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The Kingdom of Gravity | The Poem That Made Nick Makoha Africa’s Award Winning Poet

Nick Makoha’s work is one of those rare discoveries you make with a sigh of relief, knowing that poetry is still alive and well in the contemporary African literary scene. The London-based Ugandan poet is the second winner of the 2015 Brunel University African Poetry Prize. He won alongside Safia Elhillo, whose wildly experimental poem was […]

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The Quirky African Poem We Can’t Stop Reading | Quarantine With Abdelhalim Hafez | by Safia Elhillo

Safia Elhillo is a Sudanese poet based in Washington, DC. She is one of the two winners of the 2015 Brunel University African Poetry Prize. In just three years of being in existence, the £3000 prize has become a training ground of sorts for Africa’s poetry stars. The first winner of the prize, Warsan Shire, went on […]

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Warsan Shire’s Tenure as London’s Young Poet Laureate Comes to a Sweet End

A year ago, we reported the appointment of Warsan Shire as London’s first ever young poet laureate. Well, a whole year has now passed and her tenure has come to an end. According to BBC news, she had a memorable “year of residences ranging from the Houses of Parliament to beauty salons…as well as the creation […]

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Hollywood or Nollywood? As Americanah TV Series Goes to HBO, Actress Stella Damasus Suggests Industry Slight & Chika Unigwe Responds

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The Americanah TV series adaptation, starring Lupita Nyong’o and written by Danai Gurira, has been ordered by HBO Max. The […]

15 Pieces to Guide Your Understanding of Xenophobia in (South) Africa

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Once again, this September, xenophobic violence was unleashed on other Africans, mostly Nigerians, in South Africa: businesses were closed, shops […]

Johary Ravaloson’s Return to the Enchanted Island Is the Second Novel from Madagascar to Be Translated into English

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In May 2018, we brought news of the first novel by a writer from Madagascar to be translated into English: […]

Sundays at Saint Steven’s | Davina Philomena Kawuma | Poetry

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when god runs out of money (how, no one says) once a week, these days, we come to where the […]

Read the First Excerpt from Petina Gappah’s New Novel, Out of Darkness, Shining Light

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Petina Gappah‘s new novel Out of Darkness, Shining Light was released on 10 September by Simon & Schuster imprint Scribner. […]

We Need To Talk | Muriel Adhiambo | Fiction

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IT WAS A warm, humid night in the lakeside city of Kisumu. Under a starless sky, the women, seated on […]

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