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Nine, Ten, Eleven | by Princewill McDaniels | African Flash Fiction

His Blackberry phone gave a loud cry and the battery bar went red, glaring like a deep wound. “Ahhh! Not again!” Tares gnashed his teeth at the thought of another trip to the Cafe to charge his phone for the fourth time today. He grabbed his grey sleeveless top and reached for his charger. “And […]

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My Hair Talks to My Ancestors | by Tendai Machingaidze | African Flash Fiction

They say that I have Schizophrenia. Delusions. Demented dreams that detach me from reality. “Skitso who?” In my culture, there is no such thing. You are either bewitched or you are blessed. Ensnared by sinister or sacred spirits. He looks at me like I am a stray dog. Filthy. Rabid. Foaming at the mouth. He […]

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He is Ted | by Ezebuike Temple | A Poetic Portrait

He is Ted. He walks barefoot and leaves gaping maws in the sand. His shirt is bent outward to the right, at the waistline. His pants have creases, sharp creases. Enough to cut lead crystals. He sits on the coast of the beach. He pours Magna Mystique into a wineglass; the stem and foot, sunk in […]

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The Witch and the Machete Test | By Aja Friday| An African Flash Fiction

Spider drove into his compound flushed and flustered. What had passed in the evil forest was enough to take the heart out of the stoutest of beasts. He would never forgive himself for that one thoughtless mistake, a scar he would have to carry all through his life. He dragged his feet to the door […]

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“A Small Undisclosed Gesture” | Corkscrew | By Dami Ajayi | Flash Fiction

  There is a bottle of red wine, two wine flutes and no corkscrew in sight on the table between us. I watch your countenance change from grim concentration to befuddled puzzlement. This is not a trick; there are no aces up my sleeves, there is just the bottle of red wine needed to snuff […]

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“I Want to Follow You” | Boy on a Train by Akumbu Uche | Flash Fiction

I wanted to stay and watch the fireworks but Aunty Phoebe said, no. I didn’t like it, but I’m glad we didn’t because if we had. I wouldn’t be seated across from you now, taking in your handsome face and your jet black hair. We were the only black family; surely you must have noticed […]

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“Costume Jewelry Dangling” — Hooked by Akumbu Uche | A Flash Fiction

A short history of earrings, slaves and masters. Enjoy this coming of age story, all in a flash! — Editor’s note Women born into my family do not have their ears pierced. It used to be that earrings were used to differentiate slaves from the freeborn. Thanks to the British, this class divide has long […]

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The Flowers Are For: Counselling Swap | Tolulope Popoola | Flash Fiction

Our Flash Fiction Queen, Ms. Tolulope Popoola, graces our presence with this brand new selection. It’s been a while since we posted her work, and have we missed her! We are loving this particular story because it has Popoola pushing the limits of the flash fiction genre. At 380 words, the story is extremely short, […]

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Hollywood or Nollywood? As Americanah TV Series Goes to HBO, Actress Stella Damasus Suggests Industry Slight & Chika Unigwe Responds

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The Americanah TV series adaptation, starring Lupita Nyong’o and written by Danai Gurira, has been ordered by HBO Max. The […]

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

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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

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

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