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Publishing Opportunity For African Writers | Submissions to Voices Anthology Now Open

The editors of a new anthology project called Voices invite writers and artists to submit their work for publication. The objective of the publication is to use art and literature to tell stories exploring space and place within a globalized world. The theme of the issue currently being assembled is the ancient city of Ife, an iconic […]

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Adichie in Paris! | Tells Paris TV Her Thoughts on The Nigerian Election

What were you up to last week? Well, Chimamanda was in Paris. As part of the promotional events around the official release of Americanah in France, she met up with Nicholas Germain for an interview that aired on France 24. After giving her usual spiel about how she became black in America, she opens up a bit […]

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Imbolo Mbue, Cameroon’s Million-Dollar Novelist, Publishes First Story

Two months ago, I broke the news to you that a Cameroonian author sold her debut novel, titled The Longings of Jende Jonga, to Random House for a million dollars.  Amidst the excitement that Mbue’s million-dollar advance caused in the African literary community, there was much wonder about who this breakout novelist was. It turns out that […]

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This May Not Be News But… | African Literary Gossip Vol. 1 | Adichie, Selasi, Lalami, Abani, and More

#AFricanLiteraryGossip is a compilation of offbeat news and tidbits on African authors and their social media life. Enjoy! ************************* 1. Moroccan novelist, Laila Lalami (author of A Moor’s Account), takes a selfie while getting dolled up for CBS Late Night Show. {follow on twitter: @lailalalami}   2. A few weeks ago, Nigerian author, Chris Abani (author of […]

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Warsan Shire’s Tenure as London’s Young Poet Laureate Comes to a Sweet End

A year ago, we reported the appointment of Warsan Shire as London’s first ever young poet laureate. Well, a whole year has now passed and her tenure has come to an end. According to BBC news, she had a memorable “year of residences ranging from the Houses of Parliament to beauty salons…as well as the creation […]

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Cameroonian Novelist Signs Million-Dollar Book Deal at Frankfurt Book Fair

It is rumored that US publisher, Random House, paid, at least, a million dollars each to secure the US rights to two novels—The Girls by Emma Cline and The Longings of Jende Jonga by Cameroon-born Imbolo Mbue. This all happened in Frankfurt a few days ago. Publishers came to Frankfurt ahead of the book fair, which […]

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Yay! Half of a Yellow Sun Film in Theaters This Summer!

Biyi Bandele, who directed the Half of a Yellow Sun film adaptation, shared the wonderful news on Facebook today. If Deadline Hollywood is to be believed, Monterey Media Inc. has secured the rights for the film. We are looking at an early summer release of the much anticipated film. Starring Chiwetel Ejiofor and Thandie Newton, Half […]

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Suyi Davies Okungbowa’s Fantasy Trilogy, The Nameless Republic, Acquired by Orbit 

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Orbit has acquired the rights to the Nigerian writer Suyi Davies Okungbowa’s new epic fantasy trilogy. Titled The Nameless Republic, […]

Ilya Kaminsky & Ellen Bass Have Serious Praise for Romeo Oriogun’s Hotly Anticipated Debut Collection, Sacrament of Bodies

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We are two months away from the arrival of Romeo Oriogun‘s debut poetry collection Sacrament of Bodies, from the University […]

Nancy Adimora, Founder & Editor of Afreada, Rejoins HarperCollins in Diversity-Focused Role

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Nancy Adimora, founder and editor of the literary magazine AFREADA, is returning to US publishing house HarperCollins in a newly […]

Come Home with Me | Obasa Funmilayo | Poetry

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i This is a tribute to the dreams we failed to keep between our breasts, for the fantasies we painted […]

Watch Liberian Journalist Clarice Gargard Talk Her Family History, the Civil Wars, & Charles Taylor

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The Liberian Dutch-American journalist and social advocate Clarice Gargard recently shared her story of Liberia’s civil wars in a TEDx […]

Submit to Issue III of 20.35 Africa Poetry Series, Guest-Edited by Itiola Jones & Cheswayo Mphanza

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Launched in 2018, the 20.25 Africa: An Anthology of Contemporary Poetry collective is pushing institutional boundaries in the African literary scene […]

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