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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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Short Story Day Africa Announces 2019 Prize Theme: Disruption

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Short Story Day Africa has announced the theme for its 2019 Prize: “Disruption.” The prize will be open to submissions […]

Nnedi Okorafor, Tomi Adeyemi, Tiah Beautement, Tendai Huchu, Imraan Coovadia Make 28-Strong Shortlists for $3,000 Nommo Awards

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The shortlists for the 2019 Nommo Awards for Speculative Fiction by Africans have been announced. This comes weeks after the […]

50 Intellectuals, Including Wole Soyinka & Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Sign Letter to President Patrice Talon Calling for Fresh Elections in Benin Republic

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Professors Wole Soyinka and Henry Louis Gates, Jr. are among a group of 50 African and American intellectuals who have […]

Anticipation for Jennifer Makumbi’s Ongoing East Africa Book Tour, as New Collection Is Nominated for the 2019 Big Book Awards

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The Ugandan novelist Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi has begun her East Africa book tour to promote her new short story collection. […]

Books & Rhymes Podcast is Using Music to Inspire Readers of African Books

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Books & Rhymes, one of our favorite Instagram book review platforms, is expanding into the podcast scene, and we are […]

#PoetryTalk | Poetry is the Excavation of Hidden Things | Interview with Titilope Sonuga

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  Nigerian-Canadian poet, writer, and performer, Titilope Sonuga is the featured guest of this week’s #PoetryTalk interview series. We discuss […]

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