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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Hosted Lupita Nyong’o in Lagos: How It Happened + Photos & Video

Photos credited to CNA’s Team. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie hosted Lupita Nyong’o in a private dinner in Lagos, attended by notable personalities in Nigerian entertainment. The event was part of Lupita’s second visit to Nigeria in preparation for the Americanah TV series adaptation, in which she will star as Ifemelu. The series, which has been ordered […]

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Apply to Be Logistics Manager for Book Buzz Foundation, Ake Festival, & Kaduna Festival

Book Buzz Foundation, the NGO behind the Ake Arts and Book Festival and the Kaduna Arts and Book Festival, is looking for a Logistics Manager for its projects. Founded by the novelist Lola Shoneyin, Book Buzz Foundation promotes literacy through reading initiatives for children, creating new reading spaces, and organising cultural festivals in Nigeria. “We are […]

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The 2020 Ake Festival Is Themed #BlackMagic, to Focus on Political Memoirs & Children’s Writing

The Ake Arts and Book Festival has announced its 2020 theme: “Black Magic.” Founded in 2013 by BookBuzz Foundation director Lola Shoneyin, the festival is the biggest annual gathering of writers in the continent, with panels, performances, book launches, and film screenings taking place over four days. Supported by Sterling Bank, the 2020 showpiece, the […]

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

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

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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An Argentinian Crocheter Made a Doll of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. We Interviewed Her.

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Fans of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie may have heard that earlier this year, she gave a keynote speech at Chile’s Future […]

Tomi Adeyemi Brings Black Girl Magic and Nigerian Excellence to Maison Valentino

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Last week, Italian fashion house Maison Valentino premiered its short film series entitled “In Conversation With” on YouTube featuring Nigerian-American […]

Between Colours, Senses, Words and Worlds: Harry Garuba’s Transition | Katleho Kano Shoro | Poetry

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For Professor Harry Garuba You are in a lime green, waterproof jacket hooded. Restlessly standing on the pavement— overhead: grey […]

Laila Lalami’s Forthcoming Memoir Conditional Citizens Recounts Her Journey from Moroccan Immigrant to U.S. Citizen

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Moroccan-American author Laila Lalami has a new book forthcoming on April 28, 2020 from Pantheon Books. Titled Conditional Citizens, the […]

Neighbors (A Quarantine-Themed Fiction) | E. C. Osondu

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My neighbor Vinny Capriani is a great neighbor. I’m happy to have him as one. I live in a state […]

Tope Folarin and Nnamdi Ehirim Longlisted for the 2020 VCU Cabell First Novel Award

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Tope Folarin and Nnamdi Ehirim are both on the longlist of the 2020 VCU Cabell First Novel Award. The annual […]

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