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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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In Her Debut Memoir, Bassey Ikpi Deepens Our Understanding of Mental Health by Sharing Her Own Journey

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In 2004, while on tour with Def Poetry Jam, the Nigerian poet and spoken word artist Bassey Ikpi was diagnosed […]

Wo̩lé S̩óyinká’s Forthcoming Book, His 50th at Age 85, Looks at the Aesthetics, Traditions, & Histories of African Art

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Fresh from celebrations for his 85th birthday days ago, Wo̩lé S̩óyinká has a new book coming. An expansion of his […]

Royal African Society: The UK Home Office Visa Service Discriminating Against Africans

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The following is a press release by the Royal African Society.  Home Office Visa Service Discriminating Against Africans “Home Office […]

The Auditory Art of Storytelling in A Small Silence | Reviews by Ainehi

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  A Small Silence is the debut novel by Nigerian poet Jumoke Verissimo. The story is sad, funny, and inspiring […]

Event | The Sixth Praxis Hangout, Focusing on Mental Health, Is Coming to Kano

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Praxis Hangout, a literary event hosted by the Nigeria-based Praxis Magazine Online, is coming to Kano. Organised in collaboration with […]

Wo̩lé S̩óyinká Turns 85, Birthday Wishes Pour In

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Professor Wo̩lé S̩óyinká turned 85 years old two days ago. Tributes and wishes have been pouring in from around the […]

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