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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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Yrsa Daley-Ward’s The Terrible Makes Vogue’s Must-Read Books of 2018

Nigerian-Jamaican model-turned-Instapoet Yrsa Daley-Ward’s memoir The Terrible: A Storyteller’s Memoir has been named among Vogue magazine’s Must-Read Books of 2018. The follow up to her 2014 debut, the poetry collection bone, the 224-page book was published by Penguin in June and is part prose, part verse. Here is what Vogue‘s Hayley Maitland said about it: In a combination […]

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At the Purple Hibiscus Trust Workshop | Clementine Ewokolo-Burnley

There is water everywhere, a skyline, tall buildings, twinkling lights, pleasure craft behind locked gates. Leaning back in the taxi, I relax. I’m in Lagos, on my way to the Purple Hibiscus Trust Workshop. Twenty-two writers, ten days, reading, writing, critiques, eating, arguing, bonding. The email on November 7, which started with “Dear Clementine” and […]

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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 […]

Read the First Excerpt from Petina Gappah’s New Novel, Out of Darkness, Shining Light

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Petina Gappah‘s new novel Out of Darkness, Shining Light was released on 10 September by Simon & Schuster imprint Scribner. […]

We Need To Talk | Muriel Adhiambo | Fiction

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IT WAS A warm, humid night in the lakeside city of Kisumu. Under a starless sky, the women, seated on […]

For World Diabetes Day, Miss BloodSugar Calls for Entries to Competition & Anthology Sponsored by Bella Naija

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Press release: What’s your diabetes story? Are you diabetic? Have you been impacted by the experiences of a family/friend/patient with […]

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