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Aminatta Forna’s Happiness Is a Finalist for the 2019 Ondaatje Prize

Aminatta Forna’s fourth novel and fifth book Happiness is one of the six finalists for the 2019 Ondaatje Prize. The announcement was made at an RSL London event themed “The Spirit of a Place.” Alongside her on the longlist was the Nigerian writer Emmanuel Iduma, for his second book and first collection of essays A Stranger’s Pose. […]

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Aminatta Forna and Emmanuel Iduma Longlisted for the 2019 Ondaatje Prize

The Royal Society of Literature (RSL) has announced the longlist for the 2019 Ondaatje Prize, and on it are Aminatta Forna, for her fourth novel and fifth book Happiness, and Emmanuel Iduma, for his second book and first collection of essays A Stranger’s Pose. Named after Christopher Ondaatje, the annual £10,000 Ondaatje Prize, which incorporates the Winifred Holtby Memorial […]

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The Revealing Reason Why Aminatta Forna Likes Writing Male Characters

Last year, Somali writer and visual artist Diriye Osman, author of the Polaris Award-winning story collection Fairytales for Lost Children and the forthcoming novel We Once Belonged to the Sea, explained the concept of literary androgyny: that gender-straddling sensibility possessed by the best storytellers—women writing men, men writing women. But Aminatta Forna, from the interview […]

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Aminatta Forna’s Novel, “Happiness,” Is Out, and She Is on the Cover of Kirkus Reviews

Last November, we brought news of Aminatta Forna’s fifth book and fourth novel, Happiness. The book is now out, and after the first reviews, Forna is on the cover of Kirkus Reviews, the literary world’s leading magazine for book reviews. We are not in the least surprised as Forna is one of the most critically acclaimed fiction […]

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Aminatta Forna’s Fourth Novel, “Happiness,” Arrives March 2018

Among writers of her generation, Aminatta Forna belongs in the higher ranks of critical acclaim. With her work translated into sixteen languages, she has been described, by the London Evening Standard, as “arguably the best writer of fiction” “about war and its aftermath.” She has also been praised in similar terms by the judges of the […]

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Review of Bura-Bari Nwilo’s A Tiny Place Called Happiness | By Ebenezer Agu

“A Tiny Place Called Happiness is a collection with variety…. A Nigeria narrated with humor and zing.” *** Bura-Bari Nwilo is not new to the literary circle. He has two books, Diary of a Bloody Retard and Diary of a Stupid Boyfriend, and his stories have been published on Writivism and Brittle Paper. I was eager to […]

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Teju Cole Opens a City of Warmth With One Facebook Question

Steering away from his usual posts about weighty political matters,  Teju Cole opened the floor to some truly heartwarming comments when he wrote on Facebook: “Goodness me. What a week, right? So, in the spirit of mutual care, let’s pivot to the positive. What has made you happy? Big stuff, small stuff, tiny stuff: share.” Teju […]

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Shailja Patel Rejects $87,070 Court Ruling in Sexual Assault Defamation Suit by Tony Mochama, Leaves Kenya on Self-Exile

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A week following the awarding of Sh9 million ($87,070) to Tony Mochama in his sexual assault defamation suit against Shailja […]

How to Join Narrative Landscape’s Illustrator Competition for Nigerian Women

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PRESS RELEASE Brief Narrative Landscape Press is pleased to announce this illustrator competition for Nigerian women illustrators. The winner of […]

Saraba Magazine Will Be Appointing a New Editorial Team | How to Apply

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APPLY TO JOIN SARABA MAGAZINE EDITORIAL TEAM: PRESS RELEASE Saraba, the acclaimed literary magazine based in Nigeria, calls for applications […]

The Thing in the Blood | Vuyelwa Maluleke | Fiction

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Vuyelwa Maluleke’s “The Thing in the Blood” is taken from Go the Way Your Blood Beats: New Short Fiction from […]

Agbowo Magazine’s Visually Stunning Second Issue Features Work by JK Anowe, Sarah Lubala, & Efua Traore

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The Nigeria-based Agbowo Magazine, which “collect[s] great literary and visual African art,” has released its second issue, themed “Limits”: a […]

Nigerian Journalist & Presenter Arit Okpo Is New Host of CNN’s African Voices

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The Nigerian journalist, TV presenter, documentary filmmaker, producer and voice-over talent Arit Okpo is the new host of CNN’s “African Voices.” […]

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