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Won’t You Sing Me a Song | Ani Kayode Somtochukwu | Fiction

  Content Warning: This story contains depictions of anti-gay violence.   Please just let me die, being alive hurts too much. —KESHA, PRAYING   Justice was already seated at a table when you arrived at the eatery. You would forever remember his name. Justice. His eyes seemed to smile when they meet yours, they seemed […]

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Diary of a Lost Child | Okeke Onyedika | Poetry

  Before I run deep into this hole, I read stories of fathers that left home without returning And waited; When my body will be beautiful enough to lure artists closer to my breast, When my voice will be fruitful enough to attract the attention of neighbouring farmers To write about a city where children […]

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the confabulation: a prayer for the union | Bolaji Akintola | Poetry

  our dead is dead the warrant of death the debt the deficits but our dead is lazarus the wounds & the lacerations yet it breathes the apostles say it pulsates but the practitioners call the hearse it resurrects again they say the wood-smoke & the spirit are synonymous the sepia cloud the ultramarine evening […]

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Everything White Tastes Like Milk | Bryan Joe Okwesili | Fiction

  I know you grew up on the streets, that you feel the streets made you, that you are now the streets, maybe just a human version. I know that when you were younger, death led your parents along and your relatives rejected you saying you were bad omen, that whenever you passed something gets […]

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Charles Mungoshi’s Quiet Influence on Zimbabwean Literature | Tinashe Mushakavanhu

It is no exaggeration to say that Charles Mungoshi, who died on 16 February in Harare, aged 71, was one of the most important writers both in English and in a local language—in this case, Shona—to come out of Africa. Less flamboyant than his namesake Charles ‘Dambudzo’ Marechera, Mungoshi was a prose master of understated […]

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On love XXVIII | Salimah Valiani | Poetry

  Note: Publication of this submission, a tribute to Winnie Mandela, is timed to coincide with International Women’s Day on the 8th of March.   How many ways can a heart be broken? (1)   departure finality staggering beauty betrayal rejection being barred from continuing to make History Mama Winnie your death (like your life) […]

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What James Baldwin Means To Me | Sarah Ladipo Manyika

Sarah Ladipo Manyika’s “What James Baldwin Means To Me” first appeared in French in the March 2019 issue of Transfuge. * For twenty years, James Baldwin’s Collected Essays has sat close to my writing desk, closer than any other book I own. My edition was edited by the Nobel laureate Toni Morrison, which makes the book special […]

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In Conversation: Cheswayo Mphanza & Nkateko Masinga Discuss Language, Trauma, Identity Politics, and the Poems in 20.35 Africa Anthology

20.35 Africa: An Anthology of Contemporary Poetry, the first independent African anthology to focus only on poetry from across the continent, arrived in November 2018—the ninth e-anthology Brittle Paper has published. The brainchild of a team of Nigerian poets and creatives—Ebenezer Agu; D. E. Benson; Gbenga Adeoba, finalist for the 2018 Brunel Prize; the visual artist […]

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Photos | Leila Aboulela Launches New Novel at the Lahore Lit Festival

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The seventh annual Lahore Literary Festival (LLF) took place from Feb. 22 to 24 at the Alhamra Arts Center, Mall […]

A Place is Illuminated in and by Absence | Emmanuel Iduma & Kọlá Túbọ̀sún in Conversation

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Emmanuel Iduma is the author of two books, Farad/A Sound of Things to Come (2012) and A Stranger’s Pose (2018). […]

#PoetryTalk | Different Poems Travel Different Routes | Interview with Toyin Adewale-Gabriel

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Toyin Adewale-Gabriel is a Nigerian poet, short story writer, literary critic and activist. She was cofounder and coordinator for several […]

Here is How to Join Netflix and Triggerfish’s All-African Team of Female Writers

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You may have heard the news about Netflix picking up Malenga Mulendema’s Mama K’s Team 4, an animation story about […]

Netflix Acquires Mama K’s Team 4, A Futuristic Animation Series Set in Zambia

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Netflix has acquired rights to stream Mama K’s Team 4. An animation series set in a futuristic Lusaka, the story chronicles […]

Semicolon | Azeeza Adeowu | Fiction

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  Whenever I see a semicolon while reading a book, I remember Hadiza. I remember her eyes and her mind, […]

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