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Memento, New Anthology Edited by Adedayo Agarau, Collects Notable Voices in Contemporary Nigerian Poetry 

The American publisher Animal Heart Press has released an anthology of Nigerian poetry. Titled Memento: An Anthology of Contemporary Nigerian Poetry and edited by Adedayo Agarau, it collects work by most of the notable voices in Nigerian poetry, including Sky Raining Fists author J.K. Anowe and fellow Brittle Paper Award for Poetry winner Itiola Jones, A […]

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Lolwe, a New Magazine of Literature & Photography, Calls for Submissions to Debut Issue, Guest-edited by JK Anowe, Itiola Jones, & Moso Sematlane

Lolwe is a new online magazine that publishes fiction, literary criticism, personal essays, photography, and poetry. It was founded in January 2020 by the Kenyan writer Troy Onyango. It takes its name from Nam Lolwe, the traditional Luo name for Lake Victoria, which means “endless lake/water body.” The magazine zeroes in on “endless”—“having or seeming to have […]

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The Top 15 Debut Books of 2019

The year 2019 was full. While it is gone, its books are not. In December, we released our list of The Notable Books of 2019 by African authors. As we look ahead into 2020, we list the year’s most notable debuts books and authors in fiction, poetry, and nonfiction, some of which also appear in […]

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Seven Writer Portraits from LIPFEST 2019

The 2019 Lagos International Poetry Festival took place from 30 October to 3 November. Founded in 2015 by the performance poet Efe Paul Azino, author of For Broken Men Who Cross Often, this year’s festival, themed “A Wild Beautiful Thing,” featured five days of panels, performances, film screenings, and workshops. For photos, the guest list, and a brief recap, […]

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Photos & Recap | Lagos International Poetry Festival 2019: Panels, Performances, Workshops, & More

The 2019 Lagos International Poetry Festival took place from 30 October to 3 November. Founded in 2015 by the performance poet Efe Paul Azino, author of For Broken Men Who Cross Often, this year’s festival, themed “A Wild Beautiful Thing,” featured five days of panels, performances, film screenings, and workshops. Events were spread across three […]

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Mental Health: 8 Books by African Authors You Should Read

The subject of mental health is often synonymous with shame, silence, and the need to hide away from the world. The age-long stigma attached to it has made the conversation a difficult one to have. According to MentalHealth.gov, mental health problems are actually far more common than people think. Early warning signs range from eating […]

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JK Anowe’s Anticipated Poetry Chapbook, Sky Raining Fists, Forthcoming from Madhouse Press in Spring 2019

The Nigerian poet JK Anowe, Chapbook Series Editor at Praxis Magazine, won the inaugural Brittle Paper Award for Poetry in 2017, for his poem “Credo to Leave.” Published in Expound, “Credo to Leave” exemplifies the Self-centric exploration of mental illness that JK Anowe is known for. A week ago, he was shortlisted for the 2019 […]

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Frankie Edozien, JK Anowe, Megan Ross, Lilian Aujo Lead 19-Strong Shortlist for the Gerald Kraak Prize

Jacana Literary Foundation (JLF), in partnership with The Other Foundation, has announced a 19-strong shortlist for the R25,000 Gerald Kraak Prize, selected from over 500 entries. The nominated works—a total of 23 pieces of fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction by the 19 writers—will appear in the third Gerald Kraak Anthology, titled The Heart of the Matter, forthcoming from Jacana […]

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Lambda Literary is struggling under the devastating financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic. On April 17, the organization launched a […]

Innocent Chizaram Ilo Awarded 2020 Commonwealth Short Story Prize for Africa Region

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Nigeria’s Innocent Chizaram Ilo is the regional winner for Africa of the 2020 Commonwealth Short Story Prize for their short […]

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BUY Cassava | Amazon A new edition of Abubakar Adam Ibrahim’s The Whispering Trees is out in Cassava Shorts, a […]

Poda-Poda Stories Calls for Submissions from Sierra Leonean Writers

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Poda-Poda Stories is a new digital platform curating Sierra Leonean literature. The platform was founded by Ngozi Nicole, a Sierra […]

Petina Gappah’s Out of Darkness, Shining Light Wins the 2020 Chautauqua Prize

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Petina Gappah’s Out of Darkness, Shining Light is the winner of the 2020 Chautauqua Prize. The Chautauqua Prize has been awarded […]

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  The of Quote of the Week is by Wole Soyinka: “The man dies in all who keep silent in […]

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