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Leonardo DiCaprio Acquires Beukes’ Shining Girls for TV

Congratulations to Africa’s Sci-fi queen Lauren Beukes. Rights for Shinning Girls have been acquired by Media Rights Capital and Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way Productions. Hollywood Reporter officially broke the new news a few days ago.  A while back, Beukes announced that she was in talks about the rights for the novel, but I wasn’t expect something this big. Don’t expect […]

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PHOTOS: Caine Prize Shortlistee Chinelo Okparanta Visits Uzbekistan

Chinelo Okparanta, Nigerian Caine Prize shortlistee, just returned from her visit to Uzbekistan. The visit was sponsored by the U.S. State Department Writer Envoy Program and the International Writing Program at Iowa. It was a 9-day visit during which Chinelo, alongside three other American writers, held reading engagements, visited literary institutions, and met up with Uzbek […]

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RIP Achebe! View Photos from Achebe’s Funeral

Chinua Achebe was buried yesterday at his hometown in Ogidi, Anambra state.  Thousands of well-wishers came out to pay their last respects to a man who gave Africa so much. President Goodluck Jonathan attended in the company of Ghana’s President Mahama. The funeral had a heavy political presence. Ministers, governors, and senators were present in […]

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VIDEO | Chimamanda Chats With Granta Editor Ellah Allfrey

Chimamanda Adichie chats with Ellah Allfrey, the deputy editor of Granta Magazine. She speaks about where the power of fiction lies, why love stories matter, and how in writing Americanah she essentially writes the book about race that she has always wanted to read.  Also watch out for a funny anecdote she shares of a Lagos dentist […]

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Contempo African Writing? There’s An App For That

If Africans receive and consume media through the Internet using cell-phones, why bother about getting your writing to African readers through print format? Why go through the ordeal of printing books that your audience cannot afford? Kwani?, a Kenyan literary journal, has been thinking along these lines and are working with tech experts to create […]

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EVENT: Ngugi wa Thiong’o Headlining Royal African Society’s Africa Writes

In anticipation of Kenya’s 50th anniversary of independence, the Royal African Society and the British Library are teeming up to host an East Africa flavored Africa Writes. Ngugi Wa Thiong’o is headlining the literary festival alongside a line up of novelists from the East Africa region. There’ll be panel discussions, book launches, poetry and musical performances and […]

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Adichie Versus Cinderella

Chimamanda Adichie is a girlie girl at heart. Like many of us, she grew up on the romance fiction series called Mills & Boon even though she now condemns the inherent misogyny in many of these stories.  In the weeks leading up to the official release of her third novel, Americanah, her feminism has, however, […]

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Toni Kan on The Dangers of Living and Blogging in Lagos

  Apparently blogging has become a hazard in Lagos. How do you make sure that your face is not the one on the newspaper with the headline: “Lagos Blogger Kidnapped?” Nigerian novelist and PR executive, Toni Kan, shares a few words of advice.  It was a hot and somnolent afternoon. I had taken the day […]

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What Will Post-pandemic Fiction Look Like?

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Inevitably, every major global event affects the cultural production coming after it. So what will literature produced after and about […]

Memento, New Anthology Edited by Adedayo Agarau, Collects Notable Voices in Contemporary Nigerian Poetry 

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The American publisher Animal Heart Press has released an anthology of Nigerian poetry. Titled Memento: An Anthology of Contemporary Nigerian […]

Join Down River Road Magazine’s Virtual Book Club, Currently Reading Gabriel Garcia Marquez | #drrbookclub

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down river road, the new Nairobi-based magazine exploring the alternative in literature, music, and visual art, has launched an online […]

The 8 Writers & Journalists on OkayAfrica’s 100 Women List 2020

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OkayAfrica has released its 2020 “100 Women” list celebrating “extraordinary women from Africa and the diaspora making waves across a […]

Submit to WriteNow Magazine 3rd Edition on the Theme of Quarantine

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WriteNow is a creative writing NGO that was founded in 2017 by Nigerian writer and poet Kehinde Badiru. In partnership […]

Highlights from the Afrolit Sans Frontières Virtual Literary Festival

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In this interminable era of social distancing, social media has emerged not only as a network for writers and creators […]

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