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Celebrate Africa Day with These 13 Under-the-Radar African Books Published in the 1960s

It’s Africa Day! To celebrate, we’ve put together a baker’s dozen of under-the-radar books published by African authors during the 1960s. Why the 1960s? Well, because Africa Day was first instituted on May 25, 1963, so we thought this moment would be a good opportunity to cast an eye back to that decade in terms […]

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Zoe Wicomb Talks Intersectionality, Reading Other Writers, and That Time When Heinemann Put Her Photo in Bessie Head’s 1971 Novel, Maru

In a new interview in The Johannesburg Review of Books, South African novelist Zoe Wicomb revealed an error by Heinemann in their 1971 publication of Bessie Head’s novel Maru. The interview, excerpted from Wicomb’s new book Race, Nation, Translation: South African Essays, 1990-2013, is conducted by the collection’s editor Andrew van der Vlies and centres on intersectionality […]

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For Women’s History Month, Enkare Review Is Listing African Literary Women Who Have Inspired Them

For March 2018’s Women’s History Month, Enkare Review magazine is listing the 30 African literary women who have inspired them. The project, curated by one of the magazine’s editors, Rosie Olang’, is ongoing on their Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages. Each day, one writer is revealed. So far, 12 writers have been listed, from March […]

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African Literary Digest: 79 Notable Pieces of 2017

It isn’t that time of the year when we look back on what happened in it—that time is December, and this is February. But a delay in releasing this list seemed inevitable for a year that, on several levels, saw our literary culture expand. Organisations took groundbreaking steps: in March, Jalada Africa held a 12-city, […]

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Bessie Head’s Gesture of Madness | By Hugo kaCanham | Essay

Brittle Paper recently published a feature on Bessie Head’s 1991 collection of letters, A Gesture of Belonging. In that essay, Ainehi Edoro took me back to two years ago when Bessie’s letters were the centre of my life. Her story reads like that of my grandmother, my mother and many black women that I know. Her […]

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The Puzzling Business of Self-Invention — Review of Chela’s Caine Prize Story by Ainehi Edoro

Here is the last of the Caine Prize story reviews. It’s been pretty amazing featuring reviews—of the shortlisted story—written by bloggers and writers of note in the African literary community:  Orem Ochiel’s review of Oduor’s “My Father’s Head” , Richard Ali’s review of Diane Awerbuck’s “Phosphorescence” , Aaron Bady’s review of Billy Kahora’s story , Kola Tubosun’s review of Tendai Huchu’s “Intervention”  […]

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Prosaic and Uninspiring — A Review of Huchu’s Caine Prize Story By Kola Tubosun

Still keeping our promise to bring you reviews of all five stories shortlisted for the  Caine Prize. So far, we’ve featured  Orem Ochiel’s review of Oduor’s “My Father’s Head.”  Richard Ali’s review of Diane Awerbuck’s “Phosphorescence”  Aaron Bady’s review of Billy Kahora’s story This week, it’s the Nigerian writer and editor, Kola Tubosun, reviewing Tendai Huchu’s […]

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Of Dead or Headless Fathers — Review of Okwiri Oduors Caine Prize Story by Orem Ochiel

Still keeping our promise to bring you reviews of all five stories shortlisted for the  Caine Prize. Last week, we featured Richard Ali’s review of Diane Awerbuck’s “Phosphorescence” and the week before  Aaron Bady’s review of Billy Kahora’s story. This week, it’s the Kenyan writer, Orem Ochiel, reviewing Okwiri Oduor’s “My Father’s Head.” Oduor’s story was originally […]

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Is Oedipus Rex a Form of Detective Fiction? — Watch Episode 5 of Prof. Ato Quayson’s Vlog

Is Oedipus Rex a Form of Detective Fiction_ --- Watch Episode 5 of Prof. Ato Quayson's Vlog

The fifth episode of Professor Ato Quayson’s vlog Critic.Reading.Writing is up! As the literary vlog enters its fifth week, Quayson […]

Wole Soyinka Writes Letter of Solidarity for Detained Humanist Mubarak Bala

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Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka has never hesitated to speak out in the face of injustice. He recently penned a letter […]

Kenyan Filmmaker Wanuri Kahiu and Ghanaian American Playwright Jocelyn Bioh Collaborating on a Disney+ Project

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Wanuri Kahiu will direct the Disney+ film adaptation of the Broadway musical, Once on This Island, reports Hollywood Reporter. Ghanaian-American […]

Treasure is a New Novella by Oyinkan Braithwaite

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Calling all fans of My Sister, the Serial Killer! Oyinkan Braithwaite has a new novella out. Titled Treasure, the book […]

Chimamanda Adichie on Her Experience with Temporary Memory Loss After a Bad Fall

Chimamanda Adichie on Her Experience with Temporary Memory Loss After a Bad Fall

Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has had a pretty rough year. In April, she announced the loss of an aunt […]

David Diop’s Debut Novel, At Night All Blood is Black, Forthcoming in English

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The English translation of David Diop’s debut novel, At Night All Blood is Black, is forthcoming in October 2020. An […]

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