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This Is How God Happens | Olajide A. Omojarabi | Fiction

  Sometimes, God happens in showers. Papa once owned a house. At Angwa Rimi in Jos. When he and his friends spoke of houses the same way women speak of pregnancies, his often sounded much like a stillbirth. The house collapsed, already roofed and plastered, after days of ceaseless showers. I never saw the house; […]

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2031 | Y’I Oche | Fiction

  “It’s becoming too dangerous,” Laila said with a pardonable expression of fear. For a minute she sat stone silent, regal in a blue and orange, polka-dotted ankara gown, coffee steaming off the mug in her hands. She took a long draught of the liquid, eyes staring over the rim at her daughter. “We are […]

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Night and Again | Salvy Snr | Fiction

  * The nights are gathering, quickly, and you’ve been sitting on this silent bench in the front yard concrete patio for hours, eyes half shut with measured grief, waiting. You have your oversized Jelabia on. No, not the slightly pink one. That one reminds you of his imperfect lips, with an everlasting gloss and […]

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Semicolon | Azeeza Adeowu | Fiction

  Whenever I see a semicolon while reading a book, I remember Hadiza. I remember her eyes and her mind, her wrist and her voice, and I remember I would never consider reading a book had I not met her. It was 14 months ago, at Ace Research Laboratory in Ibadan where I was to […]

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Three Studies | Yannick Marshall | Poetry

  Study 1: Cheek Dune. Collapse of silt into moonlessness. Caravan of silt and silt-covered men you turn your face. Retrieve your forearm from the darkened lamp string. Bedroom-dark plants his stick into your torso, you turn to me. Adjust. Face the ceiling. Your face sloping into blue desert, pocked with the footsteps of water-starved […]

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Felaland | Pei Koroye | Fiction

  you want to know if i fucked him, don’t you? don’t lie, i know what you journalist types are like—i invite you into my house, i give you water, cool water, which is rare around here, a real commodity, and all you want to ask me is if i fucked the King, if i […]

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Space | Jonathan Durunguma | Fiction

  I saw a worn-out rubber slipper. It looked like Salim’s. I wondered what he was doing there. I also saw Fa’iqah’s. I caught myself smiling as I pushed open the creaking plank door. I opened to see Fa’iqah crying, head bent. “Forgive me,” she said. There was a loud bang on the door. Just […]

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Frieze | Abigail George | Poetry

  We citizens of Africa are her volcano people. The burning climate of the sea. Flame climbing to meet the end of the sky. The end of the world. The river’s heart has a hangman’s noose. Glaciers mean change. Her cages made of tough knots. Knots that sharpen the daylight and blue dissolve of the […]

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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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