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Between Colours, Senses, Words and Worlds: Harry Garuba’s Transition | Katleho Kano Shoro | Poetry

For Professor Harry Garuba You are in a lime green, waterproof jacket hooded. Restlessly standing on the pavement— overhead: grey concrete around you: vapour— on a street that resembles the Sunday-vacant ones in Jozi (although, the dream calls the street Lagosian, we tell it we believe it by continuing).   It is misty. After you […]

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Midas & The Prodigal Daughter | Isabelle Baafi | Two Poems

Midas the legend was not always true there was a time when empires were built on dreams and prophesies and palaces held together   with no more than spit and mud and wealth no hand had touched sprang from the earth   and so it was with ours although the whispers in our trees told […]

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For Whom The Bells Toll | Romeo Oriogun | Nonfiction

ON ONE OF the coldest days during winter, I sat opposite a Cambodian scholar who had run to exile for his political views. His dissent against the government of Cambodia led him to organize a political organization with a friend. With his friend having been assassinated, he ran away with his wife to a country […]

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Paper Horses | Dan Ajamo | Poetry

I wrote little notes on skin For him to follow Little notes to guide his path As he wandered through the Landscape of flesh— A hundred Doors Waiting to be broken.   And what is love? Is it not every fibre of his being? A flame burning in the darkest room? His eyes are the […]

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Sanctuary | Obasa Funmilayo | Poetry

Where does my Sanctuary live? within the catacombs of / my body / where voices are carried / by a wind / and silence is an / anthem   What does the Sanctuary say? it says / my existence is a temple / of flowers / of water / of life and death / of […]

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Dying To Become | Ogbonna Ogochukwu | Poetry

We wanted to fill up our shoes Those ones our mothers bought To win the battle with our growth And the jackets too We waited for the day when their sleeves Stopped going past our wrist to our fingers So, we measured our shoulders against each other We wore our mothers lipstick And pretended that […]

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On Max Siollun’s Nigeria’s Soldiers of Fortune: The Abacha and Obasanjo Years | Ikhide R. Ikheloa

Only three of Nigeria’s living heads of state, current and former, have bothered to write a biography. Given its leaders’ refusal or reluctance to record their stewardship, or to promote the study of history in schools, Nigeria’s history has frequently consisted of urban legends, personal beliefs and rival conspiracy theories that vary depending on the […]

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The Struggle for Kwani?’s Soul | Isaac Otidi Amuke 

During a June 2019 Heinrich Böll Stiftung memorial event in Berlin, the novelist Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor delivered a moving tribute to Binyavanga Wainaina, who died in Nairobi on 21 May 2019, aged 48. Owuor, whose Binyavanga-edited and Kwani?-published short story “Weight of Whispers” won the Caine Prize for African Writing in 2003—the year after Binyavanga’s […]

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What Will Post-pandemic Fiction Look Like?

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Inevitably, every major global event affects the cultural production coming after it. So what will literature produced after and about […]

Memento, New Anthology Edited by Adedayo Agarau, Collects Notable Voices in Contemporary Nigerian Poetry 

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The American publisher Animal Heart Press has released an anthology of Nigerian poetry. Titled Memento: An Anthology of Contemporary Nigerian […]

Join Down River Road Magazine’s Virtual Book Club, Currently Reading Gabriel Garcia Marquez | #drrbookclub

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down river road, the new Nairobi-based magazine exploring the alternative in literature, music, and visual art, has launched an online […]

The 8 Writers & Journalists on OkayAfrica’s 100 Women List 2020

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OkayAfrica has released its 2020 “100 Women” list celebrating “extraordinary women from Africa and the diaspora making waves across a […]

Submit to WriteNow Magazine 3rd Edition on the Theme of Quarantine

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WriteNow is a creative writing NGO that was founded in 2017 by Nigerian writer and poet Kehinde Badiru. In partnership […]

Highlights from the Afrolit Sans Frontières Virtual Literary Festival

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In this interminable era of social distancing, social media has emerged not only as a network for writers and creators […]

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