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What Were Your Favorite African Writers up to in September?

  1. Month of Sorrow September left us all sad and bereaved. Kofi Awoonor died in the Nairobi Mall Shooting. Awoonor was in Nairobi for the Storymoja Hay Festival. He popped by the mall to do a bit of shopping with his son and was gunned down. I feel like a bit of my literary […]

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Tribute to A Beloved Poet — Photos Of Billy Kahora, Paula Kahumbu, and Teju Cole at The Nairobi Memorial For Kofi Awoonor

The tribute last night at the museum was moving, so in keeping with the depth, height, breadth and weight of the late professor’s writing. The siege at Westgate was still ongoing and a climate of fear permeates the air, but about 150 people showed up. Love and respect were palpable in the room. Two of […]

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“We Could Account For All Our Authors But Kofi”—Storymoja Festival Speaks on the Nairobi Mall Shooting and Awoonor’s Death

We’ve been in mourning these past few days with the loss of renowned Ghanaian poet, Kofi Awoonor. Awoonor was in Nairobi for the Storymoja Hay Festival when he fell victim to terrorist shootings in an upscale mall in Nairobi. Paula Kahumbu, the director of the literary event, writes about hanging out with Awoonor the previous […]

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Songs of Sorrow by Kofi Awoonor

Dzogbese Lisa has treated me thus It has led me among the sharps of the forest Returning is not possible And going forward is a great difficulty The affairs of this world are like the chameleon faeces Into which I have stepped When I clean it cannot go. I am on the world’s extreme corner, […]

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Teju Cole’s Essay on The Disposability of Black Lives is Essential Reading for Our Current Moment

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As we mourn the death of George Floyd, whose life was brutally taken by a white police officer in Minneapolis, […]

Lolwe Needs You to Achieve its Goal of Paying Writers

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Lolwe is a literary magazine founded in January 2020 by Kenyan writer and editor Troy Onyango. One of the magazine’s […]

Bernardine Evaristo’s Girl, Woman, Other, Shortlisted for The Orwell Prize for Political Fiction

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Bernardine Evaristo’s Girl, Woman, Other has been shortlisted for The Orwell Prize for Political Fiction. Sponsored by The Orwell Foundation […]

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Tomi Adeyemi Recommends 5 Books to Escape Into While You’re Social Distancing

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Wondering what’s on Tomi Adeyemi’s quarantine reading list? Adeyemi recently shared five books she is reading (and re-reading) during the […]

All the Scoop on Fiston Mujila’s Forthcoming Novel The Villain’s Dance

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Fiston Mujila’s second novel is set for a September 2020 release by France-based publishing powerhouse Éditions Métailié. It has been […]

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