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Mratata | By Chumisa Paquita N | An African Story

I’ve seen a gun three times in my life. * The first time I was about six years old; in Ngqeleni, old Transkei, my grandfather’s home, my father’s home, my home. It was a Sunday night in a candle-lit sitting room – “six-corner” as my grandmother called it, a hexagonal rondawel – as a result […]

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Bitter Kola, Saltwater and Other Remedies | By Gbolahan Badmus | An Ebola Story

  It all began on a Monday afternoon. I was walking home from work with a newly acquired headache. No big deal really except that I learned, early the same morning, that the virus had spread to the neighborhood where my workplace was situated. I had decided to avoid bodily contacts, even handshakes. But the rush […]

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“She Was the Perfect Art” | Distance | By Carl Terver | A Vignette

It was a long trip from Akure. Three days ago Sade returned from the United States, and she ran to Abuja. She had important contacts to hook up with. And she knew also that she had to see Ralph. It rained on the evening she arrived at Ralph’s place: quiet neighborhood with trees adorning its […]

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“Brooklyn, Where Shadows Are Welcome” | Freckled by Kiah | A Love Story

The crying has stopped and for that above all else, I am thankful. I thought it would never end. I am beyond grateful that it finally did. I walk on egg shells, saying little, for fear that my words will set off the time bomb that is the woman I loved. Loved. Past tense. If […]

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The Science of African Sex! Why We Love Jalada’s New Collection

Every once in a while, stories come along that surprise critics and readers who claim to know African literature. Jalada’s recent compilation about sex strikes me as that kind of work. Jalada Africa is a literary collective committed to reshaping the way writing is published and circulated within the continent. Their recent collection titled Sext […]

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The Puzzling Business of Self-Invention — Review of Chela’s Caine Prize Story by Ainehi Edoro

Here is the last of the Caine Prize story reviews. It’s been pretty amazing featuring reviews—of the shortlisted story—written by bloggers and writers of note in the African literary community:  Orem Ochiel’s review of Oduor’s “My Father’s Head” , Richard Ali’s review of Diane Awerbuck’s “Phosphorescence” , Aaron Bady’s review of Billy Kahora’s story , Kola Tubosun’s review of Tendai Huchu’s “Intervention”  […]

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Nnedi Okorafor’s Doodles and Secret Messages | Quirky African Authors

  Would you pay 42 dollars (shipping fees included) for a novel? What if the author doodles stunning little patterns on the cover and includes a secret message? If you’re a true fan, I bet you would. Nnedi Okorafor took to Facebook a little while back and shared pictures of doodled copies of Lagoon, her most […]

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Leila Aboulela Takes Us Back 14 Years to the First Caine Prize | Exclusive Interview

We are so pleased to bring you this Q&A with the brilliant and gorgeous Leila Aboulela. 14 years ago, the Sudanese author made history when she won the inaugural edition of the Caine Prize for African Writing.  She’s gone on to publish a short story collection titled Colored Lights (2001), in addition to two critically […]

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The 2019 Brittle Paper Award for Creative Nonfiction: Meet The 4 Finalists

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The 5 Shortlists for The 2019 Brittle Paper Awards were announced in November. Begun in 2017 to mark our seventh anniversary, the Awards […]

Apply to Study for an MFA in Creative Writing at Texas State University

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The creative writing program at Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas is currently accepting applications for a Master’s in Fine […]

BBC Apologises to Bernardine Evaristo Over Presenter’s “Another Author” Reference, Following Twitter Backlash

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Last night, the BBC was at the receiving end of a storm on Twitter when a presenter failed to name […]

The 2019 Brittle Paper Award for Fiction: Meet The 5 Finalists

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The 5 Shortlists for The 2019 Brittle Paper Awards were announced in November. Begun in 2017 to mark our seventh anniversary, […]

The 2019 Brittle Paper Award for Essays & Think Pieces: Meet The 5 Finalists

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The 5 Shortlists for The 2019 Brittle Paper Awards were announced in November. Begun in 2017 to mark our seventh anniversary, […]

The Voices I Overcame To Write Silence Is My Mother Tongue | Sulaiman Addonia

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“Do you not want to ever see me again?” my mother said to me on the phone one day in […]

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