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Living Someplace Else | by Iwundu Wisdom | An African Story

The book lay still on the high-back wicker chair, like the news of murdered evangelists on federal ears, only swaying slightly in the breeze. On other days the books—especially this book—are very far places I visit and of which I become a part but today, it was only an open volume with pages the scent […]

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The Fear of Tomorrow | Yejide Kilanko | Fiction

  “It is the fear of what tomorrow may bring that makes the tortoise carry his house along with him wherever he goes.” *** Dover, England. Days piled on days, months on months, the world continued to turn without waiting on anyone. It had been seventy-one years since the famous revolution at Animal Farm. Since […]

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Imbolo Mbue: The Novelist with a Million Dollar Smile

35 year old Imbolo Mbue looks amazing in this photograph, showing that her exquisite taste is not limited to literature alone. She’s owning a monochrome red Altuzarra outfit and dishing out all sorts of hair envy with her very free and very wonderful halo of Afro. Thanks to a recent feature on Glamour US, we now […]

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Corper Kola | by Lamide Aranmolate | An African Story

Kafila dug her heels into my buttocks, banging me even deeper into her. Every time I stroked myself up into her, a word escaped in a hoarse whisper from her chest. “Gawd!” I slammed into her again. “Yes! Motimbo!” Another slam. The cupboard against which her head rested slapped rhythmically against the wall punctuated by the […]

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Expectant | Ashley Okwuosa | An African story

Ijeoma sat on the on the toilet seat with the dripping pregnancy test enclosed in her palm. She stared at it, willing the results to change. After an unreasonably long time in the small bathroom, she stood up and walked to the sink where she looked at herself in the mirror. She had just turned […]

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After Elona | by Zino Asalor | An African Story

For weeks the city of Port-Harcourt was agog with whisperings of what transpired on Olozu Street. Who was the girl? Was she really sixteen? Were the accusations true that she had ordered food at Lulu’s Place with no intention of paying? Whatever became of her? Was she lynched? There were predictions that come Christmas the […]

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Pool Side | by Simisola Adeyinka | An African Story

  Tumi had a way of looking at people whenever she spoke to them. She never let her eyes run over your face to assess each feature with unconscious carefulness; instead she stared straight into your eyes. She stared intently until you felt just a wee bit flustered. Did she want a comment? Did she […]

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Not Guilty | Abdifatah Shafat | Fiction

HAWO stares at the television, wide-eyed, frightened. A young reporter holds his hand to his ear and shouts into the microphone: “Witnesses are saying the clerk handed over the cash before he was shot!” Behind the man, a crowd gathers outside the Garissa Store in South Minneapolis. People wail, more people shout and curse. Hawo […]

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Down River Road, a New Print & Online Magazine Exploring the Alternative in Literature, Music, & Visual Art, Calls for Submissions to Second Issue

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A new Nairobi-based print and online magazine, down river road, is exploring the margins, the shifting centers, and the new […]

Dr Stella Nyanzi Wins Appeal at Ugandan Court, Regains Freedom, But Is Possibly Re-arrested

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Dr Stella Nyanzi is free. The academic, feminist and queer rights advocate has been in prison for criticising Uganda’s long-serving […]

Apply for This Fully-funded Creative Writing Scholarship at the University of East Anglia, Sponsored by the Miles Morland Foundation

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The Miles Morland Foundation African Writers’ Scholarship is currently accepting accepting applications for its 2020 program. It is an initiative […]

Chinelo Okparanta Recalls Her First Teenage Crush

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“I was 16 years old, nearly 17, when a boy first expressed interest in me. Or, maybe it was that […]

Namwali Serpell, Maaza Mengiste & Marlon James Are Finalists for Los Angeles Times Book Prizes

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Finalists for the Los Angeles Times Book Prizes have been announced. The Ethiopian novelist Maaza Mengiste is nominated in the […]

Romeo Oriogun Shares Heartfelt, Powerful Personal Story as Anticipation Peaks for His Debut Poetry Collection, Sacrament of Bodies

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Romeo Oriogun’s debut poetry collection Sacrament of Bodies is still some 12 days away from its March 1 publication date […]

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