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Africa: SLOWLY and QUIETLY | by Nene Tetteh Adusu | African Poetry

Slowly and quietly, The wheel of patriotism Is rolling out of Africanism. Slowly and quietly, The wheels of corruption, The wheels of selfishness, All, loftily and grandly roll in. Slowly and quietly, The people are indifferent, The leaders are different, Untied are our aspirations- Preach Yes and live No. Slowly and quietly, The angry winds […]

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“The Smell of Human Flesh” — Poems by Nana Brantuo | Brittle Paper Poet

Nana Brantuo describes herself as a Ghanaian/Sierra Leonean American. In the two poems featured here—“Elmina” and “Kwesi”—she expresses so much so beautifully with so little. Her poems are short, packed full of meaning, and pleasant to read, with just the right amount of sadness to leave you hankering for more.    Elmina The smell of […]

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Songs of Sorrow by Kofi Awoonor

Dzogbese Lisa has treated me thus It has led me among the sharps of the forest Returning is not possible And going forward is a great difficulty The affairs of this world are like the chameleon faeces Into which I have stepped When I clean it cannot go. I am on the world’s extreme corner, […]

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#africanvalentine: Love Poem by Kwesi Brew

The Mesh by Kwesi Brew We have come to the cross-roads And I must either leave or come with you. I lingered over the choice But in the darkness of my doubts You lifted the lamp of love And I saw in your face The road that I should take.   There aren’t that many love […]

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Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi’s Second Novel Acquired by Booker Prize-Winning Publisher, Oneworld

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Oneworld has acquired the rights to Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi’s second novel. Titled The First Woman, the novel is the third […]

African Literati React to Oscars Disqualification of Nigeria’s First Ever Entry, Lionheart, with Conversation on Language, Colonial Legacy

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On November 5, 2019, African Twitter was abuzz with the news that Lionheart (2018), Nigeria’s first ever submission to the Academy […]

Opportunity for African Writers | Submit Your Work for the 2020 K & L Prize

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The 2020 K & L Prize is open for submissions. Currently in its second year, the $1000 NZ prize was […]

South African Literary Awards 2019: All the Winners

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The winners of the 2019 South African Literary Awards (SALA) were announced on Thursday, November 7, at a ceremony held […]

“A Hymen is Where Angels Live”: Chika Unigwe, Molara Wood, Kọ́lá Túbọ̀sún, and the Definitions of Hymen You Never Knew Existed

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Yesterday started off as an ordinary day on African literary Twitter. There was the usual announcement of newly published books […]

Achebe, Adichie, Okri, Gyasi, Coetzee’s Novels Make BBC’s List of 100 Novels That Shaped Our World

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In 2018, BBC Culture polled literary experts around the world to “nominate up to five fictional stories they felt had […]

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