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After 25 Years, Ben Okri Writes Beautiful Essay in Honor of His Booker Prize-winning The Famished Road

It is hard to believe that 25 years has passed since Ben Okri stunned the world with the story of a Azaro, a spirit child stranded in the human world. Published in 1991, The Famished Road was one of the crowning moments of the 20th century, as far as fiction goes. Okri’s poetic prose and […]

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Lesley Nneka Arimah’s New Yorker Story is a Crazy Mix of Genres

For those eager to find new African writing, Lesley Nneka Arimah is a gift. There is nothing rookie about Arimah’s work. Her story  “Light” won the Africa category of the Common Wealth Prize and was subsequently published by Granta. Still her New Yorker story, published last week, took many of us by surprise for being ridiculously […]

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African Literary Horoscope | Cancer — the Homemakers of the Zodiac

[AFRICAN LITERARY HOROSCOPE is a series featuring satirical astrological interpretations. The idea is to adapt African fiction and poetic works to the needs of readers born under each sign of the Zodiac. We are kicking off the series with Cancer, the sign that falls within June 21 and July 22. If you were born under the sign […]

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Paging All Londoners! | Don’t Miss AFRICA WRITES — UK’s Biggest African Literary Event

July 3-5 is the date to mark on your calendar if you live in London or happen to be there. Ben Okri is billed to headline two days of events celebrating African literature. There will be book launches, readings, author appearances, panel discussions to delight fans of African writing. Most of the events will take […]

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We are Rooting for Wole Soyinka as He Seeks Prestigious Oxford Professorship

Wole Soyinka is a Nobel laureate, but becoming the Professor of Poetry at Oxford University comes with a whole new kind of prestige. For 300 years, poets of great renown have vied to hold what many say is “the top academic poetry role in the UK.” Oxford Professor of Poetry is an elected post, but the […]

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How to Cook African Literary Food | Ben Okri and The Magic of Pepper Soup

So much of the magic in Ben Okri’s The Famished Road revolves around pepper soup—a dish universally loved by everyone in the novel, whether man or woman, ghost or prehistoric creature. Some of the most important scenes in the novel take place in Madame Koto’s bar. Fans of Okri’s classic know Madame Koto’s bar as an […]

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My African Book Diary | Valentine’s Day Flowers Inspired By African Novels

This past weekend was spent getting my hair done. Right now, I have on some jumbo Senegalese twists. I’m loving my hair and feeling very ready for Valentine’s Day. Speaking of Val Day, I’ve been thinking about love tokens inspired by African literature 🙂 What came to mind was a bouquet of flowers consisting of flowers featured in […]

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For the Love of Food! | Ben Okri & Mukoma wa Ngugi Featured in Food Fiction Project

Mukoma wa Ngugi, Ben Okri and host of well-known writers collaborate in an anthology of stories inspired by food and the relationships we forge around it. The title of the anthology is Cooked Up: Food Fiction from Around the World. What a gorgeous idea for a literary project! The collection, curated by London-based writer, Elaine Chiew, […]

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Chimurenga’s Broadcast & Book Launch at The New School (NYC) Will Explore African American Participation in & Cultural-Historical Complexity of FESTAC ’77 | 23-25 October

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Press release: Chimurenga at The New School, NYC | 23 -25 October 2019 From 23–25 October 2019, Chimurenga will install its Pan […]

Children of Virtue and Vengeance | Read an Excerpt from the Second Novel in Tomi Adeyemi’s Legacy of Orisha Trilogy

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A few months back, Adeyemi unveiled the cover for Children of Virtue and Vengeance, the second installment in her Legacy […]

Otosirieze Obi-Young Talks Brittle Paper’s Support for Queer Writers in Literary Hub Profile

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Brittle Paper‘s deputy editor Otosirieze Obi-Young was recently profiled on Literary Hub. The October 3 feature is titled “On a […]

Book Review | Cheluchi Onyemelukwe-Onuobia’s The Son of the House | Ikhide Ikheloa

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Triumphant Tales of Many Daughters in Houses of Hurt The smell of last night’s ora soup had clung to the […]

Jude Idada Awarded 2019 NLNG Prize, for Children’s Novel Exploring Sickle Cell Disease

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The Nigerian writer and filmmaker Jude Idada has been awarded the 2019 Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG) Prize for Literature, […]

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, […]

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