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Taiye Selasi Has Interesting Things to Say About The God of Small Things and The Color Purple

Writing in The Guardian‘s “Books That Made Me” series, Taiye Selasi had some books listed. She was reading Chiara Barzini’s Things that Happened Before the Earthquake. She wished she had written Garth Greenwell’s What Belongs to You. She was influenced by Milan Kundera’s The Unbearable Lightness of Being. Her decision to leave the US to live in Italy was influenced […]

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African Literature on Instagram Vol. 3 | Taiye Selasi: The Jet-setting Literary Diva

It’s yet another edition of the “African Literature on Instagram” series, and we can’t wait to take you into the magical world of Taiye Selasi, the author of Ghana Must Go. [Check out African Literature on Instagram Vol 1 and Vol 2] Today, African literary figures are not satisfied with just being writers. They tend to […]

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Photo of the Week | #AfricanLiterature

I write essays to clear my mind. I write fiction to open my heart. — Taiye Selasi, author of Ghana Must Go   Taiye Selais shared this photo on Instagram a few days ago with the caption “Life On the Road.” Have a lovely weekend and stay inspired! ************* Image from author’s Instagram page: @ghanamustgo  

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Taiye Selasi on Having a Jealous Muse

  TAIYE SELASI: “When I was 4 I told my mum I wanted to be a writer, and for the next 25 years not a day went by when I did not think about ‘my first book.’ One day I would write my first book so finally just before I turned thirty I thought it […]

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The Lives Behind The Work — Taiye Selasi’s Panther Mom

I follow African novelists on various social media platforms. The joys of being a blogger. One of the things I quickly learned about Taiye Selasi is that she is a creature of the hearth. Her family means a lot to her. I can only imagine that the road to becoming a writer is long, winding, […]

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New Video: Taiye Selasi On Writers Block, Boys (sort of), And Moving Back To Ghana

In this video clip of an interview in Denmark,  Taiye Selasi shares one small bit of personal detail about the labor that went into producing her debut novel.  Selasi began writing Ghana Must Go in Copenhagen. The first 100 pages came uninterrupted in what she calls, “one contiguous flow.” The next 200 was a different matter. […]

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Taiye Selasi Is Thinking About Her Next Novel

Less than a year after her critically acclaimed novel, Ghana Must Go, hit the stands, the Afropolitan author seems to be gearing herself for round two. In a Facebook post titled, “Regarding second novels,” Selasi shared this photo and quote about fighting writer’s block. One reason that people have artist’s block is that they do […]

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Selasi Says There’s No African Literature in Her Literary Utopia

The author of Ghana Must Go was asked to speak at a literary festival in Berlin. She gave a lecture in which she claimed that as far as categorizing literary forms go, “African literature” was meaningless and should be discarded.   I’ve excerpted the long lecture to highlight the main arguments. But is the category […]

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Chika Unigwe Calls Out Seun Kuti for Ignorant Comments on African Women and Feminism

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The long struggle of Nigerian entertainers with gender expectations, and in particular what feminism actually is, is well documented. From […]

Cassava Republic Shortlisted for Small Press of the Year at the British Book Awards

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UK-based Nigerian publishing company Cassava Republic has been shortlisted for the British Book Awards’ inaugural Small Press of the Year […]

Someone Has to Tell These Stories | Interview with Poet Chibụìhè Achịmbá

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Chibụìhè Achịmbà is a queer poet, essayist and photographer from Nigeria. He is a 2018 Fellow of Ebedi International Writers […]

Chigozie Obioma Treats Madison to An Orchestra

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As part of the Wisconsin Book Festival, Chigozie Obioma was in Madison, Wisconsin, on February 6, 2019 to discuss his […]

What Really Is Political Correctness? The LGBTQI+ Struggle, Western Reactionaries, and the Sociohistorical Context Encouraging a Literary Magazine to Provoke | Kamau Muiga

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1. Every year thousands of students would pour into Nakuru Town’s Christ the King auditorium in all their cultural beauty […]

Sarah Waiswa’s Twitter Thread on African Women Photographers Is a Visual Fest

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Recently on Twitter, the Ugandan-born Kenya-based photographer Sarah Waiswa gave us a curation of stunning photos by African female photographers. […]

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