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Pisho | by Jesse Mpango | An African Story

For him war was the sound of vehicles. The ones so heavy they had to bounce as they moved to let the ground breathe between blows. They scuttled through the night, rattling mechanically. His mother told him that they were taking supplies and aid to camps near the border, but she had been lying more […]

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The Other Woman | by Adaeze Amaka | An African Story

Chioma sat at a far corner of the room. Her disheveled hair appeared thin at the edge. Her legs were stretched in front of her, criss-crossed like those of a penitent worshipper. She propped her head against the wall and peered at a band of spiders weaving cobwebs on the corrugated iron sheets. Occasionally, the […]

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Incense | by Hauwa | An African Story

In all the dreams I have had of my brother, Nur, he is dressed the same way as the last time I saw him in real life— twenty years ago. I summon that day every day of my life since he left home. And though it has been two decades, the only thing time has […]

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Grace? | by Justin Muodebelu | An African Story

This morning, father prayed about our family being favored to see the morning while others died because they didn’t have the grace of God. I didn’t say Amen. Not because I wasn’t thankful for my life being “spared.” I simply remembered my Aunt, Ebere, who died in the Sosoliso air crash. She was my best […]

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Adichie’s Dreamy Little Story About Bruce Lee and Apollo

The April 15 issue of the New Yorker has a story by Chimamanda Adichie, titled “Apollo.” Don’t get your hopes up. The story is not about space shuttles and thersmospheric exploration. In Nigeria, Apollo is the colloquial name for the eye infection called conjunctivitis. The story traces the budding intimacy between a boy named Okenwa […]

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“Has Gana Kissed You Yet?” — The New Bride by Oluseun Onigbinde

  The “New Bride” is a young girl’s lament for losing a sister to an undeserving suitor. It is not an epistolary, but it will make you think of a letter written by someone who knows the pain of losing a loved one to the violent and impersonal force of custom. Oluseun Onigbinde is both […]

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Bernardine Evaristo: Your Guide to All Eight Books by the Booker Prize Winner

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While better known in the African literary scene as the founder of the massively influential Brunel International African Poetry Prize, […]

TJ Benson’s Forthcoming Novel, The Madhouse, Follows a Troubled Family Across Four Decades

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The Nigerian writer TJ Benson has a new novel set to be published by Masobe Books in 2020. A new […]

The Guardian UK Criticized for Headline Calling Bernardine Evaristo’s Booker Prize-winning Novel Obscure

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Right after Bernardine Evaristo and Margaret Atwood were announced joint winners of the 2019 Booker Prize for Fiction, the UK’s […]

Bernardine Evaristo’s Joint Win of the Booker Prize, with Margaret Atwood, Makes Her the First Black Woman & Second Nigerian to Receive the Honour

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The Nigerian-British novelist Bernardine Evaristo has been awarded the 2019 Booker Prize for Fiction, for her novel Girl, Woman, Other, […]

The Queen of Dahomey: Episode Three | The Witches of Auchi Series | Anthony Azekwoh

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There was an old woman with a ragged scar on her cheek who lived alone on the outskirts of Dahomey. […]

Befeqadu Hailu, Ethiopian Writer-Activist & Co-founder of Zone 9 Blog, Named 2019 International Writer of Courage

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Befeqadu Hailu, the Ethiopian writer, activist, and co-founder of the Amharic-language human rights platform Zone 9 Blogging Collective, has been […]

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