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The 2000s-10s Generation of Nigerian Writers Has Failed Politically | Michael Chiedoziem Chukwudera

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1. At the Ake Arts and Books Festival in Lagos last October, the novelist Helon Habila said something about identifying as a “Nigerian writer.” “It is easier to identify as, say, an Igbo writer than a Nigerian writer,” he said. “This nation is a colonial construct; it was arbitrarily created; so, calling yourself a ‘Nigerian […]

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Americanah TV Series: Chinonye Chukwu to Direct First Two Episodes, Corey Hawkins Joins Cast as Blaine

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Chinonye Chukwu, the Igbo-born director of last year’s Sundance award-winning film Clemency, will be directing the first two episodes of the Americanah TV series, HBO Max has announced. This comes a day after Corey Hawkins joined the cast as Ifemelu’s Yale professor boyfriend Blaine. Based on Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s third novel, the 10-episode limited series, optioned […]

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Photos | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Is the Inaugural Recipient of the ILFU Festival’s Belle van Zuylen ring

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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has been honoured with the inaugural Belle van Zuylen ring, an award by the ILFU International Literature Festival in Utrecht, the Netherlands. The recognition, named after the Dutch writer Belle Van Zuylen, is for her engagement with the world and its thought patterns. At the event, she delivered the Belle van Zuylen […]

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It Is 50 Years Since Nigeria’s Biafran War: Here Are Books to Read

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In July 1967, the then seven-year-old state of Nigeria went to war in its eastern region against the newly seceded state of Biafra, with a population mostly Igbo but also Ijaw, Efik, and Ibibio, among others. The 30-month conflict, which left up to two million civilians dead in the region, is the darkest moment for […]

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Hulu Orders TV Adaptation of Nnedi Okorafor’s Binti, To Be Co-written by Her & Watchmen Screenwriter Stacy Osei-Kuffour

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The American network Hulu has ordered a TV series adaptation of Nnedi Okorafor‘s novella Binti, reports The Hollywood Reporter. The show, to be run by former HBO executive Michael Ellenberg and his Media Res studio, will have its script co-written by the Naijamerican novelist and the screenwriter Stacy Osei-Kuffour, whose credits include HBO’s Watchmen and […]

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‘Gbenga Adeoba’s Debut Collection, Exodus, Tenderly Navigates Memory, History, & Displacement | Forthcoming March 2020

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The Nigerian poet ‘Gbenga Adeoba has his debut full-length collection forthcoming in March 2020. Titled Exodus, the 78-page book, which won the 2019 Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets, comes with a foreword by African Poetry Book Fund editor Kwame Dawes, and will be released through the University of Nebraska Press’ African Poetry Book […]

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Los Angeles Review of Books Feature Explores How Queer Nigerian Writers Are Reclaiming the Male Body

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Los Angeles Review of Books has published a feature exploring how queer Nigerian writers are portraying the male body. Entitled “Queer Nigerians Rewrite the Body,” and written by the American journalist and World Literature Today contributing editor Erik Gleibermann, the essay highlights the push-back from a new generation of self-conscious artists against stereotypical narratives that […]

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Historian & Filmmaker David Olusoga Is Making a Documentary on African Literature for BBC

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The Nigerian-British historian and filmmaker David Olusoga is making a documentary on African literature for the BBC. The feature, which will be released in 2021, will focus on the works of, among others, Buchi Emecheta, Ayi Kwei Armah, Chinua Achebe, and Ngugi wa Thiong’o. Olusoga, who is Professor of Public History at the University of […]

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Apply to Africa Is a Country’s $3,000 Fellowship Program for Intellectual & Cultural Producers of Africa-Related Knowledge

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The political and intellectual culture platform Africa Is a Country (AIAC) has announced its inaugural Fellowship Program, “of up to […]

Oxford English Dictionary Recognizes West African English, Adds 29 Nigerian Words & Senses

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Oxford English Dictionary has recognized West African English, bringing its number of World Englishes to 15, including Australian, Canadian, Caribbean, Hong Kong, Irish, […]

100 Most Influential Young Nigerians: Otosirieze Obi-Young, Arit Okpo, Kiki Mordi, Richard Akuson & Olutimehin Adegbeye Make Avance Media’s List

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Brittle Paper’s Deputy Editor Otosirieze Obi-Young has been named one of the “100 Most Influential Young Nigerians” in 2019 by […]

For Working Class Writers & Refugees, Sulaiman Addonia Is Giving Out 40 Free Tickets to the Asmara Addis Festival

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When writing is described as an elitist profession, critics mean that opportunities in the field are determined by access, which […]

Modern Sudanese Poetry | New Anthology Spans Six Decades of Sudanese History & Cultural Intersections

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Modern Sudanese Poetry: An Anthology, translated and edited by the Sudanese poet Adil Babikir, was published in paperback in September […]

Chuma Nwokolo Compensated in Plagiarism Lawsuit Against High Definition Film Studio, Shares More Stories of Plagiarism of His Work

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In November 2019, the Nigerian author Chuma Nwokolo called out Nollywood filmmaker Bright Wonder Obasi for using sections of his […]

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