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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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Chika Unigwe Speaks About Igbo Identity at Centre for Memories Monthly Distinguished Speaker Series

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Nigerian author and professor Chika Unigwe recently spoke at the Centre for Memories, Enugu Sports Club, Enugu State, Nigeria, as […]

Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi’s Second Novel Acquired by Booker Prize-Winning Publisher, Oneworld

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Oneworld has acquired the rights to Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi’s second novel. Titled The First Woman, the novel is the third […]

African Literati React to Oscars Disqualification of Nigeria’s First Ever Entry, Lionheart, with Conversation on Language, Colonial Legacy

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On November 5, 2019, African Twitter was abuzz with the news that Lionheart (2018), Nigeria’s first ever submission to the Academy […]

Opportunity for African Writers | Submit Your Work for the 2020 K & L Prize

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The 2020 K & L Prize is open for submissions. Currently in its second year, the $1000 NZ prize was […]

South African Literary Awards 2019: All the Winners

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The winners of the 2019 South African Literary Awards (SALA) were announced on Thursday, November 7, at a ceremony held […]

“A Hymen is Where Angels Live”: Chika Unigwe, Molara Wood, Kọ́lá Túbọ̀sún, and the Definitions of Hymen You Never Knew Existed

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Yesterday started off as an ordinary day on African literary Twitter. There was the usual announcement of newly published books […]

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