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African Literary Digest: 101 Notable Pieces of 2018

It was inevitable: compiling a list as monstrous as this would consume time, cause a delay. But here we are. 2018 came with its own firsts and highs. A new major publishing house came on board: The Indigo Press, founded by the distinguished Zimbabwean editor and critic Ellah Allfrey. A new major magazine: Kabaka, dedicated to publishing queer-centered […]

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Video | Watch Nnedi Okorafor’s TED Global Talk on Science Fiction and Africa’s Future

Months ago we announced that Nnedi Okorafor had been named a TED Global Speaker for the 2017 conference in Arusha, Tanzania. Now a video of her talk, titled “Sci-Fi Stories That Imagine a Future Africa,” has been uploaded by TED. In it, she talks, for nine minutes, about science fiction and Africa’s future. In three […]

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Emergence | by Ivor W. Hartmann | African Sci-fi

They laid the train tracks back to front and this caused a great deal of confusion—you’d think you were on the train to New York and arrived in Kinshasa, or to Shanghai and found yourself lost in Istanbul. New technology, quantum improbabilities, entangled tracks, spaghetti wormholes, random destinations, we were the living future but it […]

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Chimurenga’s Graphic Adaptation of African Classics is Pure Haunting Perfection

Get ready to be blown away by the recent issue of Chimurenga Chronic. Classic African sci-fi and fantasy novels are re-imagined in the form of haunting graphic art. Conceptually, this issue explores the intersection of myth, science, and science fiction. The timeliness of this exploration needs no convincing. In the last one year, Nnedi Okorafor […]

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The Qurian and the Earthling | by Catherine Oyiliagu | An African Story

Quron was a planet of sand and rock, grasslands and forests, lakes and rivers. It teemed with life, the way Earth once did. With night falling, Azkin’s Cove was virtually deserted. One Earthling and one Qurian remained. Both tall and lean, they stood close together on the small, enclosed beach, watching the vertical fall of […]

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Okorafor Restates (Yet Again): Imagining the Future is not Un-African!

Despite the growing popularity of science fiction among African writers and readers of African fiction, there are people who insist that science fiction is not a legitimate category of African literature. Brought up on the assumptions that realism is the only authentic form of African literary expression, they question the legitimacy of African fiction that imagines […]

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My Lover is an Alien | by Kiru Taye | African Fan-fiction Erotica

I hope you enjoy the third edition of Brittle Paper’s African fan-fiction erotica. Every February right around Valentine’s Day, I join forces with UK-based erotica writer Kiru Taye to rewrite an iconic African novel as a steamy love story, featuring very explicit sexual encounters. The first year was a love tryst between Okonkwo and his third […]

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Sarah | by Liam Kruger | African Science Fiction

I dated the universe for a few weeks back when I was in college. I don’t know that that’s my favorite thing about me, or anything—do people have favorite things about themselves?—but it’s what people tend to lead with when they introduce me to someone new and they need some detail to identify me by. […]

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SynCity NG Releases Anniversary Anthology, Introduced by Tendai Huchu, and Announces Prize Winners, Judged by Mukoma wa Ngugi & Leye Adenle

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In celebration of its one-year anniversary, the Nigeria-based African literature blog SynCity NG announced a prize and a call for […]

Ellah Wakatama Allfrey to Lead New Project for Artistic Partnership between University of Manchester and HOME

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As part of their three-year artistic partnership, the University of Manchester and the Manchester-based arts venue HOME have created a […]

ReWrite London Calls for Short Fiction Submissions from Black Women & Women of Colour

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ReWrite, the London-based platform for Black women and women of colour, founded in 2017 by the Congolese-British writer and facilitator […]

Sunday Times Announces Shortlists for South Africa’s Alan Paton Award & Barry Ronge Fiction Prize

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Sunday Times has announced the shortlists for the prestigious South African literary prizes: the Alan Paton Award, in its 30th […]

Patrice Nganang’s When the Plums Are Ripe, the Second in His Historical Fiction Trilogy, Tells the Story of Cameroon’s Forced Entry into World War II

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The Cameroonian writer and Stony Brook literature professor Patrice Nganang, who in 2017 was arrested for criticising the country’s 37-year-ruling […]

Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani, Jude Idada Lead 2019 NLNG Prize Longlist for Children’s Literature

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The Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG) Prize for Literature has announced its 2019 longlist, led by I Do Not Come […]

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