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Negritude Is Omnipresent in African Writing: On Its Birth, Rebellion, & Perceived Disappearance | D. S. Battistoli

I Earlier this year, in the context of an English-language debate on race consciousness in Africa, the topic of the Negritude movement came up briefly. The Zimbabwean-South African writer Panashe Chigumadzi wrote in her finely-argued essay, “Why I’m No Longer Talking to Nigerians About Race,” published in Africa Is a Country: Wọlé Sóyinká had been […]

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Ellah Wakatama Allfrey & Bibi Bakare-Yusuf Join the Royal Society of Literature as Honourary Fellows

Caine Prize chair Ellah Wakatama Allfrey and Cassava Republic Press co-founder Bibi Bakare-Yusuf have been inducted into the UK’s Royal Society of Literature (RSL) as Honorary Fellows, a category for “those who have made a significant contribution to the advancement of literature as publishers, agents, booksellers or producers, or who have rendered special service to […]

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For the Novel’s 10th Anniversary, Cassava Republic Is Reissuing Sarah Ladipo Manyika’s Three Million-Selling In Dependence

Sarah Ladipo Manyika’s debut novel In Dependence was published in 2009 by Cassava Republic Press and has since sold more than three million copies in Nigeria. To mark the novel’s 10th anniversary, Cassava Republic will be reissuing it on 14 May 2019. Here is a synopsis: It is the early-sixties when a young Tayo Ajayi sails […]

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Cassava Republic Shortlisted for Small Press of the Year at the British Book Awards

UK-based Nigerian publishing company Cassava Republic has been shortlisted for the British Book Awards’ inaugural Small Press of the Year recognition. The award, sponsored by CPI Group, was “launched to celebrate the innovative and nimble publishers making names for themselves outside the mainstream.” Among the 41 presses shortlisted across the award’s nine regional and country […]

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A Stranger’s Pose | Emmanuel Iduma and Ayọ̀bámi Adébáyọ̀ in Book Chat at Angels & Muse, Lagos

Nigerian authors Emmanuel Iduma and Ayọ̀bámi Adébáyọ̀ will be in conversation at Angels & Muse, Lagos on November 23. They will be discussing Iduma’s new memoir A Stranger’s Pose. Join Emmanuel Iduma for an evening of intimate chat on his new book, A Stranger’s Pose, a unique blend of travelogue, musings, and poetry. He will be in conversation […]

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Abubakar Ibrahim Leaves Paressia Publishers, Signs with Cassava Republic, Amid Speculation

Novelist and journalist Abubakar Adam Ibrahim has left Parresia Publishers, his Nigerian publishers since 2011, to sign with Cassava Republic Press. He made the announcement on his Facebook wall. Ibrahim’s literary career took off in 2013 after the publication of his collection of stories, The Whispering Trees, and the shortlisting of its title story for […]

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Leye Adenle’s Second Crime Novel, When Trouble Sleeps, Serves Up Thrilling Political Intrigue Ahead of Nigeria’s 2019 Elections

In 2016, Cassava Republic Press published Nigerian writer Leye Adenle’s crime novel Easy Motion Tourist, a thriller that serves up Lagos in its heat and that became the perfect introduction to the world of Naija Noir. The book, which has since been translated into French and Spanish and won Le Prix Marianne at the Salon du […]

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The Heart of It: Working Through Xenophobia in South Africa | Ruksana Elk

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READ: 15 Pieces to Guide Your Understanding of Xenophobia in (South) Africa Talking xenophobia with South Africans of all classes […]

The Brittle Paper Interview with the Caine Prize 2019 Winner: Lesley Nneka Arimah

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In July, Lesley Nneka Arimah received the 2019 Caine Prize, the award’s twentieth edition, for her short story “Skinned,” published […]

Hollywood or Nollywood? As Americanah TV Series Goes to HBO, Actress Stella Damasus Suggests Industry Slight & Chika Unigwe Responds

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The Americanah TV series adaptation, starring Lupita Nyong’o and written by Danai Gurira, has been ordered by HBO Max. The […]

15 Pieces to Guide Your Understanding of Xenophobia in (South) Africa

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Once again, this September, xenophobic violence was unleashed on other Africans, mostly Nigerians, in South Africa: businesses were closed, shops […]

Johary Ravaloson’s Return to the Enchanted Island Is the Second Novel from Madagascar to Be Translated into English

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In May 2018, we brought news of the first novel by a writer from Madagascar to be translated into English: […]

Sundays at Saint Steven’s | Davina Philomena Kawuma | Poetry

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when god runs out of money (how, no one says) once a week, these days, we come to where the […]

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