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Why Ina’Xaashi Uses Fashion, Writing & Photography to Explore Cultural Belonging for the Somali Diaspora

In January, the Somali-British writer Hoda Hashi wrote an essay for OkayAfrica in which she details how traditional Somali clothing, in this case the dirac, helps her feel and explore her culture and belongingness. Like most second-generation Somalis living outside the country, Hashi has grappled with identity, her understanding shaped by her race and religion. In […]

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How Market FiftyFour’s Focus on African Languages Impacts the Publishing Scene: Interview with Founders, Marthe van der Wolf and Melat G. Nigussie

In 2017, an exciting, unusual initiative called Market FiftyFour was launched. The project publishes and markets work by African writers in their own languages rather than in English, French, or Portuguese. The publications are in e-book and audio formats, purchasable via online payments. Its belief is in “the potential of a new generation of Africans […]

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Being Black | By Hanna Ali | Poetry

  Part 1 My skin takes three sessions on the sunbed to achieve It’s hard to perfect the darkness surrounding my elbows and Between my legs There are tones that have never seen sunlight And yet I am a black woman, not medium brown or Medium anything Full-lipped and stretch-marked so far that even on […]

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Broken | by Hanna Ali | African Fiction

“I, reeking of grief and sex, will be waiting” *** I saw my future husband today in a petrol station seven miles from my house. He is filling up the 2007 Hyundai Sedan that his wife is still embarrassed about. Which makes him hold on to it even more. He doesn’t know it yet, but […]

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ANA President Denja Abdullahi Has Not Paid 18-Year-Old Student the N100,000 Prize Money He Won, Despite Months-Long Requests from Teachers

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In October 2018, at the prize ceremony at Preston Hotel, Ikeja, 18-year-old Nigerian writer Ernest O. Ògúnyemí was announced winner […]

The 2019 Gerald Kraak Prize Goes to Nigeria’s OluTimehin Adegbeye

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The 2019 Gerald Kraak Prize has been awarded to Nigeria’s OluTimehin Adegbeye, for her nonfiction piece, “Mothers and Men,” described […]

Binyavanga Wainaina, Bestselling Author, Queer Icon, and Great Literary Influencer, Passes on at 48

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Binyavanga Wainaina, the great Kenyan writer, bestselling memoirist, queer icon, beloved literary influencer, and arguably the most gifted prose writer […]

Membrane: A Festival of African Literatures and Ideas | May 23-26 in Stuttgart

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Three major cultural organizations in Germany, Literaturhaus Stuttgart, Institut français and Akademie Schloss Solitude, are hosting a four-day international literary […]

Akachi Chukwuemeka, Poet and Editor of the University of Nigeria’s Literary Journal The Muse, Passes on at 21

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Chukwuemeka “Akachi” Emmanuel Ugwoke, a Nigerian poet and editor of The Muse, the literary journal of the University of Nigeria, […]

The Caine Prize Announces 2019 Shortlist

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Five writers—from Cameroon, Ethiopia, Kenya, and Nigeria—have been shortlisted for the 2019 Caine Prize, for short stories that explore “the […]

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