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Kabaka Magazine, Co-founded by Romeo Oriogun and Chibuihe Achimba, Is Set to Amplify Queer Voices in African Literature | Read Issue #1

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In late 2016, the Nigerian poets Romeo Oriogun and Chibuihe Achimba began discussing the possibility of creating a platform for queer writers. Both writers had no clout then, no precedent to model their idea on, and were driven only by years of receiving rejection emails from African magazine editors who repeatedly emphasized that they did not […]

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Review | Ebenezer Obadare Takes On Jiving Pastors and Thieving Politicians in Pentecostal Republic | Ikhide Ikheloa

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Often when one thinks of African writing, it is often about fiction. African fiction is widely celebrated globally, with the traffic enabled by highly publicized Western prizes, forums, workshops, residencies, etc. One can then be forgiven for thinking that all Africans write is fiction and the occasional poem. The truth is that there is an […]

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Sefi Atta Talks History, Her New Novel, and Writing about the Lagos Elite: In Conversation with Toni Kan

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Sefi Atta’s latest novel, The Bead Collector, is historical fiction as well as an ideological treatise. But it is also, as with many of Sefi Atta’s works, a book that riffs on class and family dysfunction. In this conversation with Toni Kan, Sefi talks about the place of history in her work, growing up in […]

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Writing with Style | Tobi Alaaka

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Oris Aigbokhaevbolo’s two-day workshop, Write with Style, is both an effort to create a learning space for a growing demographic of young Nigerian writers and an inquiry into the main tactics of a writer’s trade. The workshop facilitator, an award-winning journalist and editor, stands distinguished as a critical voice in Nollywood and Afro-pop commentary, and, […]

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Kwame Dawes, Zoe Wicomb, Gabeba Baderoon, Juliane Okot Bitek Lead 2019 Artists In Residency Shortlists

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Thirty-four writers, filmmakers, visual artists, and musicians have been shortlisted for the 2019 Artists In Residency (AIR) programme, including Africa Poetry Book Fund (APBF) and Prairie Schooner editor-in-chief Kwame Dawes, South African novelist Zoe Wicomb, South African poet and APBF editor Gabeba Baderoon, Ugandan Glenna Luschei Prize-winning poet Juliane Okot Bitek, South African editor Helen […]

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Brittle Paper Award Winner Itiola Jones Will Be Teaching an Online Poetry Workshop: The Singing Bullet | Apply for $200 Scholarship to Participate

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Brittle Paper Award for Poetry 2018 winner Itiola Jones will be teaching an online poetry workshop. Now in its third year, The Singing Bullet Workshop, held in April, the National Poetry Month, is sponsored in part by The Speakeasy Project and was launched because Jones “sought to create a space of nurture, but one of rigor, […]

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Vanguard Literary Services Calls for Submissions to 2019 Valentine’s Day Anthology

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Nigerian book marketing company Vanguard Literary Services (VLS) is compiling a romance and sexuality-themed anthology, for the 2019 Valentine’s Day, and is calling for short story submissions. While the anthology will be made available online, “negotiations are ongoing for sponsorship of the print version which would be sold and royalties given to the contributing authors.” […]

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Abubakar Adam Ibrahim Is Not Hassan Reza: An Evening with the Novelist | Ikechukwu Ogbu

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Abubakar Adam Ibrahim is now a national superstar. His first novel, Season of Crimson Blossoms, won the 2016 NLNG Nigeria Prize for Literature, which at $100,000 is Africa’s richest literary prize. For a book first published in Nigeria, it’s phenomenal that it’s gone on to be released in the UK, the US, India, and France, […]

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Inspired by the Western media coverage of the Dusit Hotel terror attack in Nairobi.   At the Dusit restaurant in […]

Algerian Poet Azraj Omar Decries Arab Lack of Knowledge About Black African Literature

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Algerian poet Azraj Omar has, in a piece titled “Arab World’s Unjustified Neglect of African Literature,” decried what he describes as […]

Zoe Wicomb Talks Intersectionality, Reading Other Writers, and That Time When Heinemann Put Her Photo in Bessie Head’s 1971 Novel, Maru

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In a new interview in The Johannesburg Review of Books, South African novelist Zoe Wicomb revealed an error by Heinemann in […]

GoFundMe | Please Donate to Help Logan February Go on Book Tour in the US

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Logan February, a young Nigerian poet who has published three books of poetry, is seeking donations for a scheduled book […]

Translator Publishes List of 146 Books by 66 African Authors Selling in Chinese

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A translator of English into Chinese, Bruce Humes, has published a list of 146 books by 66 African authors selling […]

Kenyans Criticize The New York Times’ Publication of Victims’ Photos from Dusit Hotel Terrorist Attack, Call for Editor’s Removal as Twitter Suspends Paper’s Handle

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Kenyans are rightly criticizing The New York Times‘ publication of victims’ photos from the January 15 Al Shabaab terrorist attack on […]

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