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Joseph Conrad Is “a Literary Brother to Achebe,” Says Ngugi wa Thiong’o

In a review for The New York Times, of the American Harvard professor Maya Jasanoff’s new book The Dawn Watch: Joseph Conrad in a Global World, which considers the life and legacy of the Polish novelist, revered author Ngugi wa Thiong’o has revived the Chinua Achebe versus Joseph Conrad conversation, disagreeing with part of Achebe’s reading […]

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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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Read Prof. Kwame Anthony Appiah’s Foreword to the New Edition of Achebe’s Trilogy

So much has been said about how Chinua Achebe’s first three novels—Things Fall Apart (1958), No Longer at Ease (1960) and Arrow of God (1964)—constitute a trilogy charting the response of three generations of the Igbo society to colonialism. Okonkwo’s story in the first novel is set in the 1890s, at the beginning of colonial […]

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Dear Ms. Paper: Did Achebe Really Invent African Literature?

Dear Ms. Paper, I got into a bad argument in class today. I’m so angry it’s a bit hard to type this right now. My literature professor said Achebe invented African literature. I didn’t think I heard right, so I raised my hand up and asked, “Excuse me sir, which Achebe do you have in […]

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Opportunity for African Writers | Entries Open for African Literary Hustle Edited by Mukoma wa Ngugi and Laura Murphy

Kenyan novelist Mukoma wa Ngugi teams up with American literature professor Laura Murphy in a one of a kind literary project. They are co-editing a special issue of the New Orleans Review titled The African Literary Hustle. Their aim is to give African writers a space to share writing considered to be unconventional from the standpoint of […]

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Bernard Dadié, the Achebe of Cote d’Ivoire, Wins Literary Prize at 100

Bernard Dadié is 100! His birthday was on January 10, but last week the literary legend had the chance to celebrate the huge milestone in the best way possible. He joined friends and family in Abidjan were he was honored as the winner of the UNESCO sponsored Jamie Torres Bodet award. Winning the award comes with a 50, […]

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Flora Nwapa and the Letter That Changed Nigerian Literature Forever

In the early 1960s, Flora Nwapa sent Chinua Achebe a mail containing a manuscript. She probably didn’t imagine that much would come out of it. Unlike most writers of her time, becoming a writer did not start out as a life’s goal. “There was nothing in me when I was in school that made me feel […]

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What Do African Literature Professors Read? | Prof. Ato Quayson Reveals His Childhood Library

As any avid reader knows, books define us. Things we read brand us. They become part of our intellectual DNA, defining who we are, our moral compass, our emotional lives, and even how we encounter future books. Maybe that’s why it’s always so fascinating to see what people read at key moments in their lives. A few […]

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Sarah Waiswa’s Twitter Thread on African Women Photographers Is a Visual Fest

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Recently on Twitter, the Ugandan-born Kenya-based photographer Sarah Waiswa gave us a curation of stunning photos by African female photographers. […]

Genesis | Kharys Laue | Poetry

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  I The beginning contains a seed of the end. II A man stands at the foot of the mountain. […]

GoFundMe | Donate to Help Egyptian Writer and Feminist Icon Nawal El Saadawi Undergo Medical Care

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The Egyptian writer and feminist icon Nawal El Sadaawi is ill. To foot her medical bills, a GoFundMe appeal was […]

The Home Manual | Ayodeji Oluwaseyi Isaac | Fiction

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  You will be coming to my house for the first time, pal, and the following are words to live […]

Every Poem Needs Time to Breathe and Become | Interview with Echezonachukwu Nduka

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  Echezonachukwu Nduka is a Nigerian poet, classical pianist, and musicologist. His poems have appeared in several publications including Saraba, […]

Abiku | Olowogboyega Olumuyiwa | Fiction

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  The tour guide had begun by saying, “Traditional African art is characterized by fear, that’s why most of our […]

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