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The Love Walk and One Other Story | By Uzoma Ihejirika | Flash Fiction

THE LOVE WALK He likes to think this was the kind of love they shared, a love he is yet to find a name for: she telling him to follow her and he obeying and they walking a long distance and past electric poles and trees and bushes and he asking her where they are […]

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Memoirs of a Lagos Wedding Planner | Episode 1: The Almost Wedding | by Tolulope Popoola

Memoirs of a Lagos Wedding Planner is a flash-fiction series of 8 stories. Sample the first episode and click HERE to enjoy the rest of the story.  *** My client and I had been planning this wedding for months. It was going to be a big affair, attended by the elite in society. Pearl had been […]

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Rumuokoro | by Sotonye Dan | An African Story

Over the grumbling of vehicle engines, honking, voices that drowned each other, I heard the thumps, amplified. I saw the source when I turned. A bus conductor was receiving heavy blows from a guy. He was hanging on the door of the Danfo in the manner characteristic of bus conductors. He probably sold his seat, […]

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Writes of a Bastard | by Amatesiro Dore | African Flash Fiction

If family meetings were assembled to discuss your arrival, under sombre atmospheres, and the parents were ashamed of their naked dance, and the father wasn’t sure of his fatherhood, and the mother was questioned about her mornings, and you were born and not aborted, and the parents didn’t wear fancy clothes to eat and drink […]

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Monday Morning | by Akumbu Uche | An African Flash Fiction

Area One! Airport Junction! Lugbe! The taxis are calling out their routes and filling up quickly. Meanwhile, minutes of waiting are threatening to stretch into an hour but you would rather be patient — the El-Rufai bus is fifty naira cheaper and you know very well how a little goes a long way. Biding your […]

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How To Be an Acceptable Wife | by Ola Nubi | A Story

You see — as soon as I saw you approaching the house carrying all your load on your back like a tortoise, I knew that you had disgraced us in your husband’s house. Did I not train you to be an acceptable wife? The fire under plantains should not be too high, as it will […]

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After Sex | By Nnamdi Anyadu | Flash Fiction

Nobody tells you this: that you would feel the opposite of euphoria after ejaculation. Nobody tells you that the mad rush of desire that spurred you to hold unto her waist like your life depended on it would diminish into oblivion the second your back is arched instinctively from the pleasure of release and your […]

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FLASH FICTION: The Alibi by Tolulope Popoola

One of the things I love and hate about my job is that it allows me access to other people’s private lives. Not that I would have chosen this career path seven years ago, when I graduated from university. But after job hunting fruitlessly in the pharmaceutical sector for so long, I took up the […]

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Clickbait | Saddiq Dzukogi | Poetry

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Inspired by the Western media coverage of the Dusit Hotel terror attack in Nairobi.   At the Dusit restaurant in […]

Algerian Poet Azraj Omar Decries Arab Lack of Knowledge About Black African Literature

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Algerian poet Azraj Omar has, in a piece titled “Arab World’s Unjustified Neglect of African Literature,” decried what he describes as […]

Zoe Wicomb Talks Intersectionality, Reading Other Writers, and That Time When Heinemann Put Her Photo in Bessie Head’s 1971 Novel, Maru

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In a new interview in The Johannesburg Review of Books, South African novelist Zoe Wicomb revealed an error by Heinemann in […]

GoFundMe | Please Donate to Help Logan February Go on Book Tour in the US

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Logan February, a young Nigerian poet who has published three books of poetry, is seeking donations for a scheduled book […]

Translator Publishes List of 146 Books by 66 African Authors Selling in Chinese

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A translator of English into Chinese, Bruce Humes, has published a list of 146 books by 66 African authors selling […]

Kenyans Criticize The New York Times’ Publication of Victims’ Photos from Dusit Hotel Terrorist Attack, Call for Editor’s Removal as Twitter Suspends Paper’s Handle

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Kenyans are rightly criticizing The New York Times‘ publication of victims’ photos from the January 15 Al Shabaab terrorist attack on […]

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