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Chimamanda Adichie’s Collaboration with Jewelry Brand Foundrae Is a Charity Venture for PEN America

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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has embarked on a charity collaboration with the American jewelry brand Foundrae as a way to contribute to PEN America’s funding. The arrangement, which she discussed in a new interview with Vanity Fair, saw her design PEN America’s “Freedom of Expression” medallion, on which appears “Foundrae’s signature lexicon of dainty symbols.” Proceeds from […]

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Saraba & Bakwa Magazines’ Limbe to Lagos Anthology Features New Nonfiction from Cameroon and Nigeria | How to Buy the Book

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In 2017, Goethe-Institut, Saraba and Bakwa announced a Cameroon-Nigeria literary exchange program. The result of the program, “the fruit of a series of workshops and mentorships,” is an anthology by the two magazines: Limbe to Lagos: Nonfiction from Cameroon and Nigeria. Edited by Bakwa founding editor Dzekashu MacViban and Saraba founding editors Dami Ajayi and Emmanuel Iduma, the collection features […]

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Pius Adesanmi, Nigerian Professor and Influential Public Intellectual, Passes On

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The writer, academic and influential Nigerian public intellectual Pius Adesanmi has passed on. He was on the Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 that crashed on 10 March. The Carleton University professor of literature and African Studies was travelling on his Canadian passport. Best known for his columns for Premium Times and Sahara Reporters, in which he satirized and critiqued Nigerian […]

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Margaret Busby on Why She Began the Daughters of Africa Anthology Series and Its Groundbreaking Impact

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In 1992, Margaret Busby, Britain’s first black female publisher, edited an anthology of female African writers and female writers of African descent. Daughters of Africa: An International Anthology of Words and Writings by Women of African Descent from the Ancient Egyptian to the Present, published by Ballantine Books, was groundbreaking in its presentation and exposure of the work […]

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Photos & Details: How Prestige Bookshop Hosted the Nairobi Launch of Yvonne Owuor’s The Dragonfly Sea

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By Shingai Kagunda Photos by Prestige Bookshop. On 1 March 2019, Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor launched her second novel, The Dragonfly Sea, for the first time. She honoured us by doing so at Prestige Bookshop with an open audience and a mini panel discussion. Nairobi was not prepared for the explosive event that took place inside our […]

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Photos from the London Launch of Margaret Busby’s New Daughters of Africa Anthology

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Last October, it was announced that Britain’s first black female publisher Margaret Busby will edit a new anthology featuring 200 female African writers and female writers of African descent across generations. New Daughters of Africa: An International Anthology of 20th- and 21st-Century Writing by Women of African Descent—which “charts a contemporary literary canon from 1900 and […]

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The 2019 Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets Goes to Nigeria’s Gbenga Adeoba

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The 2019 Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets has been awarded to Nigeria’s Gbenga Adeoba for his manuscript titled Exodus.  Backed by the philanthropists Laura and Robert FX Sillerman—as part of their overall funding of the African Poetry Book Fund—the $1,000 Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets honours the finest first full-length poetry […]

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Essays by Teju Cole & Chigozie Obioma Featured in The Good Immigrant USA Anthology Forthcoming in March

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Essays by Teju Cole and Chigozie Obioma will appear in The Good Immigrant USA, an anthology exploring “what it’s like to be othered in an increasingly divided America.” Edited by Nikesh Shukla and Chimene Suleyman—the team behind the bestselling book The Good Immigrant—and forthcoming on 7 March from Little, Brown imprint Dialogue Books, the collection also features […]

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Gerald Kraak Prize Anthology, Trifonia Melibea Obono, Uzodinma Iweala Shortlisted for the 2019 LAMBDA Literary Awards

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Four books by Africans have been shortlisted for the 2019 LAMBDA Literary Awards for literature about LGBTQI+ people. Equatoguinean writer […]

Praxis Magazine Announces Seven Poetry Chapbooks for Its 2019-20 Publication Series

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Praxis magazine has selected seven poetry chapbooks for its 2019-20 publication series. The announcement, made on its website, included submissions from […]

Poetry Collective & Press Konya Shamsrumi Gets New Columnist-Bloggers in Tafirenyika, Anena, Grieder, Gatawa, and Sabuke

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The poetry collective and press Konya Shamsrumi (KSR) has announced new columnist-bloggers for its website. They are: Tinashe Tafirenyika, the two-time National Arts Merit […]

Chigozie Obioma, New Daughters of Africa Contributors, to Headline the 2019 Africa Writes Festival

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Three conversations—with the Nigerian novelist Chigozie Obioma, with the contributors to New Daughters of Africa anthology, and one on poetry—will […]

#PoetryTalk | I Write Outside the Margins: Interview with Adura Ojo

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In this edition of #PoetryTalk, Uchechukwu Peter Umezurike chats with Adura Ojo about her writing. In the interview, she talks […]

Professor Kwame Dawes Awarded $165,000 Windham-Campbell Prize, Alongside Seven Others

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Professor Kwame Dawes is among the eight recipients of the 2019 Windham-Campbell Prizes, which, at $165,000 for each winner, is one of the […]

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