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On Adichie | From Bookshop Clapback to Post-colonial Theory Shade: What Really Happened in Paris?

On the 25th of January, Award-winning novelist and acclaimed feminist writer Chimamanda Adichie was in Paris to attend The Night of Ideas, a cross-continental cultural event held by the Institut Francais at the Quai d’Orsay. One of the events scheduled for the day was Adichie being interviewed by French journalist Caroline Broué. Broué is an […]

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Meet Chimamanda Adichie’s Instagram Squad

Y Every woman needs a squad or what the feminist writer Bell Hooks calls “real sisterhood”—a band of women who support and share a collective vision. Chimamanda Adichie, herself a feminist, has a three-woman squad behind her successful Instagram account @chimamanda_adichie. She recently shared a picture of these smart, social media savvy women, describing them […]

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Photos | Chimamanda Adichie Honored at Harper’s Bazaar Women of the Year Awards

Chimamanda Adichie recently attended Harper’s Bazaar‘s Women of the Year Awards. She was an honoree at the event and shared a heartfelt message on Instagram, thanking the magazine for what she describes as “an evening that felt like a gift.” Here is her full message: “Thank you Harper’s Bazaar for recognizing the full complexity of […]

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Wole Soyinka Has a Lot to Say on Biafra in His Recent Essay

  Soyinka’s recent essay, titled “War In Nigeria: Victory Remains Elusive, 50 Years On,” contains a lot of helpful insights on the Biafra question. Nigeria’s civil war of the late 1960s was re-introduced into the global imagination with the publication Chimamanda Adichie’s Half of a Yellow Sun. Chinua Achebe’s last book before his passing also […]

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Why Adichie’s Farafina Workshop Will Not Be Held This Year

There will be no 2017 Farafina Creative Writing Workshop. In an email to Brittle Paper, Chimamanda Adichie, who is Creative Director at the workshop, stated that “our sponsor, Nigerian Breweries PLC (NB PLC), abruptly withdrew their sponsorship due to a need to streamline their expenditure.” First held in 2008, the cancelled 2017 event would have […]

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#TBT | An Ode to Makeup | The Full Transcript of Chimamanda Adichie’s Wellesley Speech

Our #TBT feature this week is Chimamanda Adichie’s Wellesley speech. Two years ago, Adichie gave the commencement speech at Wellesley College. It’s an insightful speech on the multiple dimensions of feminist ideas and ideals. She begins with an anecdote about her journey to loving makeup and goes on to explore the culture of privilege and […]

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The Impossibly Dapper Novelist: A Look at Alain Mabanckou’s Style File

From Chimamanda Adichie’s widely-publicized made-in-Nigeria wardrobe to Teju Cole’s Ikire Jones scarves to Prof Ato Quayson’s fedora hats, fashion and style have become a new mode of self-expression among African literary figures. They effortlessly blend literary success and a love for style. In so doing, these writers have transformed the idea of the public intellectual into […]

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Chimamanda Adichie at City of Columbia’s Books In Bloom Festival | By Arao Ameny

The city of Columbia, Maryland—a city located midway between Washington D.C. and Baltimore—hosted its first literary festival ‘Books in Bloom’ this past Sunday on June 11 at Symphony Woods Park. Nigerian writer and Columbia resident, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, headlined the event this past Sunday promoting her book Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen […]

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Chike Frankie Edozien’s “Lives of Great Men” Is a Finalist for the 2018 Publishing Triangle Awards

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Lesley Nneka Arimah and Zinzi Clemmons Are Finalists for the $35,000 Aspen Words Literary Prize

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Lesley Nneka Arimah’s short story collection, What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky, and Zinzi Clemmons’ novel, […]

For Women’s History Month, Enkare Review Is Listing African Literary Women Who Have Inspired Them


For March 2018’s Women’s History Month, Enkare Review magazine is listing the 30 African literary women who have inspired them. […]

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