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The Story We Must Never Forget | Helon Habila Documents the Chibok Tragedy in New Book

Helon Habila tpically writes works that are charged with social and political meaning and relevance. His 2008 novel Oil on Water, which won the Commonwealth Prize, took up issues such as kidnapping, oil conflicts and the problem of militancy in Niger Delta Nigeria. This time around, his latest book tells the stories of the families affected […]

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Elnathan John Treats Fans to Debut Novel About Northern Nigeria

On November 12, Cassava Republic rolled out one of its last titles of the year with the publication of Born on a Tuesday by Elnathan John. John who, over the years, has built a huge reader base— thanks to his satirical writing [read here]—said on Twitter that the novel took him a few years to […]

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Chibok by Jen Thorpe

Six months Is almost enough time To create A new person. Over two hundred Should be enough To garner some Consistent, persistent, resistance. Those on the road To the nowhere Somewhere Elsewhere The girls are now, Didn’t they see? Don’t they know Something, Anything? Waiting with Patience for Goodluck Has left a silence Where answers […]

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From Chibok With Love | By Wole Soyinka | Humanist Award Acceptance Speech

Here is Soyinka’s timely and thought-provoking speech on the stolen girls of Chibok. He presents a strong critique of contemporary humanist thought, particularly its struggles and failures to adequately engage with religious fundamentalism. Soyinka is essentially asking: How do you even begin to address the absurdity of a thought system that imagines it is “virtuous…to abduct […]

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Chicago Stands Up for Abducted Nigerian Girls | A Brittle Paper Photo Story

From Lagos to London to Paris, crowds are gathering in front of consulates and in city squares, chanting the same chorus: “bring back our girls now!” On April 14th, an insurgent group called Boko Haram abducted over 300 girls from a school dormitory in a Northern Nigerian town called Chibok. In the three weeks since […]

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Adichie’s Political Canticle

“The President I Want” by Chimamanda Adichie is a direct address to President Goodluck Jonathan, in which she slams his response to the abduction of over 200 girls in northern Nigeria. The writing consists of a long inventory of actions, attributes, and dispositions she expects from the President of a nation such as Nigerian—a Nation […]

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Nwuabani Says Nigerians Should Laugh About Boko Haram? Is She Being Ironic?

Making light of the situation [Boko Haram] helps us cope with the constant threat of violence. Every Sunday morning when I pull up to the concrete road blocks outside my church, policemen surround my car. One peeps through the window at my driver, his finger hovering close to the trigger of his gun. Another slides […]

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“The Sewing of a Corpse”–Adichie

Chimamanda Adichie’s essay in the Financial Times has been making its rounds on the internet since last week when it appeared. I quite loved the second part of the essay where she reflects on loss and mourning, using some of the most thought-provoking imageries. Not to make too grand a point about an essay that […]

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Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi’s Second Novel Acquired by Booker Prize-Winning Publisher, Oneworld

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Oneworld has acquired the rights to Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi’s second novel. Titled The First Woman, the novel is the third […]

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

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On November 5, 2019, African Twitter was abuzz with the news that Lionheart (2018), Nigeria’s first ever submission to the Academy […]

Opportunity for African Writers | Submit Your Work for the 2020 K & L Prize

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The 2020 K & L Prize is open for submissions. Currently in its second year, the $1000 NZ prize was […]

South African Literary Awards 2019: All the Winners

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The winners of the 2019 South African Literary Awards (SALA) were announced on Thursday, November 7, at a ceremony held […]

“A Hymen is Where Angels Live”: Chika Unigwe, Molara Wood, Kọ́lá Túbọ̀sún, and the Definitions of Hymen You Never Knew Existed

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Yesterday started off as an ordinary day on African literary Twitter. There was the usual announcement of newly published books […]

Achebe, Adichie, Okri, Gyasi, Coetzee’s Novels Make BBC’s List of 100 Novels That Shaped Our World

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In 2018, BBC Culture polled literary experts around the world to “nominate up to five fictional stories they felt had […]

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