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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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VIDEO | Brown University’s Tribute to Achebe

  Achebe was the Marianna Fisher University professor and professor of Africana studies at Brown University from 2009 until his passing. Every year, he would convene the Achebe Colloquium on Africa, a conference that gathered scholars, experts, and government officials from various parts of the world for an intense two-day discussion on African matters. Last year’s […]

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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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