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A Tale of One Weird Book Cover—Binyavanga’s American Edition of One Day I’ll Write About This Place

Whoever told you it is bad to judge a book by its cover knows nothing about books as material objects that owe their fate to market forces. There have been books that have lived (or died) in the market place because of their covers. For the American edition of One Day I Will Write About […]

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New Photos of Adichie, Binyavanga, Imasuen and Workshop Participants at the 2013 Farafina Trust Writing Workshop

The 2013 class of Farafina Writing Workshop are done learning the craft of writing from Adichie and her team of writing instructors. I hope they are hunched over their desks penning the next great African novel. From August 6 – 16, a group of aspiring writers selected from across the country gathered at the Lagos Resource […]

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The Novelist as Witness— Aminatta Forna on How Nadine Gordimer Inspired Her Writing

Around the time I started my first novel, I came across the words: “Non-fiction uses fact to help us see the lies. Fiction uses metaphor to help us see the truth.” I pinned the words on a piece of paper to my noticeboard, and tried and failed to find the originator of that observation. Later, I read […]

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AFRICANS ON WRITING | Chino Odimba—I Write Because I Dreamt It

Why do you write? Because I dreamt it: The deepest truths can be found In our dreams, So can a great deal of debris Floating from the ego. Do you have any pre-writing rituals? This is the censored version. I have to be absolutely cold sober to write. No glass of wine or tipple of […]

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August Edition of “African Literary Scene in a Nutshell”—Scoop on Adichie, Teju Cole, Chinelo Okparanta, Cassava Republic, Binyavanga, African Crime Fiction, Bulawayo and More

  What happened in the African literary scene all last month? Here are a few highlights. Enjoy reading and happy new month to you! 1. All Money No Hype:    When the long list of the NLNG Prize for Poetry came out, it didn’t seem like the African literary scene cared. Those of us who […]

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Do We Need a Yoruba Translation of Einstein’s Theory of Relativity?

The scarcity of novels in African languages is not the only reason why we should be concerned about the future of African languages. What worries me more than anything is the absence of translations in these languages. Why isn’t there a Dinka translation of Plato’s Republic, a Yoruba translation of Madame Bovary, a Hausa translation […]

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Awwww…Chimamanda On Why She Adores Flavour’s “Ashawo”

Chimamanda says she is drawn to art that reminds her of home. Listen to the podcast below to see why Flavour’s hit track “Ashawo” and Ben Enwonwu’s “Tutu” conjure up, for her, thoughts and images of home. There’s no reason why you wouldn’t have heard Flavour’s hit track, but I’ve gone ahead and included the […]

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Literary Paparazzi—Soyinka’s House and The Lives of Famous African Authors

As you might have guessed from his tweets, Teju Cole was in Nigeria sometime in the summer. At some point during his stay, he paid a visit to Wole Soyinka. In a New Yorker piece, he mentions the meeting, but more as an aside. Much of the essay is about something else: Soyinka and the […]

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The 2021 Aspen Words Literary Prize is Now Open for Entry

Apply for the 2021 Aspen Words Literary Prize

The Aspen Words Literary Prize is open for entry as of today. The $35,000 prize annually rewards an “influential work […]

July 10 | Sarah Ladipo Manyika Hosts Strive Masiyiwa on Conversations Across the Diaspora

July 10 _ Sarah Ladipo Manyika Hosts Strive Masiyiwas on Conversations Across the Diaspora

Sarah Ladipo Manyika, author of In Dependence (2008) and Like A Mule Bringing Ice Cream To The Sun (2016), has teamed up […]

Bernardine Evaristo Becomes First Black Writer to Win Author of the Year

Bernardine Evaristo Becomes First Black Writer to Win Author of the Year in the British Book Awards

  Bernardine Evaristo’s winning streak continues as she dominates two categories of the 2020 British Book Awards: Best Fiction Book […]

Apply for the 2020 Morland Writing Scholarship | £27,000 for Nonfiction, £18,000 Fiction

Apply for the 2020 Miles Morland Writing Scholarship

The Miles Morland Foundation is currently accepting applications for the 2020 Morland African Writing Scholarships. The awards offer a fiction […]

The Million Naira Nigeria Prize for Difference and Diversity | Here is How to Nominate Someone

The Million Naira Nigeria Prize for Difference and Diversity _ Here is How to Nominate Someone

Nominations for The Nigeria Prize for Difference & Diversity is officially open. The new prize, co-presented by digital media platform […]

This is Why I am Endowing a N1 Million Prize for Difference and Diversity in Nigeria | Chude Jideonwo

This is Why I am Endowing a N1 Million Prize for Difference and Diversity in Nigeria _ Chude Jideonwo (2)

Last year, I wrote a piece on CNN during Pride Month​—​a month set aside to celebrate sexual and gender diversity […]

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