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PHOTOS: Chinua Achebe Memorial Tribute at Duke University

On April 4, a small group of students and faculty gathered together to pay tribute to Chinua Achebe, who passed away on March 21st. The event took place in the stunningly beautiful Gothic Reading Room in Duke University’s main library. After Prof. Nancy Armstrong opened the event with a welcome message, three speakers gave a […]

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Chris Abani: “As a writer I have fought with Achebe”

Achebe tributes are still pouring in. From time to time, I will post excerpts from those I find particularly interesting. Nigerian Author, Chris Abani (Graceland), writes this lovely reflection on Achebe and his writing. Abani also touches on what it means to be one of Achebe’s literary descendants. *scroll down for excerpt* “As a writer […]

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There’s Something Trippy About Heart of Darkness

Many things rattled Achebe about Heart of Darkness.  In his 1977 essay titled, “An Image of Africa,” he seemed astonished that Conrad could reduce Africa to mere prop or stage effects for the tragic story of one European life. For this, Achebe called Conrad a “bloody racist” and 10 years later—when the essay was reissued […]

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Achebe On How Victims of Slavery May Have Been Mourned

“[PBS Television] came to me and said, What would the village have done the day they discovered that the boy (Equiano) was missing? — Chinua Achebe In the late 90s, Achebe tried to imagine the African experience of loss and slavery. As part of a show, PBS asked him to reflect on how an African family or village might […]

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Andrew Oki’s Bonfires of the Gods: A Novel That Refuses to Forget

Chimamanda Adichie’s Half of a Yellow Sun is, perhaps, the most popular among a small body of Nigerian novels that try to think seriously about violent events that have taken place in the nation’s past. Adichie has said in interviews that the novel comes from her unease about the fact that an event as catastrophic […]

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“Things Fall Apart is Now More Famous Than I am!” — Achebe In Recent Interview With Iranian Journalist

You can now read Achebe’s Things Fall Apart in Persian. Achebe wrote the novel in the late 1950s to counteract the notion that Africa’s past was “one long night of savagery.” The novel has become a modern classic and has been translated into more than 50 languages. Perhaps, as an effort to endorse this new translation […]

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A Super Cheesy History of the Novel

Novels are like people in most aspects except their birthday. The first novel was born multiple times between 1719 and 1750. But like everyone else, the novel had a difficult childhood, followed by an uncertain teenage life. Every step of the way, however, the worse was averted and the novel successfully came of age.  As […]

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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 […]

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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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