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Where Are The Cesaires And Chinua Achebes Of Philosophy?

Is there such a thing as an African philosophy? For many, this is a shocking question. But the underlying doubt is whether the black mind—pre-logical or, in any case, strange to the conceptual and the abstract—will ever attain to philosophy. The realm of philosophy itself, of thought in its higher form, has remained forbidden to Africans. […]

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Bandele’s Promising Trailer, Beukes’ DiCaprio Deal. Is This A New Dawn For African Fiction?

The trailer for Biyi Bandele’s adaptation of Half of a Yellow Sun looks promising. I’m willing to bet on its box office success. A few weeks ago, Leonardo DiCaprio’s production company bought the rights for Shinning Girls, a crime thriller written by South African Sci-fi writer, Lauren Beukes. Is this a trend that will last? Will […]

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How Keen Are African Novelists on Sex?

Chimamanda Adichie has often told the story of the Lagos dentist who chided her for writing about sex in Half of a Yellow Sun. Here is how she puts it in a recent interview:  “This woman wrote me a very lovely email, this woman who is a dentist in Lagos and she said, ‘Chimamanda you […]

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Achebe and Coetzee Get Cover Makeover

100 graphic designers from 28 countries teamed up to redesign the covers of 100 classic novels of all time. Of the hundred novels featured, two are African: Achebe’s  Things Fall Apart and Waiting for the barbarian written by South Africa’s J. M. Coetzee. The organizers say the cover redesign were made with “contemporary trends in design and illustration” […]

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RIP Achebe! View Photos from Achebe’s Funeral

Chinua Achebe was buried yesterday at his hometown in Ogidi, Anambra state.  Thousands of well-wishers came out to pay their last respects to a man who gave Africa so much. President Goodluck Jonathan attended in the company of Ghana’s President Mahama. The funeral had a heavy political presence. Ministers, governors, and senators were present in […]

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Elegy for the Nation by Wole Soyinka

For Chinua Achebe at 70 Ah, Chinua, are you grapevine wired? It sings: our nation is not dead, not clinically Yet. Now this may come as a surprise to you, It was to me. I thought the form I spied Beneath the frosted glass of a fifty-carat catafalque Was the face of our own dear […]

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VIDEO | Moving Account of Friendship Between Achebe and Nuruddin Farah

Somalian novelist Nuruddin Farah narrates an anecdote about paying a 7-day visit to Achebe during which they literally talked every waking hour. This is, for me, the most moving and heartfelt account that any African writer has given of Achebe till date. I wish we could have more videos and written reflections like this one. […]

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Why Soyinka’s Sahara Reporters Interview is Disappointing

On Saturday, Soyinka gave a rather revealing account of his relationship with Achebe and his sense of Achebe’s work within the context of the African literary tradition. It was in the form an interview done by Sahara Reporters, who as we all know are very skilled at making interviewees respond to controversial questions. I find […]

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Suyi Davies Okungbowa’s Fantasy Trilogy, The Nameless Republic, Acquired by Orbit 

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Orbit has acquired the rights to the Nigerian writer Suyi Davies Okungbowa’s new epic fantasy trilogy. Titled The Nameless Republic, […]

Ilya Kaminsky & Ellen Bass Have Serious Praise for Romeo Oriogun’s Hotly Anticipated Debut Collection, Sacrament of Bodies

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We are two months away from the arrival of Romeo Oriogun‘s debut poetry collection Sacrament of Bodies, from the University […]

Nancy Adimora, Founder & Editor of Afreada, Rejoins HarperCollins in Diversity-Focused Role

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Nancy Adimora, founder and editor of the literary magazine AFREADA, is returning to US publishing house HarperCollins in a newly […]

Come Home with Me | Obasa Funmilayo | Poetry

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i This is a tribute to the dreams we failed to keep between our breasts, for the fantasies we painted […]

Watch Liberian Journalist Clarice Gargard Talk Her Family History, the Civil Wars, & Charles Taylor

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The Liberian Dutch-American journalist and social advocate Clarice Gargard recently shared her story of Liberia’s civil wars in a TEDx […]

Submit to Issue III of 20.35 Africa Poetry Series, Guest-Edited by Itiola Jones & Cheswayo Mphanza

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Launched in 2018, the 20.25 Africa: An Anthology of Contemporary Poetry collective is pushing institutional boundaries in the African literary scene […]

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