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New World Hymn| by Momtaza Mehri | African Poetry

fajr (one) Dew or the wetness on a man’s cheek. Find me a distinction. Both descend at night, leave by morning. I want to believe in so much more than this. I want to say we are more than our geographies of loss and believe it. Help me believe it. zuhr (two) What will you […]

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African Literature on Instagram Vol. 3 | Taiye Selasi: The Jet-setting Literary Diva

It’s yet another edition of the “African Literature on Instagram” series, and we can’t wait to take you into the magical world of Taiye Selasi, the author of Ghana Must Go. [Check out African Literature on Instagram Vol 1 and Vol 2] Today, African literary figures are not satisfied with just being writers. They tend to […]

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The Screwscape Letters—My Dear Afropolitan Africa Is Not Your Auntie’s Kitchen

Your supreme illusion is that you think you are an African. A word of clarification: I am not a cultural Nazi. The problem is not that you’ve never lived in an African country, that you don’t have a passport from an African country, that you don’t know what it means to travel (like a glorified […]

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5 Reasons Why Taiye Selasie is The Sexiest African Female Novelist

Taiye Selasi was born to a Nigerian father and a Ghanaian mother in London and was raised in Boston. She is a successful novelist, a brilliant writer, and a fashionista. In her world, smartness and style are clearly not in opposition, but what makes her, in my book, the sexiest African female novelist? 1. Let’s […]

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Hip and Lagosian

Yeah, I see you’re checking out my Ankara loafers, damn right I’ve got an Ankara tie too and yeah, I was at the jazz fest last night, and the book reading the day before.  But don’t call me an afropolitan; I don’t let my dreads go all wild like those weirdos; and yeah I pop […]

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“Read Salone, Build Salone”: The First Sierra Leone National Book Fair | 5-7 Dec.

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Between December 5 to December 7, Freetown, Sierra Leone, will play host to the Sierra Leone National Book Fair—the first […]

Is There a Quota of 5 Books by African Authors for Every “Best 100 Books of 2019” List?

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As yet another year draws to a close, literary lists of various sorts are once again filling our newsfeeds. During […]

Laila Lalami’s The Other Americans Longlisted for the 2020 Aspen Words Literary Prize

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Moroccan-American novelist Laila Lalami’s The Other Americans has recently been longlisted for the 2020 Aspen Words Literary Prize. Described on the Aspen Prize’s […]

Apply for SBMEN’s Workshop “Literary Criticism: Judging Dynamic Creative Writing in All Forms”| 23 November

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The Society for Book and Magazine Editors of Nigeria (SBMEN) is calling for applications to its fourth (and last) editing […]

They Say There are Over 50 Translations of Things Fall Apart. Here are 61.

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How many times have you heard or read that Things Fall Apart has been translated into over 50 languages? And yet, […]

Vol. II of 20.35 Africa: An Anthology of Contemporary Poetry, Guest-edited by Yasmyn Belkhyr & Kayo Chingonyi, Now Available Here

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In November 2018, we published the debut volume of the 20.35 Africa: An Anthology of Contemporary Poetry series. The first […]

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