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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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My Mother’s Unknowing Son | Theophilus Sokuma | Poetry

  Mother is a praying hand & a spitting tongue of fire. Her knees have become tree roots after endless hours of being buried in the earth. Her face ashy red from the nonstop incense burning. She spits fire from her tongue, sending them to the devils lurking around. The devil that I think I […]

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The Day Dorothy Disappeared | Dimakatso Sedite | Poetry

  Content Warning: This poem contains depictions of physical violence.   He enters her kitchen like a wind from Namibia Pots clank in fear. Her face, a mature firm fruit, becomes a fracture. There he stands, a rod on two legs; She wilts, like a peach forgotten to be picked. Her fear is shreds of […]

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Love’s Pure Light | Victor Adams | Fiction

    Chigozie sat by the palm tree overlooking the stream, counting the seconds as he waited. The evening breeze felt cool against his skin. The skyline above him was a dull orange gauze as the sun fell from its majestic throne above the earth and the sky’s creatures flew in waves as they receded […]

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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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Your Back Turned | Abbey Khambule | Fiction

  You plant my tiny feet in a flowerbed white with clouds of lilies of the Nile. A gust of cold wind twirls dead leaves fallen off the master’s winter tree back onto the deck you had just swept clean. And, while the cats skirt round the edge of the garden reluctant to wet their […]

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Bana Dede | Nana Yaa A. Asante-Darko | Poetry

  Your body is the last house left in a ghost town whose inhabitants took their good time to practise their segue, make their departure thorough, and sound like a tribute to reluctance they stayed the years it took to exorcise the idea of a revenant and scrub clean memory off your walls all what’s […]

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Ellah Wakatama Allfrey & Bibi Bakare-Yusuf Join the Royal Society of Literature as Honourary Fellows

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Caine Prize chair Ellah Wakatama Allfrey and Cassava Republic Press co-founder Bibi Bakare-Yusuf have been inducted into the UK’s Royal […]

The Inaugural Africa Writes – Bristol Festival, an Offshoot of Africa Writes in London, Set for Seven Days of Performances, Panels, Launches & Workshops

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In 2017, Africa Writes, the UK’s biggest festival celebrating African literature, moved beyond London for the first time, organizing pop-up […]

Earn €1,500 at Goethe-Institut’s U-40 Writers’ Residencies in Burkina Faso | How to Apply

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The Goethe-Institut/Bureau de liaison in Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso, has called for applications to its new 2019/2020 residencies […]

Molara Ogundipe, Poet, Editor, & Founder of the Stiwanist Movement in Feminism, Passes on at 78

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The Nigerian professor, poet, critic, editor, activist and leading feminist thinker Molara Ogundipe has passed on at 78. She died […]

Namwali Serpell on Using a Swarm of Mosquitoes as Narrator in Her New Novel, The Old Drift

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Namwali Serpell’s debut novel The Old Drift has been a hit with critics. Hailed as the Great Zambian Novel and […]

Nnedi Okorafor’s Broken Places & Outer Spaces, Her 15th Book in 14 Years and First of Nonfiction, Now Available

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Nnedi Okorafor’s memoir, Broken Places & Outer Spaces: Finding Creativity in the Unexpected, was published yesterday, 18 June, by Simon […]

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