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The Saga Continues: Maja-Pearce Speaks Out On His Quarrel With Soyinka

The most recent episode in what seems like an old quarrel between Wole Soyinka and Adewale Maja-Pearce began with Soyinka’s infamous Sahara Reporters interview. We have always known that Soyinka is extraordinarily gifted when it comes to insulting people. Little surprise at the bitting and borderline cruel remarks targeted at Maja-Pearce for allegedly misrepresenting Soyinka’s […]

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“Because There Are No Words”: Noviolet Bulawayo on Her Father’s Silence About Her Writing

I always wondered what my pops, who is 74, thought about my writing coz we’ve never addressed it like that. I mean we talk on the phone and trip and laugh and gossip and I get schooled and scolded if its relevant, and he tells me stories etc, but zip nada about my writing. Even […]

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AFRICANS ON WRITING: Igoni Barret on How to Write the Tech-Conscious Story

Adam Segal: In many of your stories, you handle technology with a real elegance. “Dream Chaser” and “Trophy” confront tech head-on: Internet cafes, incomprehensible tech jargon, a cell phone that won’t stop ringing. Elsewhere we have a Facebook friend rendezvous and a character downloading pop hits straight to his phone. And yet it never distracts…Do […]

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An Adoring Fan Writes About Meeting Teju Cole

Ha! Someone has a devoted admirer. A fan writes about his first meeting with Teju Cole of Open City fame. You don’t have to read too closely to catch the hint of unwitting adoration despite the writer’s restrained account of the experience. Cute certainly. But reading this got me thinking about the world of African […]

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PHOTOS: Celebrating African Fiction! Bibi Bakare, Billy Kahora, Igoni Barrett at the Lauch of The Etisalat Prize for Literature

It’s been a great couple of weeks for African fiction. I would have been quite content with Teju Cole winning the International Literary Prize and Lauren Beukes getting the big Hollywood break. But two days ago, the Etisalat Prize for Literature was launched at The Wheatbaker in Lagos to much excitement in the African literary […]

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Repost: Adichie Saving Black Women Fom White Women’s hair

About two months go, Chimamanda Adichie said to Claire Cohen of The Telegraph: “I have so many revolutions I want to launch.” Should we be worried that the queen of contemporary African fiction is heading for the hills with armed militia to launch guerilla attacks on the establishment? My guess is that there is no […]

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#literaryinventions | A Note on Form by Ben Okri

“The following tales are properly called “stokus.” A stoku is an amalgam of short story and haiku. It is story as it inclines towards a flash of a moment, insight, vision or paradox. It’s origin is mysterious, its purpose is revelation, its form compact, its subject infinite. Its nature is enigma as it finds tentative […]

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VIDEO | Moving Account of Friendship Between Achebe and Nuruddin Farah

Somalian novelist Nuruddin Farah narrates an anecdote about paying a 7-day visit to Achebe during which they literally talked every waking hour. This is, for me, the most moving and heartfelt account that any African writer has given of Achebe till date. I wish we could have more videos and written reflections like this one. […]

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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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