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Racist Passage From An 1896 Issue of Vogue Magazine

  Why did I go snooping around the vogue digital archive in my school’s library? In my research on Tutuola, I kept coming across references to a Vogue mention of Tutuola’s novel, The Palmwine Drinkard, so I decided to check it out. It sounded cool that in 1953, before Achebe published his novel that allegedly invented […]

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Which Two African Novelists Made The 2013 “Twitterati 100”?

Who do you need to follow on twitter to make sure you have a global handle on world events? Every year, Foreign Policy Magazine publishes a list of 100 people to help you decide. To be on that list is no mean feat. You are essentially the top hundred in a mass of 500 million […]

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The Screwscape Letters—My Dear Afropolitan Africa Is Not Your Auntie’s Kitchen

Your supreme illusion is that you think you are an African. A word of clarification: I am not a cultural Nazi. The problem is not that you’ve never lived in an African country, that you don’t have a passport from an African country, that you don’t know what it means to travel (like a glorified […]

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POW! WOW!: How Do You Imagine Africa?

There’s been much talk about Everyday Africa, a Tumblr photo journal of Ivorians as they go about their ordinary everyday tasks. The photos in the collection are captivating even as they make the simple claim that Africa need not be thought of as exceptionally bad or good. Africa just is. When I think about it like […]

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Writing Zong!

This is Marlene Nourbese writing towards the end of Zong!, in an epigraph of sorts: To not tell the story that must be told, I employed a variety of techniques: —I white out and black out words (is there a difference?). —I mutilate the text as the fabric of African life and the lives of […]

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LOST IN AFRICA: Hegel

The first time I had a copy of Hegel’s writing on Africa in my hands and read it, I was struck by how short it was. A few pages only. Clearly, Hegel did not want to think of Africa for much longer than he needed to. One can’t really fault him. He had his eyes […]

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Renditions of Flight in Time

In case you were wondering, Oron is not the name of a constellation even though it sounds like one.  Oron is a Nigerian border town where Chibuzor Okoroafor lives, attends the Nigerian maritime academy and writes poetry. Oron is “the land of aquatic splendor…a lovely estuary town, connecting the Atlantic… a wonderful place to be,” […]

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Independence of Convenience

Any nation can be summed up by what it remembers and forgets about its past. That is why in America the loudness that accompanies July 4th is matched only by the silence that follows January 1st, the day slavery was officially brought to an end. It’s not that the end of slavery has no meaning […]

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Namwali Serpell Wins the 2020 Anisfield-Wolf Award for The Old Drift

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Namwali Serpell’s The Old Drift have been awarded the 2020 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, one of US’ top awards that seek […]

Nnamdi Ehirim’s Debut Novel, Prince of Monkeys, Is a Powerful Portrait of Friendship, Religion, & Politics in ’80s-90s Nigeria

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The Nigerian novelist Nnamdi Ehirim’s debut, Prince of Monkeys, was published by Counterpoint Press exactly a year ago, on 2 […]

Nadifa Mohamed’s Third Novel, The Fortune Men, Based on the True Story of Mahmood Mattan’s Wrongful Execution in Wales, Set for 2021 Release

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The publishing press Viking has acquired the Somali writer Nadifa Mohamed’s third novel, The Fortune Men, set in 1950s Cardiff […]

Goretti Kyomuhendo Appointed to Commonwealth Foundation’s Advisory Governorship for Africa Region

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The Ugandan writer Goretti Kyomuhendo, Director of African Writers Trust (AWT), has been appointed Civil Society Advisory Governor by Commonwealth […]

Bernardine Evaristo’s Latest Short Story, Her 12th Published, Is a Juicy Satire on Gender, Race, & Academia

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She might have eight books published, seven of which are novels, but Bernardine Evaristo is not so much of a […]

University of East Anglia Marks 50th Anniversary of Creative Writing with Project Exploring Interface of Literature and Technology

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PRESS RELEASE University of East Anglia Launches Landmark 50th Anniversary Project – Storytelling in a Digital Age The University of […]

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