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Adichie to Receive Doctorate from Duke University, as Americanah Is Listed in The New York Times’ Century-Defining Novels

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie will be receiving an honourary PhD from Duke University on May 13, alongside five other dignitaries: General Motors Chairman and CEO Mary Barra; former Durham Mayor William Bell; Smithsonian National Museum lead architect Phil Freelon; Harvard Medical School professor Dr. William Kaelin; and attorney and community leader Russell M. Robinson II. The awards […]

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Memorable Moments From Adichie’s Visit To Duke University

Adichie’s visit was jointly sponsored by Duke Africa Initiative, Center for African and African American Research, and the English Department. In her talk, she reflected on two classic forms of narrative—fiction and memoir—and helped us think about how one is implicated in the other. Apparently, she’s been working on and off on several memoir pieces, one of which […]

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Stunning Photographs of Chimamanda Adichie’s Visit to Duke University

Dare Johnson, the photographer, got back to me about three weeks after Adichie’s visit on February 27. This was right around the time of Achebe’s passing. As we set about organizing a memorial tribute to Achebe, everything else took second place on my list of priorities, including writing a blogpost on Adichie’s visit. But by […]

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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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Meeting Nourbese

Marlene Nourbese was already in the room when I arrived. To call the Gothic Room a room does it so much disservice. The interior of an Edwardian chapel maybe or something close to it but certainly not a room. Chairs were lined up semicircular in front of a podium. She sat to the left of […]

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Rushdie at Duke Uni: “Man is a storytelling Animal”

On April 12, Salman Rushdie gave a lecture at Duke University titled, “Public Events, Private Lives: Literature and Politics in the Modern World.”  As far as lectures by novelists go, I have seen better. To be fair, I would say it was merely boring. To be mean, I would say it was vacuous. But I […]

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Bernardine Evaristo: Your Guide to All Eight Books by the Booker Prize Winner

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While better known in the African literary scene as the founder of the massively influential Brunel International African Poetry Prize, […]

TJ Benson’s Forthcoming Novel, The Madhouse, Follows a Troubled Family Across Four Decades

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The Nigerian writer TJ Benson has a new novel set to be published by Masobe Books in 2020. A new […]

The Guardian UK Criticized for Headline Calling Bernardine Evaristo’s Booker Prize-winning Novel Obscure

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Right after Bernardine Evaristo and Margaret Atwood were announced joint winners of the 2019 Booker Prize for Fiction, the UK’s […]

Bernardine Evaristo’s Joint Win of the Booker Prize, with Margaret Atwood, Makes Her the First Black Woman & Second Nigerian to Receive the Honour

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The Nigerian-British novelist Bernardine Evaristo has been awarded the 2019 Booker Prize for Fiction, for her novel Girl, Woman, Other, […]

The Queen of Dahomey: Episode Three | The Witches of Auchi Series | Anthony Azekwoh

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There was an old woman with a ragged scar on her cheek who lived alone on the outskirts of Dahomey. […]

Befeqadu Hailu, Ethiopian Writer-Activist & Co-founder of Zone 9 Blog, Named 2019 International Writer of Courage

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Befeqadu Hailu, the Ethiopian writer, activist, and co-founder of the Amharic-language human rights platform Zone 9 Blogging Collective, has been […]

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