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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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15 Pieces to Guide Your Understanding of Xenophobia in (South) Africa

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Once again, this September, xenophobic violence was unleashed on other Africans, mostly Nigerians, in South Africa: businesses were closed, shops […]

Johary Ravaloson’s Return to the Enchanted Island Is the Second Novel from Madagascar to Be Translated into English

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In May 2018, we brought news of the first novel by a writer from Madagascar to be translated into English: […]

Sundays at Saint Steven’s | Davina Philomena Kawuma | Poetry


when god runs out of money (how, no one says) once a week, these days, we come to where the […]

Read the First Excerpt from Petina Gappah’s New Novel, Out of Darkness, Shining Light

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Petina Gappah‘s new novel Out of Darkness, Shining Light was released on 10 September by Simon & Schuster imprint Scribner. […]

We Need To Talk | Muriel Adhiambo | Fiction


IT WAS A warm, humid night in the lakeside city of Kisumu. Under a starless sky, the women, seated on […]

For World Diabetes Day, Miss BloodSugar Calls for Entries to Competition & Anthology Sponsored by Bella Naija

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Press release: What’s your diabetes story? Are you diabetic? Have you been impacted by the experiences of a family/friend/patient with […]

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