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Congolese Novelist Fiston Mujila Wins 2015 Etisalat Prize for African Literature

Fiston Mwanza Mujila has been announced as the 2015 winner of the Etisalat Prize for African Literature for his novel Tram 83. The 34-year-old novelist was awarded the £15,000 prize minutes ago at the Intecontinental Hotel in Victoria Island, Lagos (19 March). The little known author from the Democratic Republic of Congo broke into the global literary scene […]

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Commonwealth Book Prize Has Been Scrapped

Barely two years after it replaced the Commonwealth Writer’s Prize for Best Book, the Commonwealth Book Prize, awarded to the best first novel and aimed at recognizing emerging writers, has been scrapped. Here is the official announcement made by the Commonwealth Writer’s organization last week. As is usual with documents like these, the pressing question is not […]

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Maurice Sendak— “I don’t know how to write a children’s book.” Watch NEW VIDEO

“I do not believe that I’ve ever written a children’s book. I don’t know how to write a children’s book,” says one of the greatest children’s book artist that ever lived. Clearly, Maurice Sendak is just messing with us.  Anyway, watch this short video of Sendak—who passed away last month—reflecting on how his ordinary Brooklyn […]

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Please, No Text Mining Here

Publishers and professors are fighting over text mining. This is why. Ever wondered what happens to the millions of articles published yearly in academic journals? Who reads them, as horridly boring as they are?  In the old days, before computers arrived on earth, Professor Naughty would imprison himself in a cold, dusty library reading room […]

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Itiola Jones Joins 20.35 Africa Poetry Collective as an Editor

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The American Nigerian poet Itiola Jones has joined the 20.25 Africa: An Anthology of Contemporary Poetry collective as an editor. […]

After One Comes Ten | Golden Anurika Ahuachaogu | Poetry

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Somewhere in the north, above red earth and foils of prayers, the smell of wet henna fights to outlive the […]

Sumbua | Gloria Mari | Fiction

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BEATRICE WATCHES THE parking lot, her ornamental beads jingling. “Is Sumbua coming?” she asks her mother standing beside her. Her […]

Americanah TV Series: Chinonye Chukwu to Direct First Two Episodes, Corey Hawkins Joins Cast as Blaine

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Chinonye Chukwu, the Igbo-born director of last year’s Sundance award-winning film Clemency, will be directing the first two episodes of […]

Photos | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Is the Inaugural Recipient of the ILFU Festival’s Belle van Zuylen ring

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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has been honoured with the inaugural Belle van Zuylen ring, an award by the ILFU International Literature […]

The 2000s-10s Generation of Nigerian Writers Has Failed Politically | Michael Chiedoziem Chukwudera

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1. At the Ake Arts and Books Festival in Lagos last October, the novelist Helon Habila said something about identifying […]

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