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Book Review | Adedayo Agarau’s The Arrival of Rain | Michael Chiedoziem Chukwudera

The opening lines of Adedayo Agarau’s poetry chapbook The Arrival of Rain (Vegetarian Alcoholic Press, 2020) goes: “broken every time the door opens/or is banged against your face/you can count your losses/but do you remember my name?” The poem is titled “look how far i’ve come,” and the reader will most likely pause after reading […]

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Writing Your Other: A Concise Guide for White Writers | Mukoma Wa Ngugi

Controversies surrounding White appropriation of Black and Brown cultures seem to pop up every few weeks. The most recent one surrounds American Dirt by Jeanine Cummings, who claims she is only guilty of giving a face to “the faceless brown mass” of Mexican immigrants at the US border. To which her critics counter that she […]

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Photos | Five Jordan, an Arts for Social Change Collective, Launches in Abuja with Event Celebrating City of Jos & Richard Ali’s Novel

BY RAFEEAT ALIYU Five Jordan, a new arts for social development collective, was formally launched on 31 January 2020, at an event that drew the Nigerian capital city’s diplomatic, cultural, military, and political elite. The event, tagged “An Evening in Jos,” is the first of the collective’s City Series. The city of Jos is located […]

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Escaping Fire | Obii Ifejika | Poetry

The stairs sit between eight rooms, with the echo of your heartbeat rolling off the walls. You will no longer slide down the rails to the cheer of friends. It will one day be clear: this brick and mortar wasn’t built to hold your dreams, only to let you have them. Daddy will need your […]

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We Wait for You | Femi Ayo-Tubosun | Fiction

BOTTLES AND GUNS are our way of life. When you travel on lonely roads, you look for us in every darkness that moves. You are expecting us, so you come along with a bag of money. We are there waiting for you. Tonight, we are covert and we wait for you to stop. We wait […]

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Come Home with Me | Obasa Funmilayo | Poetry

i This is a tribute to the dreams we failed to keep between our breasts, for the fantasies we painted in white dresses only, for the waters we saw as hopeless fate.   ii My history books sing the essence of a sisterhood— iconic elements, peculiar picayunes in a game of chance. The bodies of […]

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The 2000s-10s Generation of Nigerian Writers Has Failed Politically | Michael Chiedoziem Chukwudera

1. At the Ake Arts and Books Festival in Lagos last October, the novelist Helon Habila said something about identifying as a “Nigerian writer.” “It is easier to identify as, say, an Igbo writer than a Nigerian writer,” he said. “This nation is a colonial construct; it was arbitrarily created; so, calling yourself a ‘Nigerian […]

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After One Comes Ten | Golden Anurika Ahuachaogu | Poetry

Somewhere in the north, above red earth and foils of prayers, the smell of wet henna fights to outlive the aroma of tuwo. A bride is soaked in coconut oil and pampered with ori. Her eyes, the vision of a dancer. She remembers yesterday: covered in clay and youngness, how she ran in the rain, […]

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Ukamaka Olisakwe’s Forthcoming Novel, Ogadinma, Is a Feminist Story Set in ’80s Nigeria

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The Nigerian writer Ukamaka Olisakwe is set to release a new novel. Titled Ogadinma, or Everything Will Be All Right, […]

Resoketswe Manenzhe Wins 2020 Dinaane Debut Fiction Award for Her Novel, Scatterlings

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The 2020 Dinaane Debut Fiction Award has been awarded to the South African writer Resoketswe Manenzhe for her novel Scatterlings. […]

Down River Road, a New Print & Online Magazine Exploring the Alternative in Literature, Music, & Visual Art, Calls for Submissions to Second Issue

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A new Nairobi-based print and online magazine, down river road, is exploring the margins, the shifting centers, and the new […]

Dr Stella Nyanzi Wins Appeal at Ugandan Court, Regains Freedom, But Is Possibly Re-arrested

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Dr Stella Nyanzi is free. The academic, feminist and queer rights advocate has been in prison for criticising Uganda’s long-serving […]

Apply for This Fully-funded Creative Writing Scholarship at the University of East Anglia, Sponsored by the Miles Morland Foundation

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The Miles Morland Foundation African Writers’ Scholarship is currently accepting accepting applications for its 2020 program. It is an initiative […]

Chinelo Okparanta Recalls Her First Teenage Crush

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“I was 16 years old, nearly 17, when a boy first expressed interest in me. Or, maybe it was that […]

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