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Nigerian Writers Remember the Biafran War

Every May 30, Nigerians remember the Biafran War, the 30-month conflict between the Federal Government of Nigeria and the secessionist state of Biafra, which lasted from 1967 to 1970 and left millions of mostly Igbo and then Eastern Nigerian origin dead—not only from the fighting but also from the blockade-induced starvation. Also referred to as […]

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How African Writers Celebrated Mother’s Day

Speaking of a mother’s love, Chimamanda Adichie once said: “…the completeness, the wholesomeness of this love. It’s just a different thing from anything I’ve ever experienced in my life.” Many in the African literary community would agree with her that a mother’s love is powerful and worthy of celebration. We saw this sort of appreciation […]

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African Literary Digest: 101 Notable Pieces of 2018

It was inevitable: compiling a list as monstrous as this would consume time, cause a delay. But here we are. 2018 came with its own firsts and highs. A new major publishing house came on board: The Indigo Press, founded by the distinguished Zimbabwean editor and critic Ellah Allfrey. A new major magazine: Kabaka, dedicated to publishing queer-centered […]

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Review | Ebenezer Obadare Takes On Jiving Pastors and Thieving Politicians in Pentecostal Republic | Ikhide Ikheloa

Often when one thinks of African writing, it is often about fiction. African fiction is widely celebrated globally, with the traffic enabled by highly publicized Western prizes, forums, workshops, residencies, etc. One can then be forgiven for thinking that all Africans write is fiction and the occasional poem. The truth is that there is an […]

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Ikhide R. Ikheloa: The Caine Prize Has Degenerated into Mediocrity Again, Struggles to Be Relevant

In a Twitter chat on SynCity’s “Literary Lords and Ladies” series, Ikhide R. Ikheloa said that the Caine Prize “has degenerated into mediocrity again,” “has regressed,” and “struggles to be relevant.” Here is an excerpt from the interview, conducted by SynCity founder Cynthia Osuchukwu. INTERVIEWER The whole world read your rants when the shortlist was released […]

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Why I No Longer Use the Term “Game” for Bushmeat | Chika Unigwe

Nigerian novelist Chika Unigwe stirred up social media last week with a Facebook post that had everyone putting on their thinking caps and asking serious questions about how we tell our stories. The Facebook post is a thought-provoking reflection on the power in names. Unigwe uses the distinction between the standard English term for wild-caught […]

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African Literary Digest: 8 Must-Reads from April, 2017

Every month, we compile a list of reads from around the Internet that we find illuminating. For January, we chose eight pieces. For February, we picked fourteen pieces. For March, we selected nine. For April, we have eight. They include short stories, essays that contribute to some of our ongoing conversations on literature and pop culture, […]

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Is “Tram 83” Misogynist Poverty Porn? Petina Gappah, Tsitsi Dangarembga, Ainehi Edoro Deepen Conversation as Ikhide Ikheloa and Richard Oduku Publish New Essays

Two days ago, we covered an important conversation that had started on Facebook in reaction to Ikhide Ikheloa’s essay in which he described Fiston Mwanza Mujila’s 2015 Etisalat Prize-winning debut novel Tram 83 as misogynist and poverty porn. It was a truly continental conversation that drew in a host of thinkers: South Africa’s feminist novelist […]

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Mubanga Kalimamukwento Wins 2019 Kalemba Short Story Prize for Zambian Writing

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The 2019 Kalemba Short Story Prize has gone to Mubanga Kalimamukwento, for her short story, “Inswa,” described by the judges as “resonant and gripping.” […]

Statement of the African Studies Association Concerning Freedom of Expression in Sudan

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Statement of the African Studies Association Concerning Freedom of Expression in Sudan (June 2019) The African Studies Association reiterates its […]

Helon Habila Shares Dates for His 10-Day US Book Tour for His New Novel, Travelers

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Helon Habila has revealed the dates for his US book tour for his new novel Travelers. The book, his fourth […]

Dr. Stella Nyanzi Has Now Spent 222 Days in Prison. Ugandans Call for Solidarity as She Faces Three Court Cases | #FreeStellaNyanzi

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In March 2017, Dr. Stella Nyanzi, a leading gender and queer rights scholar, referred to President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda—who […]

Event: The Sudanese Gaze | Dalia Elhassan’s Book Launch of In Half Light, Film Screenings, & Exhibition 

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The Sudanese poet Dalia Elhassan will be launching her chapbook In Half Light at “The Sudanese Gaze,” a cultural production […]

Apply to SBMEN’s Practical Editing Workshop for Magazines and Digital Platforms | 26-27 June

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The Society for Book and Magazine Editors of Nigeria (SBMEN) is calling for applications to its second editing workshop, supported […]

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