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Chika Unigwe Speaks About Igbo Identity at Centre for Memories in Enugu

Nigerian author and professor Chika Unigwe recently spoke at the Centre for Memories, Enugu, Nigeria, as the November speaker for the Centre’s monthly distinguished speaker series. Other notable speakers in the series include Nigerian professor and social activist, Chidi Odinkalu, and Nigerian professor Pat Utomi. Currently convened by Patrick Okigbo, the Centre for Memories is […]

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

Yesterday started off as an ordinary day on African literary Twitter. There was the usual announcement of newly published books and essays, congratulations for recent award winners, and of course, a tweet or two about Chimamanda Adichie. We were, in short, performing our regular scroll-through of our Twitter feed, thumb swiping up, thumb swiping up, […]

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REPORT | Inside Nigerian Literature’s Sponsorship Problem and the Worsening Struggle Between Prizes and Defaulting Funders

AT THE START OF THE 2010s, a community of Nigerian poets had formed on Facebook, sharing links to poems, offering free critiques. Young and promising, they were in search of opportunities. In 2015, one of them, Samson Iruesiri Kukogho, registered Words, Rhymes & Rhythm, a publishing company operating from Ibadan, Lagos, and Abuja, meant to […]

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As Americanah TV Series Goes to HBO, Actress Stella Damasus Suggests Slight on Nollywood & Chika Unigwe Responds

The Americanah TV series adaptation, starring Lupita Nyong’o and written by Danai Gurira, has been ordered by HBO Max. The 10-episode show will also have Gurira as showrunner. Based on Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s third novel, which won the National Book Critics’ Circle Award for Fiction in 2014 and has been suggested to be her “signature […]

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Enter for the 2019 Awele Creative Trust Short Story Award

The 2019 Awele Creative Trust Award is open for entries. Founded in 2013 by the NLNG Prize-winning novelist Chika Unigwe, as an initiative of her Awele Creative Trust, the Short Story Award recognizes the best unpublished fiction by a writer living in Nigeria, irrespective of nationality, and between the ages of 16 and 26. Previous […]

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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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Chika Unigwe and TY Bello Share #MeToo Stories, Explaining How Shame and Silence Stop Women from Reporting Sexual Assault by Men

In light of criticism and protests in Nigeria against Biodun Fatoyinbo, the Commonwealth of Zion Assembly (COZA) pastor who has been accused of rape by the photographer Busola Dakolo, the novelist Chika Unigwe and the singer-photographer TY Bello have revealed stories of their own. The author of the NLNG Prize-winning On Black Sisters’ Street, who […]

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Brittle Paper’s Deputy Editor Otosirieze Obi-Young has been named one of the “100 Most Influential Young Nigerians” in 2019 by […]

For Working Class Writers & Refugees, Sulaiman Addonia Is Giving Out 40 Free Tickets to the Asmara Addis Festival

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When writing is described as an elitist profession, critics mean that opportunities in the field are determined by access, which […]

Modern Sudanese Poetry | New Anthology Spans Six Decades of Sudanese History & Cultural Intersections

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Modern Sudanese Poetry: An Anthology, translated and edited by the Sudanese poet Adil Babikir, was published in paperback in September […]

Chuma Nwokolo Compensated in Plagiarism Lawsuit Against High Definition Film Studio, Shares More Stories of Plagiarism of His Work

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In November 2019, the Nigerian author Chuma Nwokolo called out Nollywood filmmaker Bright Wonder Obasi for using sections of his […]

Apply to the African Writers Trust Publishing Fellowship Programme

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African Writers Trust (AWT) is a non-profit collective that seeks to promote the sharing of skills and resources, and to […]

Dr Stella Nyanzi Receives Oxfam Novib/PEN International Award for Freedom of Expression

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The Ugandan academic and gender and queer rights advocate Dr Stella Nyanzi has been awarded the 2020 Oxfam Novib/PEN International […]

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