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Famzing African Literary Stars: Meeting Jeremy Weate The Cassava Man

You know me here as a blogger. But in my other life I am an academic, which means that I get sponsored to go to conferences where I listen to people say smart things while I sit there pretending to be smart. This past summer I was in Johannesburg for one such conference and decided […]

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Queer Moments in African Novels—The Palmwine Drinkard And the Complete Gentleman

Old-school African novels are filled with scenes where men look at women. Much less frequent are scenes where men are captivated by the bodies of other men. There is one such scene in The Palmwine Drinkard. It’s been 7 months since the Drinkard left his home. He’s spent much of that time traveling from town to […]

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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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Biafra War Story Like It’s Never Been Told: “Modern Girls” by Teju Cole

By the time we were in tenth standard, Nuratu was one of the few girls brazen enough to relax her hair, and risk the wrath of Mrs Allardyce. That won her some admiration from us. Still, her English wasn’t very good – she pronounced ‘ch’ as ‘sh’ – and her laughter sometimes sounded like the […]

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3 Days of Achebe! Mail&Guardian Sponsors Achebe-Inspired Literary Event in Johannesburg

From August 30 to September 1, enthusiasts of African literature and politics will gather at the historic Market Theatre in Johannesburg and listen to sessions on politics, literature, and art inspired by Achebe’s work. Mail&Guardian, South Africa’s premier newspaper, is the major sponsor of the literary event. Subtitled Achebe’s Children: Africa’s Suspended Revolutions, “the festival will […]

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African Science Fiction Makes a Comeback: A Review of AfroSF

By Matthew Omelsky Has African science fiction only recently come into existence? Or are we only now beginning to pay attention to it? These questions are complicated for a few reasons. For one, there is an extensive history of speculative fiction by white South African writers, arguably going as far back as Ferdinand Berthoud’s 1924 […]

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The Saga Continues: Maja-Pearce Speaks Out On His Quarrel With Soyinka

The most recent episode in what seems like an old quarrel between Wole Soyinka and Adewale Maja-Pearce began with Soyinka’s infamous Sahara Reporters interview. We have always known that Soyinka is extraordinarily gifted when it comes to insulting people. Little surprise at the bitting and borderline cruel remarks targeted at Maja-Pearce for allegedly misrepresenting Soyinka’s […]

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FLASH FICTION: The Alibi by Tolulope Popoola

One of the things I love and hate about my job is that it allows me access to other people’s private lives. Not that I would have chosen this career path seven years ago, when I graduated from university. But after job hunting fruitlessly in the pharmaceutical sector for so long, I took up the […]

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What Will Post-pandemic Fiction Look Like?

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Inevitably, every major global event affects the cultural production coming after it. So what will literature produced after and about […]

Memento, New Anthology Edited by Adedayo Agarau, Collects Notable Voices in Contemporary Nigerian Poetry 

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The American publisher Animal Heart Press has released an anthology of Nigerian poetry. Titled Memento: An Anthology of Contemporary Nigerian […]

Join Down River Road Magazine’s Virtual Book Club, Currently Reading Gabriel Garcia Marquez | #drrbookclub

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down river road, the new Nairobi-based magazine exploring the alternative in literature, music, and visual art, has launched an online […]

The 8 Writers & Journalists on OkayAfrica’s 100 Women List 2020

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OkayAfrica has released its 2020 “100 Women” list celebrating “extraordinary women from Africa and the diaspora making waves across a […]

Submit to WriteNow Magazine 3rd Edition on the Theme of Quarantine

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WriteNow is a creative writing NGO that was founded in 2017 by Nigerian writer and poet Kehinde Badiru. In partnership […]

Highlights from the Afrolit Sans Frontières Virtual Literary Festival

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In this interminable era of social distancing, social media has emerged not only as a network for writers and creators […]

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