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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 shaped mindsets or influenced history.” They received responses from 108 writers, critics, journalists, academics, and translators from 35 countries, who selected novels, folk tales, poetry, and dramas in 33 different languages. We ran a piece […]

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REPORT | Inside Nigerian Literature’s Sponsorship Problem and the Worsening Struggle Between Prizes and Defaulting Funders

AT THE START OF THE 2010s, a community of Nigerian poets had formed on Facebook, sharing links to poems, offering free critiques. Young and promising, they were in search of opportunities. In 2015, one of them, Samson Iruesiri Kukogho, registered Words, Rhymes & Rhythm, a publishing company operating from Ibadan, Lagos, and Abuja, meant to […]

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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Purple Hibiscus Turns 15: The Best Moments of a Modern Classic

“It wasn’t the first novel I wrote,” Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie told the audience at the University of Nairobi, during her lecture in honour of Kwani? Magazine’s 10th anniversary, and then she joked: “I wrote other bad novels which I hope nobody ever sees. But Purple Hibiscus was the first one that I loved.” When she […]

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For Just N7,000, Sunshine Bookseller Will Sell You All Six Books by Chimamanda Adichie

For just N7,000, Nigeria’s Sunshine Bookseller is ready to sell you a collection of all six books by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. That would mean her three novels, Purple Hibiscus (2003), Half of a Yellow Sun (2006) and Americanah (2013); her short story collection, The Thing Around Your Neck (2009); and her two essay books, We […]

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Read the Latest Issue of the Oldest Student Journal in West Africa | The Muse 44

The Muse, a journal of creative and critical writing in the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, was founded in 1963 and is reputed to be the oldest student journal in West Africa. Housed in the university’s Department of English and Literary Studies, the journal launched its 44th Issue in 2016. The Issue, designed to mark the […]

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As Sales Approach the Million Mark, Is Americanah Now Adichie’s Signature Novel?

  A few days ago, Adichie’s third novel Americanah won New York City’s “One Book, One New York” initiative, which is aimed at getting all New Yorkers to simultaneously read a particular book. New York City and its metropolitan region has a population of 23 million, and even if only a fraction of that number […]

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On Half of a Yellow Sun, Emotional Truth, & the Pain of Fiction: Chimamanda Adichie in Conversation with The Muse Journal of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Half of a Yellow Sun marked its tenth anniversary in 2016. The novel was published in 2006 and soon became a critical and commercial success, winning her the 2007 Orange Broadband Prize. In 2015, Half of a Yellow Sun ranked tenth in BBC’s list of 21st Century classics and was named the Baileys […]

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Who is Adichie’s Favorite? Olanna or Kainene?

Is Chimamanda Adichie #TeamKainene or #TeamOlanna? We’ve always wondered about this question. But seeing that authors are always so squeamish about publicly favoring one character over another, we never imagined we’d ever know which of the two sisters Adichie favored. Now we know, thanks to Sarah Hannan, who asked Adichie during a web chat organized by The […]

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Chika Unigwe Speaks About Igbo Identity at Centre for Memories Monthly Distinguished Speaker Series

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Nigerian author and professor Chika Unigwe recently spoke at the Centre for Memories, Enugu Sports Club, Enugu State, Nigeria, as […]

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 […]

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