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NoViolet Bulawayo Says She’s Still Dizzy From The News Of Booker Longlist

“We Need New Names is only my first novel so this is such a huge deal, downright humbling stuff that I wasn’t expecting hence my shock when I first heard – I didn’t even know my book had been entered. I’m still a little dizzy from it, but I’ve been processing the news and it has […]

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Brittle Paper is 3 Years Old Today!

  Let me stammer my life Down your endless lane. — Wole Soyinka, “Song: Deserted Markets,” Idanre and Other Poems Image via

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3 Days of Achebe! Mail&Guardian Sponsors Achebe-Inspired Literary Event in Johannesburg

From August 30 to September 1, enthusiasts of African literature and politics will gather at the historic Market Theatre in Johannesburg and listen to sessions on politics, literature, and art inspired by Achebe’s work. Mail&Guardian, South Africa’s premier newspaper, is the major sponsor of the literary event. Subtitled Achebe’s Children: Africa’s Suspended Revolutions, “the festival will […]

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Video | “Adichie’s Metaphysical Empire”? Ngugi Interviewed on BBC’s Hardtalk

To write or not to in an African language. 40 years later, that is the question still bugging Ngugi wa Thiongo. In this video, he speaks on the place of language and translation in contemporary African fiction while being interviewed by  Gavin Esler of Hardtalk Extra, the art-centered version of the popular BBC talk show […]

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After 8 Million Dollars, The Trailer For Half Of A Yellow Sun Is Out

Gasps of delight as I watched the trailer for the film adaptation of Half of A Yellow Sun. The movie is the artistic vision of novelist turned director, Biyi Bandele. Chiwetel Ejiofor looks divine as Odenigbo. His accent is so on point I get goose bumps listening to him speak. Thandie Newton and Anika Noni […]

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Iconic San Francisco Publishing House Re-issues Forest Of A Thousand Daemons

A new edition of Forest of a Thousand Daemons is set for release on the 3rd of September. It’s truly a big deal that the work is being republished by City Lights Books, an iconic San Francisco publishing house known for publishing edgy and boundary-pushing writing. Forest of a Thousand Daemons written by D. O. […]

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All Fiction Aside…Stop The Nigerian Senate From Making Under-Age Marriage The Law

As strange as this sounds, it’s not fiction. The Nigerian Senate just approved language that would remove the protection for young women and girls from repeatedly being rape in the guise of early marriage. New York-based Guttmacher Institute’s study reports that the Nigerian authorities have been failing to implement sexual health education for decades and […]

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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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Nnedi Okorafor’s LaGuardia Wins 2020 Hugo Award for Best Graphic Story or Comic

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Nigeria’s Nnedi Okorafor is on a roll! Barely two weeks since bagging an Eisner Award, Okarafor wins the coveted Hugo […]

Ugandan Novelist Jennifer Makumbi on All-Female Short Story Prize Longlist

Jennifer Makumbi on All-Female Short Story Prize Longlist

Celebrated Ugandan author Jennifer Makumbi is on the longlist of the 2020 Edge Hill Short Story Prize for her debut […]

Is Oedipus Rex a Form of Detective Fiction? — Watch Episode 5 of Prof. Ato Quayson’s Vlog

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The fifth episode of Professor Ato Quayson’s vlog Critic.Reading.Writing is up! As the literary vlog enters its fifth week, Quayson […]

Wole Soyinka Writes Letter of Solidarity for Detained Humanist Mubarak Bala

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Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka has never hesitated to speak out in the face of injustice. He recently penned a letter […]

Kenyan Filmmaker Wanuri Kahiu and Ghanaian American Playwright Jocelyn Bioh Collaborating on a Disney+ Project

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Wanuri Kahiu will direct the Disney+ film adaptation of the Broadway musical, Once on This Island, reports Hollywood Reporter. Ghanaian-American […]

Treasure is a New Novella by Oyinkan Braithwaite

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Calling all fans of My Sister, the Serial Killer! Oyinkan Braithwaite has a new novella out. Titled Treasure, the book […]

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