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“My Friends and Family Know I’m Not a Woman”: Akwaeke Emezi on Figuring Out She Is Transgender

Akwaeke Emezi, most recently photographed for Vogue ahead of the release of her debut novel Freshwater, has come out as a non-binary transgender person—she is not a man in a woman’s body, she is just not a woman. She realised this five years ago and has since undergone surgeries to remove her uterus. “It’s easier […]

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Akwaeke Emezi Photographed by Annie Leibovitz for Vogue Magazine

Akwaeke Emezi’s 2018 is off to a glamorous start. Yesterday she and her sister Yagazi Emezi were profiled in vogue.com. Vogue Magazine listed the sisters in an article celebrating families doing visionary work in various industries. The Emezi sisters are featured alongside Hollywood star Olivia Wilde and her sister Barbara Burchfield, in addition to Ilhan […]

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The 7 African Books Named Among The Guardian’s Best Books of 2017

The Guardian has unveiled its Best Books of 2017. Unlike The New York Times Book Review‘s 100 Notable Books of 2017 which is selected by the newspaper’s editors, The Guardian‘s list is chosen by invited authors and is essentially those authors’ favourite books of the year. This year, seven books by Africans are selected: Uganda’s Nick […]

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Akwaeke Emezi and Uzodinma Had a Moment

Akwaeke Emezi is, in more ways than one, the writer we all want to be. Her debut novel is still four months away from publication and the author is already doing book signing events and…wait for this…she is finishing the manuscript for her third book. In the midst of all these craziness, she found time […]

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Akwaeke Emezi’s Guide to Becoming a Successful Writer in 35 Tweets

Last week, Akwaeke Emezi put on her life coach cape and dished out truths that every writer, artist, dreamer, and aspiring achiever should read. In a series of 35 tweets, she lays down a guide to success that includes everything from setting goals, cultivating good work ethics, and figuring how to block out the noise […]

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The Ogbanje Slays Again! Akwaeke Emezi Spotted in Jay Z’s 4:44 Music Video

Few African literary personalities are as intriguing as Akwaeke Emezi, whose work in literature and film has established her as a multi-talented artist. This past weekend Emezi, who is looking forward to the February 2018 release of her debut novel Freshwater,  shared the delightful news about her appearance in Jay Z’s “4:44” video. “The ogbanje glimmers […]

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This Dance Video Wins Akwaeke Emezi Best African Lit Instagram Post

#TheOgbanjeTurns30! Akwaeke Emezi hit the big Three O about a week ago. The author, whose debut novel Freshwater comes out in a matter of months, celebrated the big day on Instagram in the best way possible. She danced in pure epic intensity to Lethal Bizzle Fester Skank Remix. She looked really happy in the video […]

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Akwaeke Emezi Awarded the 2017 Commonwealth Short Story Prize for Africa Region

Akwaeke Emezi has been awarded the 2017 Commonwealth Short Story Prize (Africa Region) for her entry, “Who Is Like God?” The other regional winners are: “The Death of Margaret Roe” by Nat Newman (Pacific Region), “Drawing Lessons” by Anushka Jasraj (Asia Region), “The Naming of Moths” by Tracy Fells (Canada and Europe Region), and “The Sweet Sop” by […]

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The inaugural Asmara Addis Literary Festival in Exile was held from 8–10 February 2019, in Brussels, Belgium. Founded by Eritrean-Ethiopian novelist […]

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  In a Bali hotel room I shed electricity some quirk of the medication tends and stokes kindles against me […]

The University of Dar es Salaam to Host Ceremony for the 2018 Mabati-Cornell Kiswahili Prize for African Literature 

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The 2018 winners of the Mabati-Cornell Kiswahili Prize for African Literature winners will be honoured at the University of Dar es […]

Death’s Swoop | Andile Ndlovu | Fiction

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  On the morning of our mother’s funeral, three women showed up unannounced and unavoidably. Three women I had seen […]

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WHEN HE PASSED BY ME FOR the first time, I was on my second glass of Venus Portion, a cocktail made […]

Trifonia Melibea Obono’s La Bastarda, the First English-Language Novel by a Woman from Equatorial Guinea, Honoured by Global Literature in Libraries Initiative Prize

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Trifonia Melibea Obono’s La Bastarda, the first English-language novel by a woman from Equatorial Guinea, has been named an honour […]

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