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Wow…Adichie Gets VERY Candid | What Elnathan Did was Immoral, She Says

You’ll recall that one of the biggest controversies in the African literary community involved Chimamanda Adichie and Nigerian blogger, Elnathan John. (click here if you missed it.) In an interview with the American blogger, Aaron Bady, Adichie referred to Elnathan as “one of my boys.” He fired back with a set of tweets accusing Adichie of being […]

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The Etisalat Flash Fiction Prize and the Tragedy of Desperation | Abubakar Adam Ibrahim

By Abubakar Adam Ibrahim I have been disenchanted by talent shows in which the results are largely determined by public votes ever since a former state government official confessed that they had done everything within their power, at the expense of the state, to ensure that a contestant from the state won a competition. The […]

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African Literary Scene In A Nutshell: Quotes Of The Month

1. Soyinka and His Darling Dame Soyinka is clearly loving the swirls of controversies forming around things he says online, mostly things that are not literature related. In the quote below, he restates his dislike for Nigeria’s First Lady, Patience Jonathan, calling her a “shepopotamus.” There was the time when I wanted our writers to […]

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Ibrahim’s Lovely Message To Fellow Caine Prize Shortlistees

Dear friends, old and new, Dear fellow travelers on this gilded path. The last few weeks have been amazing and the warm cascades of support and goodwill have astounded me. And on the saddle of your encouragement, I have journeyed this far. And so I bow this day before you and say, from the bottom of my […]

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African Literary Feud | Adichie: The Best African Fiction Is in My Mailbox | Ibrahim: “Go Fuck Yourself, Chimamanda”

Chimamanda Adichie is officially Africa’s literary queen of controversy. Remember her well-publicized beef against African women who relaxe their hair or carry straight weaves? This time, she has become the talk of African twitterville after dissing the Caine Prize and dismissing the shortlisted stories in an interview with American graduate student and blogger Aaron Bady. There […]

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Why Tope Folarin Is A Surprising But Perfect Pick For The Caine Prize

I was doing some blog work late last night and hanging out with my fellow African tweeps when the news broke that Tope Folarin had won the 2013 Caine Prize for African Writing. We tweeted our congrats and hurrahs, but after taking a second to think, I realized that even though Ibrahim’s “Whispering Trees” could […]

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CAINE PRIZE STORIES: A Review of Ibrahim’s “Whispering Trees”

Abubakar Ibrahim’s “Whispering Trees” is one of the shortlisted stories for the Caine Prize for African Fiction, the second of five stories that I will be reviewing in the next couple of weeks. The future held nothing but happiness for Salim—medical school graduation in a month and a wedding with Faulata, the love of his […]

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Meet the Caine Prize Five

Meet the five most famous people in the African literary scene at the moment — Elnathan John, Tope Folarin, Pede Hollist, Abubakar Ibrahim, and Chinelo Akparanta. They are the five that made it to the shortlist of the Caine Prize for African Fiction. Pede Hollist who is Sierra Leonian is the only non-Nigerian in the […]

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A new Nairobi-based print and online magazine, down river road, is exploring the margins, the shifting centers, and the new […]

Dr Stella Nyanzi Wins Appeal at Ugandan Court, Regains Freedom, But Is Possibly Re-arrested

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Dr Stella Nyanzi is free. The academic, feminist and queer rights advocate has been in prison for criticising Uganda’s long-serving […]

Apply for This Fully-funded Creative Writing Scholarship at the University of East Anglia, Sponsored by the Miles Morland Foundation

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The Miles Morland Foundation African Writers’ Scholarship is currently accepting accepting applications for its 2020 program. It is an initiative […]

Chinelo Okparanta Recalls Her First Teenage Crush

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“I was 16 years old, nearly 17, when a boy first expressed interest in me. Or, maybe it was that […]

Namwali Serpell, Maaza Mengiste & Marlon James Are Finalists for Los Angeles Times Book Prizes

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Finalists for the Los Angeles Times Book Prizes have been announced. The Ethiopian novelist Maaza Mengiste is nominated in the […]

Romeo Oriogun Shares Heartfelt, Powerful Personal Story as Anticipation Peaks for His Debut Poetry Collection, Sacrament of Bodies

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Romeo Oriogun’s debut poetry collection Sacrament of Bodies is still some 12 days away from its March 1 publication date […]

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