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Selasi Says There’s No African Literature in Her Literary Utopia

The author of Ghana Must Go was asked to speak at a literary festival in Berlin. She gave a lecture in which she claimed that as far as categorizing literary forms go, “African literature” was meaningless and should be discarded.   I’ve excerpted the long lecture to highlight the main arguments. But is the category […]

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Must Watch Video! Adichie, Onyeka Onwenu, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Biyi Bandele on The Red Carpet of Half of a Yellow Sun London Premier

You’ve seen the pictures. Here is the red carpet interview of the Half of a Yellow Sun cast at the London premier. The film was premiered at the BFI film festival last month. Chimamanda still looks gorgeous in her threaded (kiko) hairdo. But this Bandele guy, though. Very fine man, no? LOL. Enjoy!

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Ever Thought of Supporting an African Literary Project? The Gambit Project Needs You.

Don’t miss this chance to support this amazing literary project. Emmanuel Iduma and Shaun Randol have put together a great collection  of new writings from all over Africa. The title of the collection is Gambit: Newer African Writing. But they need 4300 dollars to cover payment of writers, including editorial and production costs and are asking […]

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Noviolet Bulawayo Says She Dances While Writing & Has A Spotify Playlist To Prove It

Dancing is one of my favorite things, and it’s really not unusual for me to do it when I’m writing as it helps with my expression, thinking, fluidity. Vulindlela is one of the most danced to songs in my studio. It all started with the fancy little affair called “5 Under 35.” Every year, the […]

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Adichie Nominated for the Goodreads Choice Award. Here’s How to Vote for Her.

The winner of the Goodreads Choice Awards is decided by readers like us. No judges or industry heavyweights legislating on who goes home with the prize. Adichie has been nominated to go on to the second rounds of voting which begins today and ends on the 16th. Click HERE to vote. A hearty congratulations to […]

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Errrr…But James Joyce is More Ungrammatical Than Tutuola

   Is [Tutuola] ungrammatical? Yes. But James Joyce is more ungrammatical than Tutuola. Ezekiel Mphahlele has often said and written that African writers are doing violence to English. Violence? Has Joyce not done more violence to the English Language? Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn is written in seven dialects, he tells us. It is acknowledged a classic. We accept it, forget […]

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Nwuabani Says Nigerians Should Laugh About Boko Haram? Is She Being Ironic?

Making light of the situation [Boko Haram] helps us cope with the constant threat of violence. Every Sunday morning when I pull up to the concrete road blocks outside my church, policemen surround my car. One peeps through the window at my driver, his finger hovering close to the trigger of his gun. Another slides […]

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Gordimer Is Asked Whether She Smokes Marijuana While Writing…And Other Weird Questions

Nadine Gordimer is asked all these “silly” questions that journalists would typically never ask an author. Her answers are funny but revealing. It’s a UK Guardian interview done during the 2010 Hay Festival. Amazing!     What is the most important lack in your life? I’ve lived that life in Africa without learning an African […]

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What Will Post-pandemic Fiction Look Like?

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Inevitably, every major global event affects the cultural production coming after it. So what will literature produced after and about […]

Memento, New Anthology Edited by Adedayo Agarau, Collects Notable Voices in Contemporary Nigerian Poetry 

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The American publisher Animal Heart Press has released an anthology of Nigerian poetry. Titled Memento: An Anthology of Contemporary Nigerian […]

Join Down River Road Magazine’s Virtual Book Club, Currently Reading Gabriel Garcia Marquez | #drrbookclub

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down river road, the new Nairobi-based magazine exploring the alternative in literature, music, and visual art, has launched an online […]

The 8 Writers & Journalists on OkayAfrica’s 100 Women List 2020

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OkayAfrica has released its 2020 “100 Women” list celebrating “extraordinary women from Africa and the diaspora making waves across a […]

Submit to WriteNow Magazine 3rd Edition on the Theme of Quarantine

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WriteNow is a creative writing NGO that was founded in 2017 by Nigerian writer and poet Kehinde Badiru. In partnership […]

Highlights from the Afrolit Sans Frontières Virtual Literary Festival

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In this interminable era of social distancing, social media has emerged not only as a network for writers and creators […]

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