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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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What James Baldwin Means To Me | Sarah Ladipo Manyika

Sarah Ladipo Manyika’s “What James Baldwin Means To Me” first appeared in French in the March 2019 issue of Transfuge. * For twenty years, James Baldwin’s Collected Essays has sat close to my writing desk, closer than any other book I own. My edition was edited by the Nobel laureate Toni Morrison, which makes the book special […]

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

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 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 hilarity and the horror of Nigeria,” offering a sharply […]

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A Dead Deer from the Past | Romeo Oriogun | Memoir

WHEN HE PASSED BY ME FOR the first time, I was on my second glass of Venus Portion, a cocktail made out of ginger beer, vodka, cherries, and something else. I swear I wasn’t drunk, I swear he looked at me or maybe inside my head I made him look at me with his brown eyes. […]

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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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Abubakar Adam Ibrahim Is Not Hassan Reza: An Evening with the Novelist | Ikechukwu Ogbu

Abubakar Adam Ibrahim is now a national superstar. His first novel, Season of Crimson Blossoms, won the 2016 NLNG Nigeria Prize for Literature, which at $100,000 is Africa’s richest literary prize. For a book first published in Nigeria, it’s phenomenal that it’s gone on to be released in the UK, the US, India, and France, […]

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In Poetry: After LIPFest and Aké Festival, What Next for the Upcoming Nigerian Poet? | Ebenezer Agu 

The event corner of the Nigerian literary scene has again gone quiet after our two major literary festivals have come and passed. Aké Arts and Book Festival—in its sixth year—happened only four days before the Lagos International Poetry Festival—in its fourth year—both in Lagos. In the time that these festivals have existed, there has been […]

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Zimbabwean Mapping Project Documents the Movements of Dambudzo Marechera in Harare

An unusual mapping project has documented the movements of Dambudzo Marechera in Harare. “Home Means Nothing to Me,” published in the June 2018 issue of Chimurenga’s The Chronic titled “The Invention of Zimbabwe,” is the brainchild of three Zimbabwean creatives: Tinashe Mushakavanhu, Nontsikelelo Mutiti, and Simba Mafundikwa. Their work was shortlisted for the 2018 Brittle Paper Award for […]

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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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