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Negritude Is Omnipresent in African Writing: On Its Birth, Rebellion, & Perceived Disappearance | D. S. Battistoli

I Earlier this year, in the context of an English-language debate on race consciousness in Africa, the topic of the Negritude movement came up briefly. The Zimbabwean-South African writer Panashe Chigumadzi wrote in her finely-argued essay, “Why I’m No Longer Talking to Nigerians About Race,” published in Africa Is a Country: Wọlé Sóyinká had been […]

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#WhyI’mTalkingAboutRace | On African Writers, Empathy, Woke Identity Politics, and Skewed Priorities | Ikhide R. Ikheloa

The South African writer Panashe Chigumadzi published an essay in Africa Is a Country, “Why I’m No Longer Talking to Nigerians About Race: On Writers, Empathy and (Black) Solidarity Politics,” which demands an uncomfortable conversation on race, Black, and African solidarity politics. Our #WhyI’mTalkingAboutRace series features responses. The first is by the Nigerian social and […]

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African Literary Digest: 101 Notable Pieces of 2018

It was inevitable: compiling a list as monstrous as this would consume time, cause a delay. But here we are. 2018 came with its own firsts and highs. A new major publishing house came on board: The Indigo Press, founded by the distinguished Zimbabwean editor and critic Ellah Allfrey. A new major magazine: Kabaka, dedicated to publishing queer-centered […]

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Charles Mungoshi’s Quiet Influence on Zimbabwean Literature | Tinashe Mushakavanhu

It is no exaggeration to say that Charles Mungoshi, who died on 16 February in Harare, aged 71, was one of the most important writers both in English and in a local language—in this case, Shona—to come out of Africa. Less flamboyant than his namesake Charles ‘Dambudzo’ Marechera, Mungoshi was a prose master of understated […]

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What Really Is Political Correctness? The LGBTQI+ Struggle, Western Reactionaries, and the Sociohistorical Context Encouraging a Literary Magazine to Provoke | Kamau Muiga

1. Every year thousands of students would pour into Nakuru Town’s Christ the King auditorium in all their cultural beauty to perform the dances, verses, plays and stories that carried the day at the zonal levels of the nationwide drama festival. Students from Njoro Boys High School, infamous all over Kenya for their rowdiness, would […]

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The Self-obsessed Nonfiction of Millennials: Thoughts on Relevance | Chinaecherem Ọbọọ

“Genre-bending”: that was the word used by the organisers to describe Kola Tubosun’s winning entry for the 2018 Miles Morland Writing Scholarship, a biographical work on Wole Soyinka. The book, as proposed, documents the iconic writer’s love for nature, his efforts at restoring natural habitats, “all the while paying tribute to the great body of […]

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Who Is More Left Than the Other? Growing McCarthyism and Fatima Bhutto’s Unfair Criticism of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie | Tee Ngugi

A year ago, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie found herself in the eye of a Leftwing storm. In an interview about feminism, she had said that transgender women who used to be men did not suffer discrimination to the same extent that women did. Feminists and transgender women were furious. They attacked her for seeming to suggest […]

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The Heart of It: Working Through Xenophobia in South Africa | Ruksana Elk

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READ: 15 Pieces to Guide Your Understanding of Xenophobia in (South) Africa Talking xenophobia with South Africans of all classes […]

The Brittle Paper Interview with the Caine Prize 2019 Winner: Lesley Nneka Arimah

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In July, Lesley Nneka Arimah received the 2019 Caine Prize, the award’s twentieth edition, for her short story “Skinned,” published […]

Hollywood or Nollywood? As Americanah TV Series Goes to HBO, Actress Stella Damasus Suggests Industry Slight & Chika Unigwe Responds

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The Americanah TV series adaptation, starring Lupita Nyong’o and written by Danai Gurira, has been ordered by HBO Max. The […]

15 Pieces to Guide Your Understanding of Xenophobia in (South) Africa

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Once again, this September, xenophobic violence was unleashed on other Africans, mostly Nigerians, in South Africa: businesses were closed, shops […]

Johary Ravaloson’s Return to the Enchanted Island Is the Second Novel from Madagascar to Be Translated into English

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In May 2018, we brought news of the first novel by a writer from Madagascar to be translated into English: […]

Sundays at Saint Steven’s | Davina Philomena Kawuma | Poetry

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when god runs out of money (how, no one says) once a week, these days, we come to where the […]

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