writer shows political commitment. Achebe may not see Beukes’s sci-fi/thriller fiction as novels that “teach” in his political understanding of the word. But […]

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Don’t Miss the Chance to See Half of a Yellow Sun Movie in London—See How To Get Tickets

Ahead of the TEDxEuston 2013 conference on business, politics and the arts for the African Diaspora that will hold on Dec 7th, we’re excited to inform you that the much-awaited movie adaptation of Chimamanda’s epic novel, ‘Half of a Yellow Sun’ will feature at the London Film Festival in October; and tickets will go on […]

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Film Adaptation of Half of a Yellow Sun is Epic and Striking, Says Movie Critic

Biyi Bandele’s adaptation of Adichie’s award winning novel had its world premier at the Toronto International Film Festival a few days ago. As more and more reviews trickle in, we’ll get a well-rounded sense of how good the film is. Check out one of the first reviews: The Good:  …The sheer scope of its story […]

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NoViolet Bulawayo Speaks on Zimbabwe and Mugabe

If Mugabe once asked to greet the Zimbabwean Big Brother Africa runner up, there’s a chance that he’d want to meet and congratulate Noviolet Bulawayo if her novel wins the prestigious Booker Prize. In a recent Guardian interview, she is asked what she’d do if that ever happened. Her response?  “Out of principle I wouldn’t…I […]

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Commonwealth Book Prize Has Been Scrapped

Barely two years after it replaced the Commonwealth Writer’s Prize for Best Book, the Commonwealth Book Prize, awarded to the best first novel and aimed at recognizing emerging writers, has been scrapped. Here is the official announcement made by the Commonwealth Writer’s organization last week. As is usual with documents like these, the pressing question is not […]

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Much Anticipated Lagos Sci-fi Novel By Nnedi Okorafor Set For Release on March 13, 2014

On July 2nd, Nnedi Okorafor posted a rather dark message on her blog, Nnedi’s Wahala Zone. She said: In the last three months, I’ve gone through some serious dark events that I will remember forever. Whenever I thought it was done, the universe took me over another cresting wave and I had to hang on […]

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Which Two African Novelists Made The 2013 “Twitterati 100”?

Who do you need to follow on twitter to make sure you have a global handle on world events? Every year, Foreign Policy Magazine publishes a list of 100 people to help you decide. To be on that list is no mean feat. You are essentially the top hundred in a mass of 500 million […]

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VIDEO—Politics of the Belly vs Poetics of the Belly. Bibi Bakare on Book Culture in Africa

When Bibi Bakare-Yusuf and her husband, Jeremy Weate, set up Cassava Republic, the Nigerian publishing industry was in pretty bad shape. They had little or no financial backing and had to put up with the difficulties of finding places to do high-quality printing. They were essentially trying to sell books in place where there was […]

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Tomi Adeyemi Brings Black Girl Magic and Nigerian Excellence to Maison Valentino

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Last week, Italian fashion house Maison Valentino premiered its short film series entitled “In Conversation With” on YouTube featuring Nigerian-American […]

Between Colours, Senses, Words and Worlds: Harry Garuba’s Transition | Katleho Kano Shoro | Poetry

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For Professor Harry Garuba You are in a lime green, waterproof jacket hooded. Restlessly standing on the pavement— overhead: grey […]

Laila Lalami’s Forthcoming Memoir Conditional Citizens Recounts Her Journey from Moroccan Immigrant to U.S. Citizen

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Moroccan-American author Laila Lalami has a new book forthcoming on April 28, 2020 from Pantheon Books. Titled Conditional Citizens, the […]

Neighbors (A Quarantine-Themed Fiction) | E. C. Osondu

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My neighbor Vinny Capriani is a great neighbor. I’m happy to have him as one. I live in a state […]

Tope Folarin and Nnamdi Ehirim Longlisted for the 2020 VCU Cabell First Novel Award

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Tope Folarin and Nnamdi Ehirim are both on the longlist of the 2020 VCU Cabell First Novel Award. The annual […]

Credo Mutwa, Celebrated South African Healer and Author, Dies at 98

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Credo Mutwa, celebrated South African traditional healer and author of several books, died following a period of ill health on […]

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