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Watch Lola Shoneyin Discuss Ake Festival on CNN’s African Voices

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Lola Shoneyin was recently featured on CNN’s “African Voices: Changemakers,” in a video in which she discussed the essence of the Ake Arts and Book Festival, which she founded in 2013. Shoneyin’s running of the Ake Festival and its sister showpiece, the Kaduna Book and Arts Festival, coupled with her founding of the publishing press […]

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Nigerian Writer & Journalist Molara Wood Announced Chief Editor of Ouida Books & One Read Africa

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The Nigerian writer, journalist, and editor Molara Wood has been announced as the new Chief Editor of the publishing press Ouida Books and its One Read initiative. Founded in 2016 by the novelist and Ake Festival director Lola Shoneyin, the Lagos-based Ouida Books has published books by Nnedi Okorafor, Ayobami Adebayo, Tomi Adeyemi, Chike Frankie […]

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Exclusive: Watch Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Praise & Give Certificates to Participants of the Purple Hibiscus Creative Writing Workshop 

The eleventh edition of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s creative writing workshop took place in Lagos from 20 November to 30 November 2018. Formerly the Farafina Trust Creative Writing Workshop, the event returned after its 2017 postponement as the Purple Hibiscus Trust Creative Writing Workshop, named after Adichie’s debut novel, which was marking its fifteenth anniversary, and […]

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Bibi Bakare-Yusuf, Stella Nyanzi, Lola Shoneyin, Panashe Chigumadzi Honoured in AWP Network’s 2018 Power List, Alongside Ethiopian President Sahle-Work Zewde, Genevieve Nnaji, and Uzo Aduba

Entrepreneurship platform AWP Network has released its sixth annual “Power Network List” of 40 “African women with powerful, inspiring, and influential voices,” all of whom “create programs and policies that support the development and growth of African women and girls.” Among the 2018 honourees are Cassava Republic founder and Brittle Paper 2018 Person of the […]

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At the Purple Hibiscus Trust Workshop | Clementine Ewokolo-Burnley

There is water everywhere, a skyline, tall buildings, twinkling lights, pleasure craft behind locked gates. Leaning back in the taxi, I relax. I’m in Lagos, on my way to the Purple Hibiscus Trust Workshop. Twenty-two writers, ten days, reading, writing, critiques, eating, arguing, bonding. The email on November 7, which started with “Dear Clementine” and […]

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Chimamanda Adichie Is Coming to South Africa for the 2018 Abantu Festival

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is coming to South Africa for the 2018 Abantu Book Festival. The announcement was made this morning on Twitter by the festival organizers. She joins a list of guests that includes Cassava Republic founder Bibi Bakare-Yusuf, This Mournable Body author Tsitsi Dangarembga, Fred Khumalo, Helon Habila, Happiness Is a Four-Letter Word author […]

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Story Story, Story Come | New Anthology of Children’s Folktales Forthcoming from Paivapo and Ouida Books Imprint Tanja

Two publishers, Lagos-based Ouida Books imprint Tanja and Nairobi-based Paivapo, are collaborating on a new anthology of children’s stories. Edited by the Nairobi-based Gambian journalist and media trainer Maimouna Jallow, Story Story, Story Come collects 12 folktales by writers from across the continent: South Sudan, Nigeria, South Africa, The Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Zambia, Cameroon, and […]

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Ake Festival 2018 Begins, Headlined by Nuruddin Farah, Featuring Paul Beatty, Nnedi Okorafor, Jennifer Makumbi, Frankie Edozien, Mona Eltahawy

The 2018 Ake Arts and Book Festival begins today. Themed “Fantastical Futures,” this year’s event, moved to Lagos from Abeokuta where it had always been held, will focus on a reimagined Africa and will last from October 24 – 27. The festival is headlined by Somali novelist Nuruddin Farah, whose newest, 14th novel is North of […]

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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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