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This Photo of Angelique Kidjo Channels the Poetry of Leopold Senghor

Days ago, in an exciting music-meets-poetry move, the Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Angelique Kidjo shared this photo of herself, a self-described search for Senegal’s poet-president Leopold Sedar Senghor. One of the continent’s most important intellectuals of the 20th century, Senghor, who passed on in 2001, was a leader of the Negritude movement. Kidjo is leaning on the […]

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A Brief History of African Writers Dancing Their Hearts Out

No, this is not a dream. Fiston Mwanza Mujila, Africa’s most beloved debut novelist, is dancing with Asa. Who knew that African writers danced! How did we get to this?—African writers leaving their ivory tower to dance with the masses. Blame it on The Etisalat Prize for African Literature. Until they came on the scene, we […]

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Celebrating African Fiction! | Official Photos from The Etisalat Prize Award Ceremony

  Writers, celebrities, and Lagos socialites trouped to the Intercontinental Hotel to celebrate contemporary African literature on March 15th. It was a fun-filled evening of music, dancing, and theatrical performances. South Africa’s Songeziwe Mahlungu took the 15,000 pound prize home, making his novel Penumbra the best debut novel by an African author. Angelique Kidjo stole the […]

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The Feminist Fela

I like what Merrill Garbus is doing with the classic Fela Kuti song, “Lady.” She’s teamed up with Questlove, Angélique Kidjo and Akua Naru to cover the song for a new compilation of Fela’s music. Merrill says she’s on a mission to reclaim the hidden feminist message in the song. But why hidden? So Fela Kuti was a cultural critic […]

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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 […]

Kalaf Epalanga, Angolan Author & Musician, Named Curator of the 2020 African Book Festival in Berlin

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The Angolan musician and author Kalaf Epalanga, who looks like the actor Mahershala Ali, has been announced as the curator […]

Addis Ababa Noir, Edited by Maaza Mengiste & Featuring Mahtem Shiferraw, Sulaiman Addonia, Linda Yohannes, Meron Hadero, Hannah Giorgis, Forthcoming in April 2020

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Each anthology in Akashic Books’ noir series is “set in a distinct neighborhood or location within the respective city” and […]

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