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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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Laila Lalami’s The Other Americans Longlisted for the 2020 Aspen Words Literary Prize

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Moroccan-American novelist Laila Lalami’s The Other Americans has recently been longlisted for the 2020 Aspen Words Literary Prize. Described on the Aspen Prize’s […]

Apply for SBMEN’s Workshop “Literary Criticism: Judging Dynamic Creative Writing in All Forms”| 23 November

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The Society for Book and Magazine Editors of Nigeria (SBMEN) is calling for applications to its fourth (and last) editing […]

They Say There are Over 50 Translations of Things Fall Apart. Here are 61.

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How many times have you heard or read that Things Fall Apart has been translated into over 50 languages? And yet, […]

Vol. II of 20.35 Africa: An Anthology of Contemporary Poetry, Guest-edited by Yasmyn Belkhyr & Kayo Chingonyi, Now Available Here

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In November 2018, we published the debut volume of the 20.35 Africa: An Anthology of Contemporary Poetry series. The first […]

Oyinkan Braithwaite Wins the 2019 Anthony Award for Best First Novel

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Nigerian author Oyinkan Braithwaite has won the 2019 Anthony Award for her debut novel My Sister, the Serial Killer. Braithwaite […]

Winners of the 2019 Nommo Awards

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On October 25, the African Speculative Fiction Society (ASFS) announced the winners of the 2019 Nommo Awards. The award announcement […]

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