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How to Cook African Literary Food | Ben Okri and The Magic of Pepper Soup

So much of the magic in Ben Okri’s The Famished Road revolves around pepper soup—a dish universally loved by everyone in the novel, whether man or woman, ghost or prehistoric creature. Some of the most important scenes in the novel take place in Madame Koto’s bar. Fans of Okri’s classic know Madame Koto’s bar as an […]

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Five Mind-bending and Mood-altering African Novels

  Sleepwalking Land (1999) by Mia Cuto, Mozambique  A boy and an old man are survivors in a post-apocalyptic, war-ravaged town. They stumble upon a burned-out bus and decide to make it home. While clearing out the corpses trapped and burned in the bus, they find a journal kept by one of the dead passengers, […]

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“His Passion Began to Drive us Slightly Mad” | Ben Okri on Bibliomania

Bibliomania is a pathological and irrational desire to collect books, not to be mistaken with bibliophilia, a healthy love for books. I was rereading Ben Okri’s Famished Road recently and came across this bit on Azaro’s father exhibiting full blown bibliomania, a strange, feverish desire for book he couldn’t read, books about things he could […]

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It’s All Poetry and Pretty Sentences Inside Ben Okri’s Head

What do authors think about when they read their own novels? Follow me inside Ben Okri’s head and see for yourself. On a copy of The Famished Road recently donated to English Pen, Okri left revealing marginal comments that give us a sense of how he processed his own writing. For example, on page 500:  The last […]

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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 […]

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

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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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