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Why Couldn’t It Be a Boy? | by Chichi Ayalogu | An African Story

  You held your hands high above your head just as they all did, sang the hymn as loud as your voice could bellow, and clucked your tongue with everyone else in a language no one understood, not even yourself—an alter sever stuttering at the pulpit. They called it speaking in tongues. When it came […]

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Interview | M. Lachi on Fantasy, Storytelling, and Empowerment | by Ainehi Edoro

  M. Lachi is a fantasy writer. Her novel titled The Ivory Staff was published last year. The Ivory Staff is a dark fantasy story set in a north African island. It is a cinderella-like story, except that the lead character is an ambitious young woman on a mission to bring down an oppressive regime. The Ivory […]

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How Adichie’s Feminist Pamphlet Started a Trending Twitter Hashtag | #BeingFemaleInNigeria

Thanks to Chimamanda Adichie’s feminist booklet, an Abuja-based book club sent the hashtag #BeingFemaleInNigeria on a trending spike yesterday. That beautiful moment when you realize that books can change the world! Okay maybe not change the world but at least get people talking about things that truly matter—like raising awareness about sexism in Nigerian society. Here is how […]

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Massive Collaboration Alert! Adichie Lays Down A Verse In Beyonce’s New Album

Can’t contain the excitement I feel thinking about how cool it is that Beyonce and Chimamanda get to work together and that both women are drawn to each other’s passion for feminism. Not to make too much of it, but it’s got to count for something, in the contemporary African literary scene, that Adichie and […]

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Adichie Versus Cinderella

Chimamanda Adichie is a girlie girl at heart. Like many of us, she grew up on the romance fiction series called Mills & Boon even though she now condemns the inherent misogyny in many of these stories.  In the weeks leading up to the official release of her third novel, Americanah, her feminism has, however, […]

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The Man in Me

When I left the androgynous world of tomboyhood, a little manliness survived and kept the woman I became company. This man takes over my dreams so that I can sleep in at night. He wraps me all round in the choking arms of reality and leads me half-alive away from the stormy waters of life’s petty […]

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A Greek Slave and a Manga Figure by Ali Altaf Mian

Ali Altaf Mian is a friend and a fellow blogger. Dwellings of Thought is the place where he shares insightful and delightful reflections on everything from Lady Gaga to Hegel. He is also a graduate student of Religion at Duke University. Last week I made a post, Geishas and Graffiti, showcasing graffiti pieces by a […]

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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 […]

Kalaf Epalanga, Angolan Author & Musician, Named Curator of the 2020 African Book Festival in Berlin

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The Angolan musician and author Kalaf Epalanga, who looks like the actor Mahershala Ali, has been announced as the curator […]

Addis Ababa Noir, Edited by Maaza Mengiste & Featuring Mahtem Shiferraw, Sulaiman Addonia, Linda Yohannes, Meron Hadero, Hannah Giorgis, Forthcoming in April 2020

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Each anthology in Akashic Books’ noir series is “set in a distinct neighborhood or location within the respective city” and […]

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