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Black: The Literary Salon | Cassava Republic’s New Event Series to Celebrate Black Writing | 27 February

Cassava Republic Press, in partnership with A + F Creative, will be launching a series of events to celebrate black writing tagged “Black: The Literary Salon.” The first event, themed “Love and Desire Bared,” will take place on February 27, 2020 at Ace Hotel, London. It will feature the Nigerian-German writer Olumide Popoola and the […]

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The 4 Winners of the 2019 Miles Morland Scholarship

The 2019 Miles Morland Foundation Writing Scholarship has been awarded to four writers. Two Kenyans, Gloria Mwaniga Odari and Parselelo Kantai, won for fiction and nonfiction respectively, with Liberia’s Hawa Jande Golakai and Nigeria’s Nnamdi Oguike both winning for fiction. This year saw almost 700 entries, from 27 countries—including Nigeria, Kenya, South Africa, Cameroon, Cote […]

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Bibi Bakare-Yusuf, Sarah Ladipo Manyika, Olumide Popoola, Mukoma wa Ngugi at Stimmen Afrikas Literaturfestival in Cologne, Germany

From November 6 to November 9 2019, 33 guests from 19 countries, including several notable African authors, scholars, other individuals prominent in the African literary scene, participated in the tenth Literaturfestival (“literature festival”) hosted by stimmen afrikas (“Voices of Africa”) in Cologne, Germany. The theme this year was “Crossing Borders: Translate – Transpose -Communicate.” According […]

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African Literati React to Oscars Disqualification of Nigeria’s First Ever Entry, Lionheart, with Conversation on Language, Colonial Legacy

On November 5, 2019, African Twitter was abuzz with the news that Lionheart (2018), Nigeria’s first ever submission to the Academy Awards, was disqualified on the grounds that it contained too much English dialogue. The disqualification provoked Twitter responses from several African authors and other prominent individuals of the African literary scene who have written or […]

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Cassava Republic Press to Start African Language Imprint with $20,000 African Publishing Innovation Fund Grant

On October 29, 2019, five African organizations related to writing and publishing, including leading Nigerian publisher Cassava Republic Press, were awarded a $20,000 grant each by the African Publishing Innovation Fund. In a statement published on Facebook on November 1, 2019, which Brittle Paper is recirculating in full with permission, Bibi Bakare-Yusuf, co-founder and publishing […]

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The 20 Writers Shortlisted for the 2019 Miles Morland Writing Scholarships

PRESS RELEASE: Morland Writing Scholarships: 2019 Shortlist The Miles Morland Foundation is pleased to announce the shortlist for the 2019 Morland Writing Scholarships. We received nearly 700 entries this year, over 150 more than last year, with the standard going up alongside the numbers. It’s always a difficult task choosing the shortlist, but this year […]

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Stimmen Afrikas Festival in Germany Set for 10th Anniversary in November, with Bibi Bakare-Yusuf as 2019 Curator

The Stimmen Afrikas Festival in Germany—Voices of Africa in English—will be turning ten in November 2019. The festival, which aims to create a market for African literature in the country, will this year be curated by Bibi Bakare-Yusuf, co-founder and publishing director of Cassava Republic Press. The event, themed “Crossing Borders: Translate – Transpose – […]

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Writers on Social Media: Vol. 2 | Feat. Bibi Bakare-Yusuf, Ellah Allfrey, E.C. Osondu, Nnedi Okorafor, Chika Unigwe, Maaza Mengiste, Farafina Magazine, & More

What did your favourite literary person do on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook recently? Like in our first volume in the series, we went through some timelines to bring you what they were up to. E.C. Osondu Criticizes Prizes Run by “Professional Literary Hustlers” The post in full: When you hand over an important prize to […]

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Kwame Dawes’s “Yard Boy”: A Powerful Poem for Our Moment

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Kwame Dawes recently wrote a poem titled “Yard Boy” that speaks to the recent events surrounding the death of George […]

Teju Cole’s Spotify Playlists Offer Musical Solace for These Times

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Among Teju Cole’s many talents is his ability to curate music that captures a mood or even the feel of […]

Petina Gappah to Write Play About the Censorship History of Dambudzo Marechera’s Novel Black Sunlight

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Petina Gappah recently announced that she was writing a play that focuses on “the 1982 banning and unbanning” of Dambudzo […]

Oh, Blessed Bri’Land | Jedah Mayberry | Fiction

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Bri’Land glistened at me, her brilliant display of pink sand shimmering in delight.  It would seem that I had finally, […]

Books That Go with Wine and Books That Don’t

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The beverages most associated with reading are tea and coffee. But many readers love to cozy up in bed with […]

In This House | Inok Rosemary | Poetry

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  In this house, we sift our words, Never letting the walls hear what they shouldn’t. The fear of their […]

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