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Enter for the 2019 AFREADA x Africa Writes Competition, with a Writing Prompt from Chigozie Obioma’s An Orchestra of Minorities

With the 2019 Africa Writes Festival coming in July, AFREADA magazine has announced its third annual contest in partnership with the UK’s biggest African literature event. The AFREADA x Africa Writes Competition will see participants develop a story about social class based on a passage from the festival co-headliner Chigozie Obioma’s second novel An Orchestra […]

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

Three conversations—with the Nigerian novelist Chigozie Obioma, with the contributors to New Daughters of Africa anthology, and one on poetry—will be the headline events at the 2019 Africa Writes Festival, the UK’s biggest annual African literature spectacle sponsored by the Royal African Society and hosted at the British Library and Rich Mix. The festival had […]

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#AfricaWrites2018 | Hello Londoners, No Excuse for Being Lonely This weekend

Hello Londoners, no excuse for being lonely this weekend—June 29 to July 1.  Get your book totes and comfortable shoes ready because London is about to host its annual African literary extravaganza known as Africa Writes Festival.  In less than three days, 60+ writers from the continent and the Diaspora will convene at the British Library […]

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Psalm 151 | Theresa Lola | Poetry

Theresa Lola is a poet of considerable achievement. A few months ago, she became a joint winner of the 2018 Brunel International African Poetry Prize. Her writing seeks out intimate spaces where pain but also beauty lies. On June 30th, she will perform at the 2018 Africa Writes Festival with the Octavia Poetry Collective. In […]

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2018 Africa Writes Festival Spotlights Womxn and Queer Writers in African Literature

Africa Writes Festival is UK’s biggest annual African literature and book festival. It is sponsored by the Royal African Society and hosted at the British Library and Rich Mix. From Friday 29 June to Sunday 1 July,  over 60 writers from Africa and the diaspora will convene in London to explore the works of womxn […]

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The Impossibly Dapper Novelist: A Look at Alain Mabanckou’s Style File

From Chimamanda Adichie’s widely-publicized made-in-Nigeria wardrobe to Teju Cole’s Ikire Jones scarves to Prof Ato Quayson’s fedora hats, fashion and style have become a new mode of self-expression among African literary figures. They effortlessly blend literary success and a love for style. In so doing, these writers have transformed the idea of the public intellectual into […]

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Who Is Your Favourite African Female Literary Character? | Submit a Video to Africa Writes Festival

Who is your favourite African female literary character? Is it Darling in NoViolet Bulawayo’s We Need New Names? Or Effia or Esi in Yaa Gyasi’s Homegoing? Or Neni in Imbolo Mbue’s Behold the Dreamers? Olanna or Kainene in Chimamanda Adichie’s Half of a Yellow Sun? Ajany or Akai in Yvonne Owuor’s Dust? Memory in Petina Gappah’s The Book of Memory? Soraya in […]

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Bernardine Evaristo: Your Guide to All Eight Books by the Booker Prize Winner

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While better known in the African literary scene as the founder of the massively influential Brunel International African Poetry Prize, […]

TJ Benson’s Forthcoming Novel, The Madhouse, Follows a Troubled Family Across Four Decades

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The Nigerian writer TJ Benson has a new novel set to be published by Masobe Books in 2020. A new […]

The Guardian UK Criticized for Headline Calling Bernardine Evaristo’s Booker Prize-winning Novel Obscure

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Right after Bernardine Evaristo and Margaret Atwood were announced joint winners of the 2019 Booker Prize for Fiction, the UK’s […]

Bernardine Evaristo’s Joint Win of the Booker Prize, with Margaret Atwood, Makes Her the First Black Woman & Second Nigerian to Receive the Honour

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The Nigerian-British novelist Bernardine Evaristo has been awarded the 2019 Booker Prize for Fiction, for her novel Girl, Woman, Other, […]

The Queen of Dahomey: Episode Three | The Witches of Auchi Series | Anthony Azekwoh

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There was an old woman with a ragged scar on her cheek who lived alone on the outskirts of Dahomey. […]

Befeqadu Hailu, Ethiopian Writer-Activist & Co-founder of Zone 9 Blog, Named 2019 International Writer of Courage

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Befeqadu Hailu, the Ethiopian writer, activist, and co-founder of the Amharic-language human rights platform Zone 9 Blogging Collective, has been […]

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