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Down River Road, a New Print & Online Magazine Exploring the Alternative in Literature, Music, & Visual Art, Calls for Submissions to Second Issue

A new Nairobi-based print and online magazine, down river road, is exploring the margins, the shifting centers, and the new spaces through literature, music, and visual art. In an email to Brittle Paper, one of its editors Frankline Sunday described it as being interested in “alternative forms of creating and expression.” Its first print issue, […]

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Dr Stella Nyanzi Wins Appeal at Ugandan Court, Regains Freedom, But Is Possibly Re-arrested

Dr Stella Nyanzi is free. The academic, feminist and queer rights advocate has been in prison for criticising Uganda’s long-serving president Yoweri Museveni. She was found guilty of “cyber harassment” against President Museveni in August 2019 and sentenced to 18 months in prison. Nyanzi, through her lawyers, appealed her conviction and sentence, citing unfairness and […]

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Apply for This Fully-funded Creative Writing Scholarship at the University of East Anglia, Sponsored by the Miles Morland Foundation

The Miles Morland Foundation African Writers’ Scholarship is currently accepting accepting applications for its 2020 program. It is an initiative of the Miles Morland Foundation, which also administers the prestigious and separate Morland Writing Scholarship. This Scholarship is awarded to a postgraduate student within the University of East Anglia’s School of Literature, Drama and Creative […]

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Chinelo Okparanta Recalls Her First Teenage Crush

“I was 16 years old, nearly 17, when a boy first expressed interest in me. Or, maybe it was that I was 16, nearly 17, when I first took notice of a boy’s interest in me.” This is how Chinelo Okparanta’s recollection of her first teenage crush begins. In a piece for Freeman’s magazine, republished […]

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Namwali Serpell, Maaza Mengiste & Marlon James Are Finalists for Los Angeles Times Book Prizes

Finalists for the Los Angeles Times Book Prizes have been announced. The Ethiopian novelist Maaza Mengiste is nominated in the Fiction category for her second novel The Shadow King, which is set during the second Italo-Ethiopian war and centers on women who fought in it. The Zambian novelist Namwali Serpell is nominated in the Ray […]

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Romeo Oriogun Shares Heartfelt, Powerful Personal Story as Anticipation Peaks for His Debut Poetry Collection, Sacrament of Bodies

Romeo Oriogun’s debut poetry collection Sacrament of Bodies is still some 12 days away from its March 1 publication date but the anticipation is reaching fever-pitch. Sacrament of Bodies interrogates queerness, masculinity, and Nigerianness, and is a meditation on pain, love, joy, and how we overcome. The book has some big fans in Ilya Kaminsky […]

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New Poetry Anthology, Wreaths for a Wayfarer, Published in Honour of Pius Adesanmi

A new poetry anthology, Wreaths for a Wayfarer, has been published in honour of Pius Adesanmi, who passed on in March 2019. Edited by Uchechukwu Umezurike and Nduka Otiono, the book will be released in North America by the Canadian press Daraja Press. Its Nigerian edition will be published later in the year by Narrative […]

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Existence as Protest | Nigerian Visual Artist-Writer Osinachi’s Debut Solo Show Set for Kate Vasse Galerie, Zurich, with Foreword by Jason Bailey | March 2020

The Nigerian visual artist and writer Osinachi is set for his debut solo show. Themed “Osinachi: Existence as Protest,” it aims to provoke critical thinking while challenging preconceived norms. In his usual distinct style, Osinachi uses colorful art to offer an alternative interpretation to literature, politics, and ordinary living. The show will be held at […]

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Tomi Adeyemi Brings Black Girl Magic and Nigerian Excellence to Maison Valentino

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Last week, Italian fashion house Maison Valentino premiered its short film series entitled “In Conversation With” on YouTube featuring Nigerian-American […]

Between Colours, Senses, Words and Worlds: Harry Garuba’s Transition | Katleho Kano Shoro | Poetry

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For Professor Harry Garuba You are in a lime green, waterproof jacket hooded. Restlessly standing on the pavement— overhead: grey […]

Laila Lalami’s Forthcoming Memoir Conditional Citizens Recounts Her Journey from Moroccan Immigrant to U.S. Citizen

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Moroccan-American author Laila Lalami has a new book forthcoming on April 28, 2020 from Pantheon Books. Titled Conditional Citizens, the […]

Neighbors (A Quarantine-Themed Fiction) | E. C. Osondu

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My neighbor Vinny Capriani is a great neighbor. I’m happy to have him as one. I live in a state […]

Tope Folarin and Nnamdi Ehirim Longlisted for the 2020 VCU Cabell First Novel Award

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Tope Folarin and Nnamdi Ehirim are both on the longlist of the 2020 VCU Cabell First Novel Award. The annual […]

Credo Mutwa, Celebrated South African Healer and Author, Dies at 98

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Credo Mutwa, celebrated South African traditional healer and author of several books, died following a period of ill health on […]

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