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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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Nnedi Okorafor’s LaGuardia Wins 2020 Hugo Award for Best Graphic Story or Comic

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Nigeria’s Nnedi Okorafor is on a roll! Barely two weeks since bagging an Eisner Award, Okarafor wins the coveted Hugo […]

Ugandan Novelist Jennifer Makumbi on All-Female Short Story Prize Longlist

Jennifer Makumbi on All-Female Short Story Prize Longlist

Celebrated Ugandan author Jennifer Makumbi is on the longlist of the 2020 Edge Hill Short Story Prize for her debut […]

Is Oedipus Rex a Form of Detective Fiction? — Watch Episode 5 of Prof. Ato Quayson’s Vlog

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The fifth episode of Professor Ato Quayson’s vlog Critic.Reading.Writing is up! As the literary vlog enters its fifth week, Quayson […]

Wole Soyinka Writes Letter of Solidarity for Detained Humanist Mubarak Bala

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Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka has never hesitated to speak out in the face of injustice. He recently penned a letter […]

Kenyan Filmmaker Wanuri Kahiu and Ghanaian American Playwright Jocelyn Bioh Collaborating on a Disney+ Project

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Wanuri Kahiu will direct the Disney+ film adaptation of the Broadway musical, Once on This Island, reports Hollywood Reporter. Ghanaian-American […]

Treasure is a New Novella by Oyinkan Braithwaite

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Calling all fans of My Sister, the Serial Killer! Oyinkan Braithwaite has a new novella out. Titled Treasure, the book […]

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