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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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Drama Alert | “Shine Your Fucking Eyes” | Read Binyavanga’s “Dear Caine Prize” Rant

I woke up this morning, dutifully writing a blogpost about the Nobel Prize when I received a message from a friend about some major drama taking place on Wainaina Binyavanga’s twitter feed. I hurried off to Twitter and saw a string of angry tweets criticizing The Caine Prize for African Fiction.  Here is how I understand his concerns:  […]

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4 Things I Want For African Literature in 2014

A girl always wants things—things that aren’t necessarily limited to shoes and pretty dresses. In 2014, these are the things I want for African literature. 1. I want an African Fifty Shades of Grey: I’m thinking less about subject matter than about astronomical sales figures.  Don’t get me wrong, the idea of an African BDSM erotica […]

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A Super-Fan Mentions 21+ Reasons Why Adichie Is A Super-Novelist

Nigerian blogger, James Eze, writes an essay in which he passionately expresses his love for Adichie and her work. Keyword here is: passionately. I’ve pared down the essay for your enjoyment. What do you guys think? Cute or cloying? #FanInLove ***   1. “No storyteller on the continent in the last ten years has gripped […]

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African Literary Scene In A Nutshell: Quotes Of The Month

1. Soyinka and His Darling Dame Soyinka is clearly loving the swirls of controversies forming around things he says online, mostly things that are not literature related. In the quote below, he restates his dislike for Nigeria’s First Lady, Patience Jonathan, calling her a “shepopotamus.” There was the time when I wanted our writers to […]

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Why Tope Folarin Is A Surprising But Perfect Pick For The Caine Prize

I was doing some blog work late last night and hanging out with my fellow African tweeps when the news broke that Tope Folarin had won the 2013 Caine Prize for African Writing. We tweeted our congrats and hurrahs, but after taking a second to think, I realized that even though Ibrahim’s “Whispering Trees” could […]

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Meet the Caine Prize Five

Meet the five most famous people in the African literary scene at the moment — Elnathan John, Tope Folarin, Pede Hollist, Abubakar Ibrahim, and Chinelo Akparanta. They are the five that made it to the shortlist of the Caine Prize for African Fiction. Pede Hollist who is Sierra Leonian is the only non-Nigerian in the […]

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Photos & Scoop From The Official Book Launch of Eghosa Imasuen’s Novel, Fine Boys | See Chimamanda Adichie, Jude Dibia, Elnathan John, Tolu Ogunlesi and More

On the 2nd of August, the finest of Nigeria’s literati were hobnobbing at the Quintessence Bookstore in Falomo, Ikoyi. They were gathered for the official book launch of Eghosa Imasuen’s sophomore novel, Fine Boys. The book launch was hosted by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and featured the Caine Prize winning writer Binyavanga Wainaina who read from […]

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Petina Gappah to Write Play About the Censorship History of Dambudzo Marechera’s Novel Black Sunlight

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Petina Gappah recently announced that she was writing a play that focuses on “the 1982 banning and unbanning” of Dambudzo […]

Oh, Blessed Bri’Land | Jedah Mayberry | Fiction

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Bri’Land glistened at me, her brilliant display of pink sand shimmering in delight.  It would seem that I had finally, […]

Books That Go with Wine and Books That Don’t

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The beverages most associated with reading are tea and coffee. But many readers love to cozy up in bed with […]

In This House | Inok Rosemary | Poetry

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  In this house, we sift our words, Never letting the walls hear what they shouldn’t. The fear of their […]

Statement: African Authors Sans Frontieres in Solidarity with African-Americans

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As African writers without borders who are connected beyond  geography with those who live in the United States of America […]

#SaveLambdaLiterary | Leading LGBTQ Literary Organization Needs Your Help

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Lambda Literary is struggling under the devastating financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic. On April 17, the organization launched a […]

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