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In Her Debut Memoir, Bassey Ikpi Deepens Our Understanding of Mental Health by Sharing Her Own Journey

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In 2004, while on tour with Def Poetry Jam, the Nigerian poet and spoken word artist Bassey Ikpi was diagnosed with Bipolar II Disorder. By 2011, she had taken on advocacy, writing and speaking about mental health, and then founded The Siwe Project, a nonprofit encouraging people to seek help, inspired by the death by […]

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Wo̩lé S̩óyinká’s Forthcoming Book, His 50th at Age 85, Looks at the Aesthetics, Traditions, & Histories of African Art

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Fresh from celebrations for his 85th birthday days ago, Wo̩lé S̩óyinká has a new book coming. An expansion of his three-part Richard D. Cohen Lectures at Harvard in 2017—the first, “The Acquisitive Eye: ‘Oga, I Swear It’s Original Fake’”; the second, “Heirs to the Procreative Deities: The Yoruba at Large”; the third, “From Aso Ebi […]

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Royal African Society: The UK Home Office Visa Service Discriminating Against Africans

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The following is a press release by the Royal African Society.  Home Office Visa Service Discriminating Against Africans “Home Office data on visa refusals shows that African applicants are more than twice as likely to be refused a UK visa than applicants from any other part of the world.  The UK has good relations with […]

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The Auditory Art of Storytelling in A Small Silence | Reviews by Ainehi

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  A Small Silence is the debut novel by Nigerian poet Jumoke Verissimo. The story is sad, funny, and inspiring all at once and introduces two of the most intriguing characters I have encountered in Nigerian fiction in a long while. Most importantly, the novel showed me how sound could heighten the emotional intensity of […]

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Event | The Sixth Praxis Hangout, Focusing on Mental Health, Is Coming to Kano

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Praxis Hangout, a literary event hosted by the Nigeria-based Praxis Magazine Online, is coming to Kano. Organised in collaboration with Box Office Studios and Poetry for Change, this sixth edition will be held on 20 July. The previous editions took place in Abuja, Kaduna, and Durban. From the press release: Praxis Hangout is an event […]

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Wo̩lé S̩óyinká Turns 85, Birthday Wishes Pour In

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Professor Wo̩lé S̩óyinká turned 85 years old two days ago. Tributes and wishes have been pouring in from around the globe. Born Akinwándé Oluwo̩lé Babátúndé S̩óyinká, on 13 July 1934, the playwright, poet and activist has been revered for decades for his writing, his political engagement, especially his criticism of successive Nigerian governments, and his […]

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Stimmen Afrikas Festival in Germany Set for 10th Anniversary in November, with Bibi Bakare-Yusuf as 2019 Curator

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The Stimmen Afrikas Festival in Germany—Voices of Africa in English—will be turning ten in November 2019. The festival, which aims to create a market for African literature in the country, will this year be curated by Bibi Bakare-Yusuf, co-founder and publishing director of Cassava Republic Press. The event, themed “Crossing Borders: Translate – Transpose – […]

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Safia Elhillo’s Debut YA Novel Acquired by Make Me a World

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The prize-winning Sudanese poet Safia Elhillo has had the North America rights to her debut Young Adult novel acquired by Make Me a World, an imprint of Penguin Random House. The book, Nima on the Other Side, is a novel in verse. It “melds the real with the surreal, as teenage Nima struggles to fit […]

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SynCity NG Releases Anniversary Anthology, Introduced by Tendai Huchu, and Announces Prize Winners, Judged by Mukoma wa Ngugi & Leye Adenle

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In celebration of its one-year anniversary, the Nigeria-based African literature blog SynCity NG announced a prize and a call for […]

Ellah Wakatama Allfrey to Lead New Project for Artistic Partnership between University of Manchester and HOME

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As part of their three-year artistic partnership, the University of Manchester and the Manchester-based arts venue HOME have created a […]

ReWrite London Calls for Short Fiction Submissions from Black Women & Women of Colour

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ReWrite, the London-based platform for Black women and women of colour, founded in 2017 by the Congolese-British writer and facilitator […]

Sunday Times Announces Shortlists for South Africa’s Alan Paton Award & Barry Ronge Fiction Prize

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Sunday Times has announced the shortlists for the prestigious South African literary prizes: the Alan Paton Award, in its 30th […]

Patrice Nganang’s When the Plums Are Ripe, the Second in His Historical Fiction Trilogy, Tells the Story of Cameroon’s Forced Entry into World War II

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The Cameroonian writer and Stony Brook literature professor Patrice Nganang, who in 2017 was arrested for criticising the country’s 37-year-ruling […]

Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani, Jude Idada Lead 2019 NLNG Prize Longlist for Children’s Literature

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The Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG) Prize for Literature has announced its 2019 longlist, led by I Do Not Come […]

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