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Writing Black Canadas | Transition’s Issue 124 Has Wole Soyinka, Profiles Toni Morrison

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Transition magazine has announced its Issue 124. Titled “Writing Black Canadas,” the issue marks the Canadian confederation’s 150th anniversary and celebrates over four hundred years of Black presence in Canada. It contains a profile of Toni Morrison by Sarah Ladipo Manyika and a tribute to F. Abiola Irele by Wole Soyinka. In issue 124, “Writing Black Canadas,” […]

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A Masterpiece | Diriye Osman Weighs Juliane Okot Bitek’s Poetry Collection 100 Days

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Juliane Okot Bitek’s Poetry Collection, 100 Days, was published last year. The poems were “inspired by the quiet homage to the 1994 Rwanda Genocide that Wangechi Mutu started posting on social media on April 6” of 2016. As Mutu posted her photographs, Bitek wrote a poem a day. In a new piece in Huffington Post, […]

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The Single Story Foundation’s First Issue Is Here

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The Single Story Foundation (TSSF) journal has released its first issue. Founded by Murewa Olubela, the journal is a nonprofit that provides storytelling opportunities for Africans at home and in diaspora and publishes fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, and essays. Its Executive Board includes Chris Abani, Taiye Selasi, Chika Unigwe, Okey Ndibe, and Murewa Olubela. This issue has Tiah Beautement as Managing […]

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Yaa Gyasi’s Homegoing (Nearly) Claims Its Fourth Award of 2017

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Yaa Gyasi’s hot debut novel, Homegoing, just fell short of bagging its fourth award of 2017, following wins of the National Book Critics Circle Award’s John Leonard Prize, the 2017 PEN Hemingway Award for Debut Fiction, and the American Book Awards. It was named runner-up for the 2017 Dayton Literary Peace Prize for fiction, ceding […]

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Get Ready for the 2017 Lagos International Poetry Festival, Featuring Chris Abani and Koleka Putuma

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The 2017 Lagos International Poetry Festival is around the corner. The event, themed “Bridges From Walls,” will bring together 30 poets, writers and artists from around the world, in a feast of conversations, performances, and parties, from 1-5 November. Among this year’s star guests are Chris Abani and rising South African poet Koleka Putuma. Founded in 2015 […]

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The Brittle Paper Award for Fiction: Meet the Nominees

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To mark our seventh anniversary on August 1, 2017, we announced the inaugural Brittle Paper Literary Awards, to recognize the finest, original pieces of African writing published online. The awards come in five categories: Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction, Essays/Think Pieces, and the Anniversary Award for works published on our blog. The winners in the fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction and essays/think pieces […]

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Ikeogu Oke Awarded the 2017 NLNG Prize for His Poetry Collection The Heresiad

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Ikeogu Oke has been awarded the 2017 NLNG Prize for his poetry collection, The Heresiad. Alongside him on the shortlist were Tanure Ojaide, for Songs of Myself: Quartet, and Ogaga Ifowodo, for A Good Mourning. The longlist had eleven poets.​ At $100,000, the NLNG Prize for Literature is the richest in Africa, and honours a published book […]

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Expound Magazine Releases Its 11th Issue

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Expound magazine has released its Issue No 11. The magazine, known for its visually arresting covers, chose this time to flip cover image upside down. There are short stories: Yejide Kilanko’s “Chasing Butterflies,” Matt Weatherbee’s “No,” Tolu Daniels’ “The Unkindness of Ravens,” Richard Krause’s “Another Zoo Story.” There is poetry: Ejiofor Ugwu’s “Christmas Party or […]

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The 2017 Brittle Paper Literary Awards: The Winners

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The Brittle Paper Literary Awards is our way of recognizing the finest, original pieces of literature by Africans available online […]

Brittle Paper Poet, Ademola Enoch, Wins Goal.com’s Essay Contest

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Early September, we announced the football essay contest organised by Goal.com Nigeria. We are elated to announce now that the […]

The Brittle Paper Award for Creative Nonfiction/Memoir: Meet the Nominees

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To mark our seventh anniversary on August 1, 2017, we announced the inaugural Brittle Paper Literary Awards, to recognize the finest, original pieces of […]

PHOTOS | Book Launch of Dr. Kehinde A. Ayoola’s Awaken! A Compilation of Scriptures

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On Sunday, September 17th, US-based Nigerian author Dr. Kehinde Ayoola celebrated the publication of her new book with friends, family, […]

Chike Frankie Edozien’s Lives of Great Men | Inside Nigeria’s First Memoir About LGBTQ Life

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Chike Frankie Edozien, professor of journalism at New York University, has a remarkable book forthcoming. The memoir, titled Lives of […]

Africa39 Author and Caine Prize Winner Mary Watson’s New Novel Arrives in 2018

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Mary Watson, Africa39 author and winner of the 2008 Caine Prize, will have her third book released in February 2018. […]

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