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Gabriel Okara’s Collected Poems Is Available from African Poetry Book Series

Gabriel Okara, the first Modernist poet of anglophone Africa, recently passed on at the age of 97. His best known works are the poetry collections The Fisherman’s Invocation (1978) and The Dreamer, His Vision (2005), and the experimental novel The Voice (1964). His last published book, Gabriel Okara: Collected Poems (April 2016), is available on the website of its publishers, the University […]

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Gabriel Okara, Whose Modernist Works Changed African Poetry, Passes on at 97

Gabriel Okara, the first Modernist poet in Anglophone Africa, has passed on at the age of 97. He died on 25 March 2019, after a brief illness, in his home at Okaka Estate, Yenagoa, Nigeria—three weeks to his 98th birthday. Known for both his poetry and fiction—particularly his experimental novel The Voice (1964) and the poetry collections The Fisherman’s Invocation (1978) […]

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Errrr…But James Joyce is More Ungrammatical Than Tutuola

   Is [Tutuola] ungrammatical? Yes. But James Joyce is more ungrammatical than Tutuola. Ezekiel Mphahlele has often said and written that African writers are doing violence to English. Violence? Has Joyce not done more violence to the English Language? Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn is written in seven dialects, he tells us. It is acknowledged a classic. We accept it, forget […]

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Saying Goodbye to a Dead Year

Now the bells are tolling— a year is dead. And my heart is slowly beating the Nunc Dimittis to all my hopes and mute Yearnings of a new year. And ghosts hover round dream beyond dream —“New Year’s Eve Midnight” By Gabriel Okara Gabriel Okara is a Nigerian poet who in 1979 won the common […]

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New Year’s Eve Midnight by Gabriel Okara

Now the bells are tolling – a year is dead. And my heart is slowly beating the Nunc Dimittis to all my hopes and mute yearnings of a new year. And ghosts hover round dream beyond dream Dream beyond dream mingling with the brightest gleam. Bell-sounds fading into memories like rain drops falling into a river. And […]

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Johary Ravaloson’s Return to the Enchanted Island Is the Second Novel from Madagascar to Be Translated into English

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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 […]

For World Diabetes Day, Miss BloodSugar Calls for Entries to Competition & Anthology Sponsored by Bella Naija

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Press release: What’s your diabetes story? Are you diabetic? Have you been impacted by the experiences of a family/friend/patient with […]

The Hour of Judgment | Edith Knight Magak | Fiction

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THE HOUR OF judgment has come upon me, and my hope for redemption is pegged on a needle, sorcery, and […]

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