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The 2016 NLNG Prize Shortlist is a Win for Nigerian Publishers

Each passing day brings us closer to finding out who will win Africa’s richest prize. 173 authors initially submitted their work for a chance to win the 100,000 dollar NLNG Prize for Literature. Under the review of a panel of judges led by Prof. Dan Izevbaye, 11 authors survived the first round of selection. The longlist has been […]

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Binyavanga and Elnathan, Can We Put an End to This Feuding?

The 3-year feud between Chimamanda Adichie and Elnathan John opened a new chapter with Elnathan strongly suggesting that Adichie’s camp tried to sabotage his career by blacklisting him in global literary circles. These accusations come right after what looks like an open confrontation between Binyavanga Wainaina—one of Adichie’s BFFs—and Elnathan at a literary event in Berlin. It […]

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Out and About With Jumoke Verissimo | by Chris Ogunlowo

  This happened during the holidays. We agreed to meet at Domino’s in GRA, Ikeja. But some random events changed our plan—the affliction called Lagos traffic held Jumoke up somewhere for over an hour. I rushed to a friend’s house to retrieve my copy of her new book for an autograph, and a kind man […]

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Elnathan John Treats Fans to Debut Novel About Northern Nigeria

On November 12, Cassava Republic rolled out one of its last titles of the year with the publication of Born on a Tuesday by Elnathan John. John who, over the years, has built a huge reader base— thanks to his satirical writing [read here]—said on Twitter that the novel took him a few years to […]

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Why This African Writer Wins 15,000 Dollars But Receives Only 3000

The winner of this year’s edition of the Caine Prize for African Writing is Zambia’s Namwali Serpell.  She competed against Elnathan John, F.T Kola, Masande Ntashanga and Segun Afolabi. But her story “The Sack” got her the highly-coveted literary award, making her 15,600-dollar richer. Here is where things get interesting. The UC Berkley English professor says she doesn’t […]

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Chimamanda Adichie Reminisces About Her Phone Call with Will Smith | We Had a Nice Chat

Chimamanda Adichie has been featured on Beyonce’s track. She’s headlined a British Vogue fashion project. She’s had two of her novels optioned for the big screen. This weekend, she will deliver the commencement speech at Wellesley college. [click HERE if you missed it.] Just when we thought the best selling Nigerian author could not get any […]

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Wow…Adichie Gets VERY Candid | What Elnathan Did was Immoral, She Says

You’ll recall that one of the biggest controversies in the African literary community involved Chimamanda Adichie and Nigerian blogger, Elnathan John. (click here if you missed it.) In an interview with the American blogger, Aaron Bady, Adichie referred to Elnathan as “one of my boys.” He fired back with a set of tweets accusing Adichie of being […]

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Celebrating African Love Stories! | Ankara Press Launches 14-Story Valentine’s Day Anthology

When Cassava Republic rolled out 6 romance titles under its new imprint, Ankara Press, we thought they’d out done themselves. What else could they do to make us fall in love with African love stories? In celebration of Valentine’s Day, they’ve published a 14-story collection of love stories titled Valentine’s Day Anthology 2015—with an impressive rollcall […]

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Hollywood or Nollywood? As Americanah TV Series Goes to HBO, Actress Stella Damasus Suggests Industry Slight & Chika Unigwe Responds

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The Americanah TV series adaptation, starring Lupita Nyong’o and written by Danai Gurira, has been ordered by HBO Max. The […]

15 Pieces to Guide Your Understanding of Xenophobia in (South) Africa

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Once again, this September, xenophobic violence was unleashed on other Africans, mostly Nigerians, in South Africa: businesses were closed, shops […]

Johary Ravaloson’s Return to the Enchanted Island Is the Second Novel from Madagascar to Be Translated into English

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In May 2018, we brought news of the first novel by a writer from Madagascar to be translated into English: […]

Sundays at Saint Steven’s | Davina Philomena Kawuma | Poetry

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when god runs out of money (how, no one says) once a week, these days, we come to where the […]

Read the First Excerpt from Petina Gappah’s New Novel, Out of Darkness, Shining Light

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Petina Gappah‘s new novel Out of Darkness, Shining Light was released on 10 September by Simon & Schuster imprint Scribner. […]

We Need To Talk | Muriel Adhiambo | Fiction

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IT WAS A warm, humid night in the lakeside city of Kisumu. Under a starless sky, the women, seated on […]

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