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15 Pieces to Guide Your Understanding of Xenophobia in (South) Africa

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Once again, this September, xenophobic violence was unleashed on other Africans, mostly Nigerians, in South Africa: businesses were closed, shops were looted, and people were killed. The attacks, which previously happened in 2008 and 2015 and also targeted Zimbabweans, Mozambicans, and Malawians, among other nationals, have drawn widespread international condemnation and, in cases, diplomatic actions. […]

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African Literary Digest: 101 Notable Pieces of 2018

It was inevitable: compiling a list as monstrous as this would consume time, cause a delay. But here we are. 2018 came with its own firsts and highs. A new major publishing house came on board: The Indigo Press, founded by the distinguished Zimbabwean editor and critic Ellah Allfrey. A new major magazine: Kabaka, dedicated to publishing queer-centered […]

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Chimurenga’s Latest Issue of The Chronic Explores Circulations and the African Imagination of a Borderless World

Fresh from winning the 2018-20 Jane Lombard Prize for Art and Social Justice, arts and politics collective Chimurenga has released the October 2018 issue of its magazine The Chronic. The issue, titled “On Circulations and the African Imagination of a Borderless World,” focuses on “ideas of circulation that include the notion of justice and collective […]

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Cameroonian Political Theorist Achille Mbembe Wins the € 100,000 Gerda Henkel Prize

For over 40 years, the Gerda Henkel Foundation has supported ground-breaking research in the sciences and the humanities. In 2006, it established the Gerda Henkel Prize to recognize scholars doing outstanding work in their fields of research. This year, the German foundation made history by awarding this bi-annual prize to an African scholar. In a […]

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14 Best Quotes from Ngugi’s Johannesburg Lecture on Reviving African Languages

Ngugi wa Thiongo was recently hosted by the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg where he gave a rousing lecture on African languages. Cameroonian philosopher and political theorist Achille Mbembe was at the event and said on Facebook that “the atmosphere in the Great Hall was electric.” He also reports that there was over 1000 people […]

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We Gave You Refuge, You Give Us Death | Mozambican Novelist Mia Couto Speaks out Against Xenophobic South Africa

The ongoing xenophobic killing in South Africa is sad and shocking. Spine-chilling moments of these killings captured on videos and photographs have been making their rounds on social media, causing a lot of outrage. African intellectuals are speaking out and calling on the South African government to act quickly and effectively. Last week, Cameroonian philosopher […]

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How 58 Intellectuals from 25 Countries Took A Bus Ride Across South Africa

A new issue of The Salon is out! And it chronicles the one-of-a-kind travel project that took 58 scholars from 25 countries across South Africa. Guess what! I was one of those 58 lucky passengers who left Johannesburg on a two-week journey through Swaziland, Durban, King William’s Town, Ginsberg, Qunu, and Cape Town. As you can expect, it turned […]

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Hollywood or Nollywood? As Americanah TV Series Goes to HBO, Actress Stella Damasus Suggests Industry Slight & Chika Unigwe Responds

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The Americanah TV series adaptation, starring Lupita Nyong’o and written by Danai Gurira, has been ordered by HBO Max. The […]

15 Pieces to Guide Your Understanding of Xenophobia in (South) Africa

xenophobia in south africa - photo by guillerme sartori for agence france press and getty images

Once again, this September, xenophobic violence was unleashed on other Africans, mostly Nigerians, in South Africa: businesses were closed, shops […]

Johary Ravaloson’s Return to the Enchanted Island Is the Second Novel from Madagascar to Be Translated into English

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In May 2018, we brought news of the first novel by a writer from Madagascar to be translated into English: […]

Sundays at Saint Steven’s | Davina Philomena Kawuma | Poetry

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when god runs out of money (how, no one says) once a week, these days, we come to where the […]

Read the First Excerpt from Petina Gappah’s New Novel, Out of Darkness, Shining Light

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Petina Gappah‘s new novel Out of Darkness, Shining Light was released on 10 September by Simon & Schuster imprint Scribner. […]

We Need To Talk | Muriel Adhiambo | Fiction

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IT WAS A warm, humid night in the lakeside city of Kisumu. Under a starless sky, the women, seated on […]

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