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A Smelly Mouth, A bus, and A Lagos Love Story—Notes On A Short Story by Igoni Barrett

“My Smelling Mouth Problem” by Igoni Barrett is a strange story and is written in a peculiarly Nigerian English that sounds more lyrical when it is read than when heard. “My Smelling Mouth Problem” is a love story between man and a city. The 22-year old LASPOTECH student from Port Harcourt clearly has a fondness for […]

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Much Anticipated Lagos Sci-fi Novel By Nnedi Okorafor Set For Release on March 13, 2014

On July 2nd, Nnedi Okorafor posted a rather dark message on her blog, Nnedi’s Wahala Zone. She said: In the last three months, I’ve gone through some serious dark events that I will remember forever. Whenever I thought it was done, the universe took me over another cresting wave and I had to hang on […]

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Teju Cole Reflects On An Encounter With An Armed Robber In Lagos

A long while back, Teju Cole tweeted, while he was in Lagos, that he had being robbed. Granta has just published his account of the experience. You can find it in the recently issued Granta 124: Travel. The essay is titled “Water Has No Enemy”, clearly referencing Fela’s song titled “Water No Get Enemy.” There are […]

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Afromysterics And The Narratives Of A Busy Mind

Laolu Senbanjo is a Lagos-based artist. I encountered his work for the first time on Bella Naija and then on Ndani TV. He is known for mind-bending images that are infused with a touch of the urban and the mythical. Take a close look at his images. What do they bring to your mind? How […]

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Exclusive Brittle Paper Interview | Chibundu Onuzo Speaks About Her New Novel, Nollywood, And Lagos As A City of Romance

Interesting stuff keeps coming out of the Nigerian literary scene, the most recent of which is the publication of Chibundu Onuzu’s Spider King’s Daughter by prestigious British publishing house, Faber and Faber.  Spider King’s Daughter is a dark love story set in Nigeria’s megalopolis, Lagos. From the moment I started reading the novel, I knew […]

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Nekpen and Daniel | STORIES

Nene was hurrying home to catch a favorite TV show. The good thing about becoming a fulltime staff nurse was that she could afford DSTV. On days like this when she was not on night duty, she looked forward to getting back home from the hospital to some warmed up jollof rice and soft drink […]

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Photos & Scoop From The Official Book Launch of Eghosa Imasuen’s Novel, Fine Boys | See Chimamanda Adichie, Jude Dibia, Elnathan John, Tolu Ogunlesi and More

On the 2nd of August, the finest of Nigeria’s literati were hobnobbing at the Quintessence Bookstore in Falomo, Ikoyi. They were gathered for the official book launch of Eghosa Imasuen’s sophomore novel, Fine Boys. The book launch was hosted by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and featured the Caine Prize winning writer Binyavanga Wainaina who read from […]

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Book Review: A Lagos Romance

It’s near impossible to read a  novel in one sitting these days. Between twitter, Facebook, and real life, who has the time and focus it takes to do such a thing? But a few days ago, I read Chibundu Onuzo’s  The Spider King’s Daughter in one blow. Not an extraordinary feat, though, since Spider King’s Daughter is an irresistible […]

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The Guardian UK Criticized for Headline Calling Bernardine Evaristo’s Booker Prize-winning Novel Obscure

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Right after Bernardine Evaristo and Margaret Atwood were announced joint winners of the 2019 Booker Prize for Fiction, the UK’s […]

Bernardine Evaristo’s Joint Win of the Booker Prize, with Margaret Atwood, Makes Her the First Black Woman & Second Nigerian to Receive the Honour

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The Nigerian-British novelist Bernardine Evaristo has been awarded the 2019 Booker Prize for Fiction, for her novel Girl, Woman, Other, […]

The Queen of Dahomey: Episode Three | The Witches of Auchi Series | Anthony Azekwoh

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There was an old woman with a ragged scar on her cheek who lived alone on the outskirts of Dahomey. […]

Befeqadu Hailu, Ethiopian Writer-Activist & Co-founder of Zone 9 Blog, Named 2019 International Writer of Courage

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Befeqadu Hailu, the Ethiopian writer, activist, and co-founder of the Amharic-language human rights platform Zone 9 Blogging Collective, has been […]

Kalaf Epalanga, Angolan Author & Musician, Named Curator of the 2020 African Book Festival in Berlin

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The Angolan musician and author Kalaf Epalanga, who looks like the actor Mahershala Ali, has been announced as the curator […]

Addis Ababa Noir, Edited by Maaza Mengiste & Featuring Mahtem Shiferraw, Sulaiman Addonia, Linda Yohannes, Meron Hadero, Hannah Giorgis, Forthcoming in April 2020

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Each anthology in Akashic Books’ noir series is “set in a distinct neighborhood or location within the respective city” and […]

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