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Nnedi Okorafor’s Chicken in the Kitchen Wins Children’s Africana Book Award

On October 8th, Nnedi Okorafor attended a ceremony at the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art in Washington, DC  where she received recognition her contributions to African children’s books. Okorafor and the Iranian illustrator Mehrdokht Amini were both awarded the Children’s Africana Book Award for Chicken in the Kitchen. The Children’s Africana Book Award is a prize […]

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African Literary Event | Owerri Children’s Book Festival | All the Scoop + Photos

The maiden edition of the Owerri Children’s Book Festival took place last month and was organized by the Read Aloud Foundation with the support of the Bless Children’s Foundation. The Read Aloud Foundation was established in 2013 with the aim of encouraging reading, writing and art among children. The organization, made up of eleven young […]

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Interview | Alice Curry on Addressing Diversity in Children’s Book Publishing

According to a New York Times article, “of 3,200 children’s books published in 2013, just 93 were about about black people.” As bad as this sounds, it gets worse when we think of diversity beyond race. In the global literary market today, children’s books featuring Africans or exploring Islam are hard to find.  This is why Alice […]

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Nnedi Okorafor’s Chicken in the Kitchen is a Win for African Children’s Literature

What do you think happens when one of the world’s most prominent sci-fi/fantasy authors writes a children’s book? You get Chicken in Kitchen!— the latest and utterly adorable debut in the African children’s literature scene. It all started with Alice Curry, the cofounder of Lantana Publishing, a publishing company focused on creating children’s content inspired by minority cultures and […]

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Sarah Waiswa’s Twitter Thread on African Women Photographers Is a Visual Fest

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Recently on Twitter, the Ugandan-born Kenya-based photographer Sarah Waiswa gave us a curation of stunning photos by African female photographers. […]

Genesis | Kharys Laue | Poetry

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  I The beginning contains a seed of the end. II A man stands at the foot of the mountain. […]

GoFundMe | Donate to Help Egyptian Writer and Feminist Icon Nawal El Saadawi Undergo Medical Care

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The Egyptian writer and feminist icon Nawal El Sadaawi is ill. To foot her medical bills, a GoFundMe appeal was […]

The Home Manual | Ayodeji Oluwaseyi Isaac | Fiction

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  You will be coming to my house for the first time, pal, and the following are words to live […]

Every Poem Needs Time to Breathe and Become | Interview with Echezonachukwu Nduka

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  Echezonachukwu Nduka is a Nigerian poet, classical pianist, and musicologist. His poems have appeared in several publications including Saraba, […]

Abiku | Olowogboyega Olumuyiwa | Fiction

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  The tour guide had begun by saying, “Traditional African art is characterized by fear, that’s why most of our […]

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