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Dear Ms. Paper: Why Does Yaa Gyasi’s Homegoing Bother Me So Much?

 Dear Ms. Paper I found Gyasi’s Homegoing a dizzying, confusing wreck of a novel. It felt like way too many characters were jostling for space in a story that should just be about two women. The plot movement was too choppy for my taste, to be honest. Right when you’re getting invested in a character, […]

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Dear Ms. Paper: How Do I Stop Faking My Love for African Literature?

Dear Ms. Paper: I have successfully faked my love for African literature for many years. Even though my dinner party conversations and twitter feed says otherwise, I’ve never really liked African literature.  African fiction is too serious. There is never a moment of pure delight. It’s always talk talk talk of colonialism or some world […]

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Dear Ms. Paper: Do I Need a US Visa to Become a Successful Writer?

Dear Ms Paper,  I am always so happy when I see an African writer come into the international limelight—when Warsan Shire was featured in Beyonce’s song, I was over the moon. But lately I’ve begun to notice a worrying trend. It seems as if none of the successful writers that inspire me actually live here […]

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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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Dear Ms. Paper: How Can I Survive Being 30 and Single?

Dear Ms. Paper, Since I was 15, I have always wanted to be married. But, here I am—30 and still without a beau. My obsession with Bellanaija Weddings hasn’t helped. I spend my free time pouring over fairytale wedding stories of total strangers and find myself being bitter and unhappy with my life. I feel […]

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Dear Ms. Paper: How Do I Stop Hating on My Successful (African Writer) Friend

Dear Ms. Paper: One of writer friends just made the long list of a prestigious literary prize. We both live in Lagos and have been friends for years now. When she told me about the longlist, I tried to sound excited. I even posted congratulatory messages on social media. But, if I have to be honest to myself, […]

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Dear Ms. Paper: I Want to Kill My (Tribalist) Editor!

Dear Ms. Paper:  My editor hates me. And I can tell it’s because she harbors intense hatred for my ethnic group. It’s obvious in the way she enjoys pointing out spelling mistakes for no other reason than to shame me. In my last email, I called her out for daring to accuse me of writing in cliché’s and […]

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Dear Ms. Paper: Help! I’m In Love with an African Novelist

  Dear Ms. Paper: I am in love! And he’s an African writer—one of the popular ones, if I may say so. We met at a literary festival where I volunteered. The connection was instant. We were inseparable all through the festival. Since then, we’ve spent a whole lot of time together. He’s into me…at […]

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Apply to SBMEN’s Practical Editing Workshop for Magazines and Digital Platforms | 26-27 June

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The Society for Book and Magazine Editors of Nigeria (SBMEN) is calling for applications to its second editing workshop, supported […]

Ellah Wakatama Allfrey Joins Canongate as Editor-at-Large for Fiction

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Ellah Wakatama Allfrey has joined UK publishing house Canongate as editor-at-large for fiction. This is the powerfully influential editor and […]

Event | Huza Press & Goethe-Institut to Host Launch & Reading of Billy Kahora’s New Short Story Collection in Kigali

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Billy Kahora, editor of Kwani? and creative writing lecturer at the University of Bristol, will have his short story collection […]

For Pride Month, The Cheeky Natives Is Sharing Videos of Queer Authors Reading from Their Works

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Every June is Pride Month: that time of the year when queer people celebrate their very existence in a way […]

Photos from Bakwa Reading Series No. 3 in Yaounde, with Billy Kahora, Edwige Dro, & Florian Ngimbis

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The Bakwa Reading Series, organised by Bakwa Magazine editor Dzekashu MacViban, is a public event featuring writers, translators and editors, […]

Panashe Chigumadzi’s Book & Essay Tour Dates for Germany & the Netherlands 

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Panashe Chigumadzi has announced the dates for her book and essay tour in Germany and the Netherlands. The Zimbabwean-South African author […]

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