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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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The First Citizen | ‘Kunmi Olamiju | Fiction

11th of April To: The First Citizen, Humble Comrade Bolongo From: His Excellency, President for Life, Supreme Field Marshall, Doctor Erugegeaye Amin the First, Conqueror of the People’s Economic Woes and Eternal Defender of the Final Revolution.   I write this letter to you, my dear friend, hoping it meets you in good health. I […]

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Laila Lalami’s Forthcoming Memoir Conditional Citizens Recounts Her Journey from Moroccan Immigrant to U.S. Citizen

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Moroccan-American author Laila Lalami has a new book forthcoming on April 28, 2020 from Pantheon Books. Titled Conditional Citizens, the […]

Neighbors (A Quarantine-Themed Fiction) | E. C. Osondu

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My neighbor Vinny Capriani is a great neighbor. I’m happy to have him as one. I live in a state […]

Tope Folarin and Nnamdi Ehirim Longlisted for the 2020 VCU Cabell First Novel Award

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Tope Folarin and Nnamdi Ehirim are both on the longlist of the 2020 VCU Cabell First Novel Award. The annual […]

Credo Mutwa, Celebrated South African Healer and Author, Dies at 98

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Credo Mutwa, celebrated South African traditional healer and author of several books, died following a period of ill health on […]

What We Are Reading This Week | A Feminist Guide to Living and Thinking Sensuously

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In the final week of women’s history month, we are celebrating a writer whose work has inspired us for years. […]

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 […]

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