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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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Physics Textbook Explains Why People Can’t Leave Abusive Marriages | Abdulbaseet Yusuff | Poetry

i. origin of F F/A = Stress   In this poem & in your life, the letter F is everything— F for the force that brews inside a clenched fist   lowercase f for frequency: the number of times that fist remodels your jaw   Today my head is buried between the algebraic union in […]

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A Journey in Desire | Iretomiwa Xaron | Nonfiction

THAT AFTERNOON, I was performing a repetitive task. I was on the internet searching for LGBTQ+ movies. The best, I told myself, as I typed a bunch of search terms into my Chrome browser. The results came out in less than a second. “13 Best LGBT+ Movies of 2019.” Scroll, scroll, scroll. To the bottom. […]

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“I Have Come Undone” | Adichie Writes Moving Statement on Grieving for Her Father

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Chimamanda Adichie’s father, Professor James Nwoye Adichie, died on Wednesday June 10, 2020. Today, the author breaks her silence around […]

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Ouida Books is Currently Accepting Submissions for Her New Imprint LWM (2)

Lagos-based publishing press Ouida Books is accepting submissions for its new imprint LWM. LMW is the third addition to the […]

Wayétu Moore Announces New Novel Exploring Mami Wata Mythology

Wayétu Moore Announces New Novel Exploring Mami Wata Mythology

Liberian-American author Wayétu Moore is staying busy and productive. Barely a year since the release of her widely praised memoir […]

Tsitsi Dangarembga Petitions Parliament of Zimbabwe for Removal of Health Minister Obadiah Moyo

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On June 19, 2020, Zimbabwe Health Minister Obadiah Moyo was arrested on corruption charges for engaging in an illegal 60 […]

Is This Us? The Many Holes in Nigerian-American Portrayal of the Nigerian Experience | Damilola Oyedele | Essay

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A few weeks ago, as I watched Yvonne Orji explain Nigerian slang to her audience, feelings I couldn’t immediately name […]

The Meaning of Guernica | Umar Abubakar Sidi | Poetry

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  Guernica Celebration of modern fascism Horrific devastation in the Basque town of Guernica Monochrome grisaille Crawling analysis of the […]

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