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Why Lupita Nyong’o Wrote a Picture Book for Children of Color

Kenyan-Mexican Actress – now author! – Lupita Nyong’o has released a picture book for children. In Sulwe, Lupita Nyong’o addresses something she has long campaigned for, since her stunning win at the Oscars in 2014: the validity of someone’s dreams, irrespective of background – or color. The book introduces us to Sulwe, a dark-skinned girl […]

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The Longlist for the 2018 Golden Baobab Prize Announced

The longlist for the 2018 Golden Baobab Prize is out. The prizes provide opportunities for African writers and illustrators to produce more culturally-relevant children’s books. They are organized by Golden Baobab, a Ghana-based arts and culture literary nonprofit that works to increase representation of Africa in the children’s book world. This year, over 300 entries of […]

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A Kenyan Tank Engine Joins The Hit Children’s TV Show Thomas & Friends

Thomas the Tank Engine is the fictional character in Reverent Wilbert Awdry’s The Railway Series about steam locomotives. Thomas who is celebrated and well-loved by children the world over is also the lead character in the TV Show titled Thomas and Friends. Mattel, the company who owns the rights to the series, recently announced that […]

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Our Favorite Sci-Fi Filmmaker Wanuri Kahiu Publishes a Children’s Book

For those of you who are desperately and constantly in search of African children’s books, Wanuri Kahiu’s recent collaboration with Lantana Publishing is a gift. The book, written by Kenyan writer and filmmaker Wanuri Kahiu, is titled The Wooden Camel. It tells the story of Etabo, a Turkana boy living in the Northwest of Kenya, […]

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Nnedi Okorafor’s Chicken in the Kitchen Wins Children’s Africana Book Award

On October 8th, Nnedi Okorafor attended a ceremony at the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art in Washington, DC  where she received recognition her contributions to African children’s books. Okorafor and the Iranian illustrator Mehrdokht Amini were both awarded the Children’s Africana Book Award for Chicken in the Kitchen. The Children’s Africana Book Award is a prize […]

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Children’s Books You Shouldn’t Reread

Do you have memories of reading a book as a child and loving it? If you picked up that book now, will you relive the pleasure? Or will you be horrified? For example, I remember my brother saying that he was appalled at the racist subtexts of The Adventures of Tintin. But he only realized this […]

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Itiola Jones Joins 20.35 Africa Poetry Collective as an Editor

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The American Nigerian poet Itiola Jones has joined the 20.25 Africa: An Anthology of Contemporary Poetry collective as an editor. […]

After One Comes Ten | Golden Anurika Ahuachaogu | Poetry

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Somewhere in the north, above red earth and foils of prayers, the smell of wet henna fights to outlive the […]

Sumbua | Gloria Mari | Fiction

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BEATRICE WATCHES THE parking lot, her ornamental beads jingling. “Is Sumbua coming?” she asks her mother standing beside her. Her […]

Americanah TV Series: Chinonye Chukwu to Direct First Two Episodes, Corey Hawkins Joins Cast as Blaine

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Chinonye Chukwu, the Igbo-born director of last year’s Sundance award-winning film Clemency, will be directing the first two episodes of […]

Photos | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Is the Inaugural Recipient of the ILFU Festival’s Belle van Zuylen ring

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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has been honoured with the inaugural Belle van Zuylen ring, an award by the ILFU International Literature […]

The 2000s-10s Generation of Nigerian Writers Has Failed Politically | Michael Chiedoziem Chukwudera

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1. At the Ake Arts and Books Festival in Lagos last October, the novelist Helon Habila said something about identifying […]

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