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Cassava Republic Press to Start African Language Imprint with $20,000 African Publishing Innovation Fund Grant

On October 29, 2019, five African organizations related to writing and publishing, including leading Nigerian publisher Cassava Republic Press, were awarded a $20,000 grant each by the African Publishing Innovation Fund. In a statement published on Facebook on November 1, 2019, which Brittle Paper is recirculating in full with permission, Bibi Bakare-Yusuf, co-founder and publishing […]

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Help Fund a Multimedia Dictionary of Yoruba Names

If you’re looking to express your passion for African literature by supporting an African literary project, here is something to consider. Last week, Nigerian linguist Kola Tubosun, who is also a fellow literary blogger, informed me of his plans to put together a Yoruba name dictionary of sorts—“an online multimedia database of all Yoruba names.” […]

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Do We Need a Yoruba Translation of Einstein’s Theory of Relativity?

The scarcity of novels in African languages is not the only reason why we should be concerned about the future of African languages. What worries me more than anything is the absence of translations in these languages. Why isn’t there a Dinka translation of Plato’s Republic, a Yoruba translation of Madame Bovary, a Hausa translation […]

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Video | “Adichie’s Metaphysical Empire”? Ngugi Interviewed on BBC’s Hardtalk

To write or not to in an African language. 40 years later, that is the question still bugging Ngugi wa Thiongo. In this video, he speaks on the place of language and translation in contemporary African fiction while being interviewed by  Gavin Esler of Hardtalk Extra, the art-centered version of the popular BBC talk show […]

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Untranslatable African Words: The Case of “Ilunga”

Today’s post is about African language. I don’t know how true this is but American essayist, Pamela Haag, writes in a recent post that the Bantu word, “ilunga,” was named the most difficult word to translate in 2004. Wondering what “ilunga” means? See her attempt to translate it below.    “Ilunga (Bantu): A person who is willing […]

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Laila Lalami’s Forthcoming Memoir Conditional Citizens Recounts Her Journey from Moroccan Immigrant to U.S. Citizen

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Moroccan-American author Laila Lalami has a new book forthcoming on April 28, 2020 from Pantheon Books. Titled Conditional Citizens, the […]

Neighbors (A Quarantine-Themed Fiction) | E. C. Osondu

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My neighbor Vinny Capriani is a great neighbor. I’m happy to have him as one. I live in a state […]

Tope Folarin and Nnamdi Ehirim Longlisted for the 2020 VCU Cabell First Novel Award

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Tope Folarin and Nnamdi Ehirim are both on the longlist of the 2020 VCU Cabell First Novel Award. The annual […]

Credo Mutwa, Celebrated South African Healer and Author, Dies at 98

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Credo Mutwa, celebrated South African traditional healer and author of several books, died following a period of ill health on […]

What We Are Reading This Week | A Feminist Guide to Living and Thinking Sensuously

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In the final week of women’s history month, we are celebrating a writer whose work has inspired us for years. […]

Midas & The Prodigal Daughter | Isabelle Baafi | Two Poems

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Midas the legend was not always true there was a time when empires were built on dreams and prophesies and […]

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