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African Literati React to Oscars Disqualification of Nigeria’s First Ever Entry, Lionheart, with Conversation on Language, Colonial Legacy

On November 5, 2019, African Twitter was abuzz with the news that Lionheart (2018), Nigeria’s first ever submission to the Academy Awards, was disqualified on the grounds that it contained too much English dialogue. The disqualification provoked Twitter responses from several African authors and other prominent individuals of the African literary scene who have written or […]

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“A Hymen is Where Angels Live”: Chika Unigwe, Molara Wood, Kọ́lá Túbọ̀sún, and the Definitions of Hymen You Never Knew Existed

Yesterday started off as an ordinary day on African literary Twitter. There was the usual announcement of newly published books and essays, congratulations for recent award winners, and of course, a tweet or two about Chimamanda Adichie. We were, in short, performing our regular scroll-through of our Twitter feed, thumb swiping up, thumb swiping up, […]

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

The Society for Book and Magazine Editors of Nigeria (SBMEN) is calling for applications to its second editing workshop, supported by the British Council Nigeria and Quramo Publishing Limited. Themed “Editing for Magazines and Digital Platforms” and planned for 26–27 June 2019, facilitators include Today’s Woman magazine founder & editor-in-chief Adesuwa Onyenokwe, Ktravula blog founder […]

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A Place is Illuminated in and by Absence | Emmanuel Iduma & Kọlá Túbọ̀sún in Conversation

Emmanuel Iduma is the author of two books, Farad/A Sound of Things to Come (2012) and A Stranger’s Pose (2018). He is also the co-founder of Saraba Magazine, and a teacher at the MFA Art Writing Program, School of Visual Arts, New York City. I caught up with him over several weeks to discuss his […]

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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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Thursday’s Children: 11 Contributors to Forthcoming Anthology Discuss Experimentation and the Nature of Creative Nonfiction

Thursday’s Children is a forthcoming anthology of personal essays. Co-edited by Adams Adeosun and Bello Damilare, it comes with an introduction by Kola Tubosun, and features fourteen writers, including its editors: Frances Ogamba, Timi Agboola Israel, Andanje Wobanda, Fareeda Abdulkareem, Atanda Obatolu, IfeOluwa Nihinlola, Munachim Amah, Kanyinsola Olorunnisola, Moyosore Orimoloye, Afope Ojo, Innocent Chizaram Ilo, and Ope […]

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The 4 Winners of the 2018 Miles Morland Scholarships

Four writers have been announced as the winners of the 2018 Miles Morland Writing Scholarships. Cote D’Ivoire’s Edwige Dro and Nigeria’s Kola Tubosun won for nonfiction, and South Africa’s Sibabalwe Masinyana and Zimbabwe’s Siphiwe Ndlovu won for fiction. They were chosen from a shortlist of 20 announced in November, which had itself been chosen from over 550 entries from 27 countries—including […]

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The 2018 Brittle Paper Award for Creative Nonfiction: Meet the 8 Finalists

The shortlists for the 2018 Brittle Paper Awards were announced in October. Begun in 2017 to mark our seventh anniversary, the Awards aim to recognize the finest, original pieces of writing by Africans published online. The $1,100 prize is split across five categories: the Brittle Paper Award for Fiction ($200), the Brittle Paper Award for Poetry ($200), the Brittle Paper Award for Creative Nonfiction ($200), the Brittle Paper Award […]

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Kwame Dawes’s “Yard Boy”: A Powerful Poem for Our Moment

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Kwame Dawes recently wrote a poem titled “Yard Boy” that speaks to the recent events surrounding the death of George […]

Teju Cole’s Spotify Playlists Offer Musical Solace for These Times

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Among Teju Cole’s many talents is his ability to curate music that captures a mood or even the feel of […]

Petina Gappah to Write Play About the Censorship History of Dambudzo Marechera’s Novel Black Sunlight

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Petina Gappah recently announced that she was writing a play that focuses on “the 1982 banning and unbanning” of Dambudzo […]

Oh, Blessed Bri’Land | Jedah Mayberry | Fiction

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Bri’Land glistened at me, her brilliant display of pink sand shimmering in delight.  It would seem that I had finally, […]

Books That Go with Wine and Books That Don’t

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The beverages most associated with reading are tea and coffee. But many readers love to cozy up in bed with […]

In This House | Inok Rosemary | Poetry

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  In this house, we sift our words, Never letting the walls hear what they shouldn’t. The fear of their […]

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