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Teju Cole Reflects On An Encounter With An Armed Robber In Lagos

A long while back, Teju Cole tweeted, while he was in Lagos, that he had being robbed. Granta has just published his account of the experience. You can find it in the recently issued Granta 124: Travel. The essay is titled “Water Has No Enemy”, clearly referencing Fela’s song titled “Water No Get Enemy.” There are […]

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Ibrahim’s Lovely Message To Fellow Caine Prize Shortlistees

Dear friends, old and new, Dear fellow travelers on this gilded path. The last few weeks have been amazing and the warm cascades of support and goodwill have astounded me. And on the saddle of your encouragement, I have journeyed this far. And so I bow this day before you and say, from the bottom of my […]

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If You Write Crime Fiction, Check Out The Daily Telegraph Writing Contest

I hope African crime fiction writers take this wonderful opportunity.   The Competition The new Telegraph Harvill Secker crime writing competition offers aspiring writers an unprecedented opportunity to be published at one of the country’s leading literary imprints, home to authors like Jo Nesbø, Fred Vargas, Stuart Neville and Henning Mankell, and receive a £5,000 […]

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From London With Love! Photos From the 2013 Africa Writes Book Festival

African writers and industry heavy weights gathered at the British Library, 96 Euston Road, from July 5 to 7 to celebrate and think about African writing and publishing. The occasion was the 2013 Africa Writes Book Festival convened by The Royal African Society. Michael Salu, Billy Kahora, Ike Anya and others were present. Ngugi wa […]

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Writer on Writer: Habila Criticizes Bulawayo’s We Need New Names

If I had to imagine the writing process of many African writers, it would look like this: they draw up a list of hot-button issues on Africa: failing economes, brain drain, ailing health care, corrupt governments, human trafficking, immigrant experience and so on. Then they write stories that comment, reflect, or capture these issues. It […]

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Film Adaptation of Soyinka’s Memoir Set For Release Next Year

Soyinka’s 1989 memoir, Ake: The Years of Childhood, is being adapted for film. Release date is July 13, 2014. Check out soyinkasakefilm.com to learn more about the project. The film adaptation will be directed by Yemi Akintokun, and according to the filmmaker, the project has been in development for many years, and was initially pushed as a […]

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PODCAST: Taiye Selasi at The 2013 Hay Festival

Taiye Selasi was among the all-female crew of African novelists on the bill of the recently concluded Hay Festival of Literature and Arts. The others were Aminatta Forna, Marie N’diaye, and Noviolet Bulawayo The Hay Festival is a popular event that draws literary celebrities—novelists, agents, critics, journalists, publishers—the world over to the Welsh town Hay-on-wye at the […]

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Teju Cole Wins Germany’s International Literary Prize

Congrats to Teju Cole! The German translation of his critically-acclaimed novel Open City won the 2013 International Literary Prize, a German award given to the best german translation of an international work. Cole goes home with the 25,000 euro prize while the translator Christine Richter-Nilsson gets 10, 000 euros. Cole is a Nigerian-American author living in […]

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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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