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Bantu’s Swahili, or How to Steal a Language from Africa | Kamau Muiga

Arriving on the East African coast to shoot his 1999 PBS documentary series Wonders of the African World, Harvard University Africana scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr. interviewed Sheikh Badawi, “one of Lamu’s most venerable Islamic scholars,” asking him whether Lamu, the oldest Swahili town in Kenya, is an Arab or African civilization. It has been […]

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Two Mothers | Omotoyosi Salami | Poetry

I wake to my mother’s face contorted in prayer. she speaks all the names of my creator, praising Her. my mother’s tongue is a holy book parting in two, one end loving me spoiled, the other bringing me back to the face of God. in my grandmother’s house, I wake up to her kneeling for […]

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The Tyre | Raul Bimenyimana | Fiction

Felix went to each of the contestants, all three of them, and made them move their right extended feet so that they nearly touched the not-so-straight line that he had made on the ground with a stick. Having made sure that there was no room for foul play, Felix glanced once more at their feet […]

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#SSDA2018 | Review of Tochukwu Emmanuel Okafor’s All Our Lives | Mapule Mohulatsi

We announced that we would begin publishing reviews of the top three stories from the Short Story Day Africa Prize. The stories, alongside 18 others, appear in ID: New Short Fiction from Africa, edited by Nebila Abdulmelik, Otiene Owino, and Helen Moffett, and published by New Internationalist (UK & USA). ID is out in bookstores and on Amazon […]

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Mid-Life Crisis of a Major God II | Stanley Princewill McDaniels | Poetry

– As for life turning out to be all what no one ever wanted it to, how we surely confuse existence with, say, finding the meaning of life – an object around which everything gathers & ungathers like a crowd, or how a major god searches for Heaven in the body of another, as for […]

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My Greatest Inspiration in Filmmaking: Kunle Afolayan | Onyeka Nwelue

As the Africa Film Trinidad & Tobago opens tomorrow, my first fictional Igbo Language feature film, Agwaetiti Obiuto, will screen on 24 July in Port of Spain. I was there last year where my documentary film, The House of Nwapa, which was nominated in the Best Documentary Category of the 2017 Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA), was screened, and during the […]

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Dear Queer Nigerian Writers | Hugo kaCanham

Dear Queer Nigerian Writers, I love you. I have come to know you by way of the Gerald Kraak Anthologies. Through the love you gave to “The Clumsy Binyavanga Wainaina in Johannesburg.” And through your chronicles on Facebook. I am a southerner from the foot of the continent. If we are the sole of Africa, […]

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Twelve Sins & Makoko | Two Poems by Othuke Umukoro

Twelve Sins janvier, 1990: name and claim. At least that is how it begins with boys like me who entered the world backward. février, 2020: in my father’s house my mother wears fear round her neck like a golden bell and with each step my father’s thunderous tolling on her skin—like that time she shaved […]

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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Purple Hibiscus Turns 15: The Best Moments of a Modern Classic

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“It wasn’t the first novel I wrote,” Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie told the audience at the University of Nairobi, during her […]

Quramo Writers’ Prize 2018 Unveils Top 5 Finalists

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Lagos – 10/10/18: Quramo Publishing has unveiled the Top 5 finalists of the Quramo Writers’ Prize 2018, two weeks after […]

Enter for the K & L Prize for African Literature

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Submissions have begun for the 2019 K & L Prize for African Literature. The $1,000 prize, which is in its […]

The 2018 African Literature Association (ALA) Book Awards | Call for Nominations

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Submissions have begun for the 2018 African Literature Association (ALA) Book Awards. The deadline for submissions is 1 November 2018. The […]

Nominate a Writer for the Fonlon-Nichols Award for African Literature

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Nominate a creative writer for the Fonlon-Nichols Award by 1 November 2018. This award, established in 1992 to honor Bernard […]

Pentecostal Republic | A Powerful New Book Tackles the Role of Pentecostalism in Nigerian Politics

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Nigerian Sociologist Ebenezer Obadare is asking us to take a closer look at the underlying forces of Nigeria’s political life. […]

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