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Ibim Pt. 1 | by Sotonye Dan | Nigerian University Stories

I The first day Ibim walked into campus, he found a nice spot to chill in: a thatched shed in front of the Fine and Applied Arts block, built by Fine and Applied Arts students, who could have been inspired by anything from creativity to boredom. After the week of clearance, he decided to visit […]

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Birth Control | Linda Yohannes | Fiction

NATURE WAS largely untouched in Hamusit—a large village in remote northern Ethiopia. It was thatch-roofed huts that sparsely dotted the open land. Technology or modern life was absent, in a way that made the people seem vulnerable, in a good way, and made the visitor from the city feel an instinctual envy. Adanech was walking […]

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The Night My Dead Girlfriend Called | Episode 1: “The First Call” | by Feyisayo Anjorin

Badoo’s lover kept calling for over two years after her death. Since the interment, they had not missed their daily bedtime phone conversations—just the way it was since they started dating. The only time they missed the daily routine were the days between her death and her burial. She first called on the night of […]

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Love Like No Other | by Kesiena | An African Story

As I walk past the crowd, with the police men shielding me from angry onlookers, I overhear my mother talking to the press; “No comment please. I am not her mother!” she hissed. I smile. Mum can be such a drama queen! An old whore whose philandering ways not only killed papa but also made […]

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A Little Judgement | by Michael E. Umoh | An African Story

HOW DO YOU SAVE A LIFE? You go out and buy puff-puff. It began like this: I was walking towards a house on First Eleven street, where the tick-tock of a woman’s life was almost at its end. This street, like so many in Lagos buzzed with endless activity. A barber’s generator was on, and […]

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Independence | Stephanie Wanga | An African Story

It is 1963. The countdown starts; steady, sure, rhythmical. The floodlights go out for a full thirty seconds. It is dark, and it is thrilling. I am holding my breath. The floodlights come back on, and the air carries our triumph and our tears. The Union Jack is down. Our flag is up. A new […]

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Why it Matters that Sarah L. Manyika is on the Goldsmiths Prize Shortlist

Just last week, Sarah L. Manyika’s most recent work became one of six novels shortlisted for the Goldsmiths Prize. The prize was established in 2013 to celebrate novelists breaking grounds on the form and technique of storytelling. Congrats to Manyika! Very well-deserved. Like a Mule Bringing Ice Cream to the Sun is delightful story but also a brilliant character […]

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A Long Way from Home | Joy Isi Bewaji | Fiction

She took a walk straight down the road into the past. In 1985 a girl with a large afro and a matching smile in the garage making lunch for Leenah, Peenar and Chinaar, a mash of sand and water and stones in empty Bournvita tins cooked, and in their beaten-up lids served. Motherhood was supreme, […]

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Kwame Dawes’s “Yard Boy”: A Powerful Poem for Our Moment

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Kwame Dawes recently wrote a poem titled “Yard Boy” that speaks to the recent events surrounding the death of George […]

Teju Cole’s Spotify Playlists Offer Musical Solace for These Times

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Among Teju Cole’s many talents is his ability to curate music that captures a mood or even the feel of […]

Petina Gappah to Write Play About the Censorship History of Dambudzo Marechera’s Novel Black Sunlight

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Petina Gappah recently announced that she was writing a play that focuses on “the 1982 banning and unbanning” of Dambudzo […]

Oh, Blessed Bri’Land | Jedah Mayberry | Fiction

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Bri’Land glistened at me, her brilliant display of pink sand shimmering in delight.  It would seem that I had finally, […]

Books That Go with Wine and Books That Don’t

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The beverages most associated with reading are tea and coffee. But many readers love to cozy up in bed with […]

In This House | Inok Rosemary | Poetry

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  In this house, we sift our words, Never letting the walls hear what they shouldn’t. The fear of their […]

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