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Edwige-Renée Dro Opens A Feminist Library in Abidjan

Earlier this month, Ivorian writer and literary translator Edwige-Renée Dro opened a library focused on women’s writing from the continent and black diaspora. The library is located in Yopougon, Abidjan and is open to members of the public. The Library is called 1949 to commemorate the contributions of Ivorian women — 2000 of them—who, in […]

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#TBT | Cuteness Overload: Pictures of African Authors as Kids | #newdaughtersofafricaedition

In honor of Women’s History Month, we’re sharing with you some pictures we found on the world wide web of contemporary African women authors as kids. All these authors are also contributors to the monumental anthology New Daughters of Africa (2019), edited by Margaret Busby. Enjoy this walk back through time! (P.S. Head over to […]

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20.35 Africa Poetry Series Is Offering Personal Consultations with Cheswayo Mphanza to Help Raise Money to Register the Collective as an NGO

As part of 20.35 Africa’s fundraising efforts to register the poetry collective as an NGO, they are organizing an online one-on-one consultation with award-winning poet Cheswayo Mphanza. The programme, which is scheduled to run from March 9 to March 31, is aimed at helping emerging poets to better understand their craft. It would address such […]

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COVID-19: How Some African Authors Are Reacting to the Pandemic

Like everyone else across the world, our favorite authors are confronted with the threat of COVID-19. Here, we document some of their reactions on social media to the pandemic. These range from providing uplifting advice and offering practical measures to tackling the crisis with a touch of humor. We take all of them as ways […]

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African and Black Writers Featured in TIME’s 100 Women of the Year Project

TIME magazine designed the 100 Women of the Year project to retrospectively recognize influential women in their “Person of the Year” archive. This annual special issue was known as the “Man of the Year” issue until 1999, and until now only recognized 11 women. The magazine commissioned artists to design one hundred new covers celebrating […]

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Chimamanda Adichie’s Literary Agency Calls Plagiarism Allegations “Delusional” and “False”

A few days ago, a youtube video accusing Chimamanda Adichie of plagiarism began circulating on social media, academic listservs, and whatsapp groups. The Wiley Agency,  Adichie’s literary agency, just released a statement, which the author shared on her Facebook page.  In addition to calling Giwa-Amu’s allegations “false” and “delusional,” Wiley revealed that Giwa-Amu had made […]

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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie on Her Favorite Musicians, Cities, Food, & Biafra

In a recent interview with Tofarati Ige and Mobola Sadiq of Punch, Chimamanda Adichie discusses writing, the stereotypes attached to feminism, her favorite cities in the world, food, her favorite musicians, and more. *** On the question of African literature not been as sophisticated as their Western counterparts: “That is rubbish. What is the definition […]

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Apply for the Anaphora Writing Residency for Writers of Color | Visiting Writers Include Chris Abani, Kwame Dawes, Ladan Osman

The Anaphora Writing Residency is a Los Angeles-based program open exclusively to writers of color. This year, the stellar cast of instructors includes Nigerian writer Chris Abani, Ghanaian poet and academic Kwame Dawes, Somali-born artist Ladan Osman , and Ethiopian-Eritrean writer and visual artist Mahtem Shiferraw, among others. The ten-day residency will run from May […]

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Warscapes Magazine Seeks Video Entries: Open Call: The Corona Notebooks

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Bhakti Shringarpure, Editor-in-Chief of Warscapes magazine and author of Cold War Assemblages: Decolonization to Digital, has issued a call for […]

PHOTOS | The Second Asmara Addis Literary Festival in Exile

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The second year of the Asmara Addis Literary Festival in Exile was held from February 27 to February 28, 2020, […]

Is It Still Beautiful? Motherhood and Mental Health During a Pandemic | Ukamaka Olisakwe | Nonfiction

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The only photographs I have on my LG mobile phone are my children’s. They are 17, 15, and 13, and […]

Six Poets Shortlisted for the 2020 Brunel International African Poetry Prize

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Six poets have been shortlisted for the 2020 Brunel International African Poetry Prize. Among the list, which is dominated by […]

An Argentinian Crocheter Made a Doll of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. We Interviewed Her.

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Fans of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie may have heard that earlier this year, she gave a keynote speech at Chile’s Future […]

Tomi Adeyemi Brings Black Girl Magic and Nigerian Excellence to Maison Valentino

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Last week, Italian fashion house Maison Valentino premiered its short film series entitled “In Conversation With” on YouTube featuring Nigerian-American […]

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