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The Magical Science of Fiction: A Review of Lauren Beukes’ Zoo City

Zoo City is not science fiction in the classic sense. There are no flying saucers, sexy body suits, slimy aliens, or sterilized outer space stations. There is witchcraft, 419, drugs, and genetic mutation. Zoo City, written by South Africa’s Lauren Beukes, is certainly among the small cluster of African novels that have tried to stay true to the […]

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How Keen Are African Novelists on Sex?

Chimamanda Adichie has often told the story of the Lagos dentist who chided her for writing about sex in Half of a Yellow Sun. Here is how she puts it in a recent interview:  “This woman wrote me a very lovely email, this woman who is a dentist in Lagos and she said, ‘Chimamanda you […]

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Meet The African Writers In The Running For The Commonwealth Book Prize

With barely three weeks left until the winner of the Commonwealth Book Prize is announced, let me get you up close and personal with the African writers who made the short list. Of the 21 novelist shortlisted, five are Africans— three Nigerians, a Congolese-South African, and one South Sudanese-Australian (representing Australia). Congrats to all five for […]

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Chris Abani: “As a writer I have fought with Achebe”

Achebe tributes are still pouring in. From time to time, I will post excerpts from those I find particularly interesting. Nigerian Author, Chris Abani (Graceland), writes this lovely reflection on Achebe and his writing. Abani also touches on what it means to be one of Achebe’s literary descendants. *scroll down for excerpt* “As a writer […]

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VIDEO | Chimamanda Remembers Achebe

News of Achebe’s passing is still fresh on our minds. Here is Chimamanda Adichie reflecting on the man and the writer in an interview by CNN London. She was interviewed live from Lagos.   If you were wondering what Wole Soyinka, Achebe’s good friend and literary compatriot, has said about his passing, here is an […]

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Book Review: Nothing Comes Close by Tolulope Popoola

Here is my review of the debut novel, Nothing Comes Close, of Nigerian author, Tolulope Popoola. The review was originally published on Bella Naija, a leading African lifestyle and fashion blog. Book Title: Nothing Comes Close Author: Tolu Popoola Publisher: Accomplish Press Year Of Publication: 2012 Pages: 193 But for $2.99 at amazon Reading Nothing Comes Close by Nigerian […]

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There’s Something Trippy About Heart of Darkness

Many things rattled Achebe about Heart of Darkness.  In his 1977 essay titled, “An Image of Africa,” he seemed astonished that Conrad could reduce Africa to mere prop or stage effects for the tragic story of one European life. For this, Achebe called Conrad a “bloody racist” and 10 years later—when the essay was reissued […]

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Review of Christie Watson’s Tiny Sunbirds

My review of Christie Watson‘s first novel, Tiny Sunbirds, Far Away appeared on Nigeria’s Daily Times last week. Christie Watson won the Costa First Novel Awards for Tiny Sunbirds. The Costa awards is given to authors living in Britain or Ireland. A cool tidbit about Christie Watson is that she’s actually an NHS nurse. And in […]

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Down River Road, a New Print & Online Magazine Exploring the Alternative in Literature, Music, & Visual Art, Calls for Submissions to Second Issue

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A new Nairobi-based print and online magazine, down river road, is exploring the margins, the shifting centers, and the new […]

Dr Stella Nyanzi Wins Appeal at Ugandan Court, Regains Freedom, But Is Possibly Re-arrested

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Dr Stella Nyanzi is free. The academic, feminist and queer rights advocate has been in prison for criticising Uganda’s long-serving […]

Apply for This Fully-funded Creative Writing Scholarship at the University of East Anglia, Sponsored by the Miles Morland Foundation

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The Miles Morland Foundation African Writers’ Scholarship is currently accepting accepting applications for its 2020 program. It is an initiative […]

Chinelo Okparanta Recalls Her First Teenage Crush

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“I was 16 years old, nearly 17, when a boy first expressed interest in me. Or, maybe it was that […]

Namwali Serpell, Maaza Mengiste & Marlon James Are Finalists for Los Angeles Times Book Prizes

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Finalists for the Los Angeles Times Book Prizes have been announced. The Ethiopian novelist Maaza Mengiste is nominated in the […]

Romeo Oriogun Shares Heartfelt, Powerful Personal Story as Anticipation Peaks for His Debut Poetry Collection, Sacrament of Bodies

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Romeo Oriogun’s debut poetry collection Sacrament of Bodies is still some 12 days away from its March 1 publication date […]

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