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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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15 Pieces to Guide Your Understanding of Xenophobia in (South) Africa

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Once again, this September, xenophobic violence was unleashed on other Africans, mostly Nigerians, in South Africa: businesses were closed, shops […]

Johary Ravaloson’s Return to the Enchanted Island Is the Second Novel from Madagascar to Be Translated into English

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In May 2018, we brought news of the first novel by a writer from Madagascar to be translated into English: […]

Sundays at Saint Steven’s | Davina Philomena Kawuma | Poetry

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when god runs out of money (how, no one says) once a week, these days, we come to where the […]

Read the First Excerpt from Petina Gappah’s New Novel, Out of Darkness, Shining Light

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Petina Gappah‘s new novel Out of Darkness, Shining Light was released on 10 September by Simon & Schuster imprint Scribner. […]

We Need To Talk | Muriel Adhiambo | Fiction

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IT WAS A warm, humid night in the lakeside city of Kisumu. Under a starless sky, the women, seated on […]

For World Diabetes Day, Miss BloodSugar Calls for Entries to Competition & Anthology Sponsored by Bella Naija

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Press release: What’s your diabetes story? Are you diabetic? Have you been impacted by the experiences of a family/friend/patient with […]

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