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A Triangle of Time and Aging | Ebenezer Agu | Nonfiction

During my evening walks, I always pass through moments which seem more the stuff of photography than the written word. There are stories in street corners, in things that, without keen observation, would be judged mundane. A toy sticking out of a refuse bag beside the road had once kicked my imagination into a range […]

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Read Chapter One of Nnedi Okorafor’s New Memoir, Broken Places & Outer Spaces: Finding Creativity in the Unexpected

Nnedi Okorafor’s memoir, Broken Places & Outer Spaces: Finding Creativity in the Unexpected, was published on 18 June, by Simon & Schuster imprint TED Books. It is her first book of nonfiction and her 15th book overall in 14 years, since her 2005 debut. In February, on Twitter, she described the 112-page book as a “memoir, […]

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Foreword to The Heart of the Matter: The Gerald Kraak Prize Anthology Vol. III | Otosirieze Obi-Young

The third Gerald Kraak Prize, for 2019, was awarded to the Nigerian writer OluTimehin Adegbeye in May. The Heart of the Matter, the anthology compiling the shortlisted entries for the 2019 prize, was published by Jacana Media. Here is its Foreword, by Otosirieze Obi-Young, republished with permission from Jacana Literary Foundation and The Other Foundation.  […]

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Binyavanga the Unconventional | Norbert Odero

I did not first experience Binyavanga the way I had wished to. I did so like a thief. I was fascinated by both his writing and his social media persona. Unconventional. His points were always distracted by more points. Sometimes he came back to the original idea. Sometimes he did not. Disappearing in a fuzzy […]

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Binyavanga, Briefly | Oris Aigbokhaevbolo

THERE ARE A number of things I have said frequently: —“Discovering Home” is the best-written short story to win the Caine Prize. —Why didn’t Nigerian writers care about prose the way Binyavanga did? —If established Nigerian writers behaved with younger writers the way Binyavanga did, our problems would be significantly reduced. I might have told […]

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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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SynCity NG Releases Anniversary Anthology, Introduced by Tendai Huchu, and Announces Prize Winners, Judged by Mukoma wa Ngugi & Leye Adenle

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In celebration of its one-year anniversary, the Nigeria-based African literature blog SynCity NG announced a prize and a call for […]

Ellah Wakatama Allfrey to Lead New Project for Artistic Partnership between University of Manchester and HOME

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As part of their three-year artistic partnership, the University of Manchester and the Manchester-based arts venue HOME have created a […]

ReWrite London Calls for Short Fiction Submissions from Black Women & Women of Colour

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ReWrite, the London-based platform for Black women and women of colour, founded in 2017 by the Congolese-British writer and facilitator […]

Sunday Times Announces Shortlists for South Africa’s Alan Paton Award & Barry Ronge Fiction Prize

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Sunday Times has announced the shortlists for the prestigious South African literary prizes: the Alan Paton Award, in its 30th […]

Patrice Nganang’s When the Plums Are Ripe, the Second in His Historical Fiction Trilogy, Tells the Story of Cameroon’s Forced Entry into World War II

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The Cameroonian writer and Stony Brook literature professor Patrice Nganang, who in 2017 was arrested for criticising the country’s 37-year-ruling […]

Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani, Jude Idada Lead 2019 NLNG Prize Longlist for Children’s Literature

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The Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG) Prize for Literature has announced its 2019 longlist, led by I Do Not Come […]

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