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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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Luna Press’ Harvester Series Includes New Collections by Wole Talabi and Nick Woods

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As part of its Harvester Series, a publication programme for collections of old and new stories plus bonus material, the […]

Tade Thompson Wins Arthur C Clarke Award, for Rosewater, the First Novel in His Wormwood Trilogy

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The Nigerian writer and psychiatrist Tade Thompson has won the 2019 Arthur C Clarke Award, the UK’s premier honour for […]

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 […]

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