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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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PHOTOS | The Asmara Addis Literary Festival in Exile: a Pan-African Event for Feminism, Free Love, and Radical Ideas

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The inaugural Asmara Addis Literary Festival in Exile was held from 8–10 February 2019, in Brussels, Belgium. Founded by Eritrean-Ethiopian novelist […]

Fever | Sarah Lubala | Poetry

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  In a Bali hotel room I shed electricity some quirk of the medication tends and stokes kindles against me […]

The University of Dar es Salaam to Host Ceremony for the 2018 Mabati-Cornell Kiswahili Prize for African Literature 

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The 2018 winners of the Mabati-Cornell Kiswahili Prize for African Literature winners will be honoured at the University of Dar es […]

Death’s Swoop | Andile Ndlovu | Fiction

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  On the morning of our mother’s funeral, three women showed up unannounced and unavoidably. Three women I had seen […]

A Dead Deer from the Past | Romeo Oriogun | Memoir

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WHEN HE PASSED BY ME FOR the first time, I was on my second glass of Venus Portion, a cocktail made […]

Trifonia Melibea Obono’s La Bastarda, the First English-Language Novel by a Woman from Equatorial Guinea, Honoured by Global Literature in Libraries Initiative Prize

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Trifonia Melibea Obono’s La Bastarda, the first English-language novel by a woman from Equatorial Guinea, has been named an honour […]

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