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The Respect of a First Wife | by Bunmi Anjorin-Kogbe | An African Story

The yam was cooked. Ore, refusing to use a dish cloth, removed the pot from the cooker and set it on the worktop next to the bowl of ground pepper, tomatoes and onions. On opening the pot the steam wafted to the ceiling, disintegrating in the atmosphere. There was still enough water in the pot, […]

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Not Yet Uhuru! | by James Ogunjimi |An African Story

He first time he came across those words in a community library. Books at the library were being rearranged and those tagged ‘old’ were being discarded to make way for new ones. He had seen those words written boldly on the cover of a book sitting on the floor of the bookshelf. Like ant to […]

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Chanji | Amatesiro Dore | Fiction

Finally it’s our turn to queue in front of the dogonyaro tree. The men did last week. “Father’s name?” The Registration Man asks. “Aliyu,” I say. He frowns like it’s my fault he asked the wrong question. He ought to have asked for my husband’s name. He asks the correct question. I think: should I […]

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The Last Mathematician | by Kearoma Mosata | An African Story

This morning the last mathematician took his last breath. Silently, serenely and without warning he heaved a sigh of content at a life well lived and wandered off to join the greats. *** This morning I woke up at my usual time and made my sick father bogobe. I served it with sugar and milk as […]

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Blessed by a Witch | by Dorothy Diamond | An African Story

Leila loved going to the botanical gardens and spending some quiet time alone, with her bible in hand. It was part of her routine after Sunday service—to avoid a heated lunch conversation with her mother in law, who had taken over the meals at the table after church. Leila had no place at all, no […]

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End of the World, Perhaps | by Erhu Amreyan | An African Story

It was on a normal Saturday morning that the world decided to go to shit. I’d just returned to my apartment after meeting a client, all worn out and tired. I took a cold shower and made myself some breakfast—corn flakes, toast and jam, tea and vodka. I never eat anything without alcohol. Call me […]

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Unspeakable Joy | Djarabi Al-Misaawi | African Erotica

When he came, it was not a soft, hesitant, indecisive knock on my door, but a very assured pounding. *** I catch a glimpse of myself in the mirror as I hurry to the door, and I hesitate. Almost instinctively I reach for my headscarf and wrap it round my head. I am tempted to […]

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A Chance to Meet Kemi Adetiba | by Nnamdi Oguike  | An African Story

The National Theatre stands ahead of us, shaped like the cap of an army general. Guy and I have just participated in an audition for the next season’s Nigeria Has Got Talent. We are either auditioning for acting roles in highbrow sitcoms or soaps or singing and dancing out our invention of routines before a […]

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#SaveLambdaLiterary | Leading LGBTQ Literary Organization Needs Your Help

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Lambda Literary is struggling under the devastating financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic. On April 17, the organization launched a […]

Innocent Chizaram Ilo Awarded 2020 Commonwealth Short Story Prize for Africa Region

Innocent Chizaram Ilo 2020 Commonwealth Short Story Prize

Nigeria’s Innocent Chizaram Ilo is the regional winner for Africa of the 2020 Commonwealth Short Story Prize for their short […]

What We Are Reading This Week | Magical Tales About Life in Northern Nigeria

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BUY Cassava | Amazon A new edition of Abubakar Adam Ibrahim’s The Whispering Trees is out in Cassava Shorts, a […]

Poda-Poda Stories Calls for Submissions from Sierra Leonean Writers

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Poda-Poda Stories is a new digital platform curating Sierra Leonean literature. The platform was founded by Ngozi Nicole, a Sierra […]

Petina Gappah’s Out of Darkness, Shining Light Wins the 2020 Chautauqua Prize

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Petina Gappah’s Out of Darkness, Shining Light is the winner of the 2020 Chautauqua Prize. The Chautauqua Prize has been awarded […]

Brittle Paper Quote of the Week — Wole Soyinka

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  The of Quote of the Week is by Wole Soyinka: “The man dies in all who keep silent in […]

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