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Submit to Rising Literary Blog Syncity NG’s One-Year Anniversary Prose Anthology and Competition, to Be Judged by Mukoma wa Ngugi and Leye Adenle

Rising literary blog Syncity NG will be celebrating its one-year anniversary with a prose competition and anthology. The competition, which comes with cash prizes and editing opportunities, will be judged by Mukoma wa Ngugi and Leye Adenle. Syncity NG was founded in 2017 by the Nigerian writer Cynthia Osuchukwu and is managed by Ama Udofa, also […]

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Elnathan John’s Be(com)ing Nigerian: A Guide Is the Satirical Commentary You Want to Read Ahead of Nigeria’s February Elections

Nigerian novelist Elnathan John’s forthcoming book is the satirical commentary you want to read ahead of Nigeria’s February 16 elections. Portraying “the different Nigerians you are likely to meet at home and abroad, on your way to heaven or to hell,” Be(com)ing Nigerian: A Guide “moves between the sublime and the ridiculous, and deftly captures both the […]

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Enkare Review Faces Backlash Over Graphic Short Story Comparing Paedophilia to Queerness

Twenty-six hours ago, Enkare Review magazine released its first issue of 2019, styled the Inclusivity Issue. Within minutes, backlash brewed on social media. A short story in the issue by Jekwu Anyaegbuna—a short story which we have decided not to name or link—is told by an unapologetic paedophile and contains graphic description of children’s bodies and […]

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Attend Narrative Landscape Press and Page & Palette’s Abuja Book Events for Oyinkan Braithwaite’s My Sister, the Serial Killer

Publishing company Narrative Landscape Press and book promoter Page & Palette will be organizing two events around Oyinkan Braithwaite’s hot new novel My Sister, the Serial Killer in Abuja. The novel is published in Nigeria by Narrative Landscape Press. The events—a book reading and signing at The Cafe NG on February 1 and a Brunch and […]

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On the Shutdown of Zimbabwe | Tinashe Tafirenyika

The television is on mute, I can’t switch it off because I need the illusion of company. Everyone turned in early tonight. I am restless. In four days I’ve barely left the house, I almost miss my low-paying dead-end job. At least it gives me some sense of purpose. Today was particularly hard, with the […]

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Chimamanda Adichie Shares Photo with Wole Soyinka, Says He Is Her Guiding Light

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie posted a photo of herself with Wole Soyinka on Instagram yesterday, describing him as her “guiding light.” The photo, taken by Eghosa Imasuen, has her in a dress by Lagos-based clothing store Heritage, with a handmade bag by Y’ray Designs. While her nieces run her Instagram, this post seems to have been […]

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Photos | Page & Palette Hosts Reading of Frankie Edozien’s Lives of Great Men in Abuja

Last December, Abuja bookstore Page & Palette hosted a reading of Chike Frankie Edozien’s memoir Lives of Great Men. Published in the US by Team Angelica, in South Africa by Jacana Media, and in Nigeria by Ouida Books, Lives of Great Men is the first memoir by a Nigerian about LGBTQ+ life. It received the […]

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Mauritanian Blogger Mohamed Mkhaïtir Has Now Been in Jail for 5 Years

In December 2013, Mauritanian blogger Mohamed Mkhaïtir wrote a blogpost criticizing his country’s government for using religion to discriminate against minorities. On 5 January 2014, he was arrested and, with no lawyer, charged with “apostasy and insulting the prophet,” and sentenced to death—a decision that was subsequently reversed. He has now been in jail for five […]

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GoFundMe | Donate to Help Egyptian Writer and Feminist Icon Nawal El Saadawi Undergo Medical Care

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The Egyptian writer and feminist icon Nawal El Sadaawi is ill. To foot her medical bills, a GoFundMe appeal was […]

Every Poem Needs Time to Breathe and Become | Interview with Echezonachukwu Nduka

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  Echezonachukwu Nduka is a Nigerian poet, classical pianist, and musicologist. His poems have appeared in several publications including Saraba, […]

Writing and the Burden of Public Grief: In Conversation with Hawa Jande Golakai, Winner of the 2017 Brittle Paper Award for Creative Nonfiction

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Hawa Jande Golakai was born in Frankfurt, Germany, and spent her childhood in her homeland of Liberia, later living in […]

How to Be a Nigerian Writer: Excerpt from Elnathan John’s Be(com)ing Nigerian: A Guide 

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On February 6, Cassava Republic Press published Elnathan John’s Be(com)ing Nigerian: A Guide in Nigeria. Portraying “the different Nigerians you are likely […]

Catalyst Press Books Gears Up for North America Releases of Peter Church’s Crackerjack and Yewande Omotoso’s Bom Boy 

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On February 26, US-based publisher Catalyst Press Books will be releasing North America editions of the South African novelist Peter […]

PHOTOS | The Asmara Addis Literary Festival in Exile: a Pan-African Event for Feminism, Free Love, and Radical Ideas

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The inaugural Asmara Addis Literary Festival in Exile was held from 8–10 February 2019, in Brussels, Belgium. Founded by Eritrean-Ethiopian novelist […]

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