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A Wilder Expression of Love | By Chinaecherem Michael Obor | Fiction

We value love not because it’s stronger than death but because it’s weaker. —Jeffery Eugenides. YOU KNEW, in the half-second you saw Chisom standing at the university gates, that love does show up in dusty shades. She was throwing tentative glances about, apparently looking for someone. You wanted to call out her name, to raise […]

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The Love Walk and One Other Story | By Uzoma Ihejirika | Flash Fiction

THE LOVE WALK He likes to think this was the kind of love they shared, a love he is yet to find a name for: she telling him to follow her and he obeying and they walking a long distance and past electric poles and trees and bushes and he asking her where they are […]

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The Young Man and The Sea | By Iyanu Adebiyi and Joshua Omena | A Poem

Their love had eyes with which to cry many rivers that would forever drown the earth. She asked: What if the skies were the oceans and the oceans the sand, would you walk on water? He replied: First, I would run back to earth barefooted with heavy eyes, then I would fall to sleep like […]

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You Should Be a Gift | Ife Olujuyigbe | Fiction

I am staring angrily at your parting lips as sounds escape them. I am asking questions in my head. Can I have just a little piece of yourself, since you’re so full of it? You’re spilling at the sides; can I scrape the top off? How about the side with too much cream and too […]

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And They Say Dreams Are Meant For Sleeping | By Zulaikhah | African Fiction

“Then she would see a cockroach on her bedroom wall, staring back at her languidly as it cleaned its antennas with long, lavish strokes. The anger would bubble in her throat and her mother’s voice would sing to her from a long gone time.” *** She stood at MMIA, watching her husband go and trying […]

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Collect Rainwater | By Saddiq Dzukogi | Poetry

“Her nightmares follow her out of bed.” *** The girl has the same silence as a pigeon drenched in rainwater, leaves drenched in rainwater, a man locked in rainwater, shadows in rainwater. Dusk makes everything quiet; the mango tree by the roadside is watching calmly as I, an old man, clutch in my arm a […]

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Boy with the Flying Cheekbones | By Sarah Lubala | An African Poem

Dear Théophile i imagine your bed stills smells like burnt sugar and keen aching i cannot cross the threshold that room is steeped in a fever so ravenous it devours the air lately, i’ve been thinking about all the hungers in men’s chests because something about absence and the heart growing fonder Dear Théophile, you […]

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A Constellation of Lights | by Phidelia Imiegha | African Poetry

You wake up, greeted by a constellation of lights. Are these stars, are you in heaven, are you finally dead? Your eyes, adjusting to the lights, realizing, it’s a hospital ward. You try to remember how you got here. What do you remember? Your mouth, swollen shut from all the years of not speaking out. […]

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“Read Salone, Build Salone”: The First Sierra Leone National Book Fair | 5-7 Dec.

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Between December 5 to December 7, Freetown, Sierra Leone, will play host to the Sierra Leone National Book Fair—the first […]

Is There a Quota of 5 Books by African Authors for Every “Best 100 Books of 2019” List?

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As yet another year draws to a close, literary lists of various sorts are once again filling our newsfeeds. During […]

Laila Lalami’s The Other Americans Longlisted for the 2020 Aspen Words Literary Prize

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Moroccan-American novelist Laila Lalami’s The Other Americans has recently been longlisted for the 2020 Aspen Words Literary Prize. Described on the Aspen Prize’s […]

Apply for SBMEN’s Workshop “Literary Criticism: Judging Dynamic Creative Writing in All Forms”| 23 November

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The Society for Book and Magazine Editors of Nigeria (SBMEN) is calling for applications to its fourth (and last) editing […]

They Say There are Over 50 Translations of Things Fall Apart. Here are 61.

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How many times have you heard or read that Things Fall Apart has been translated into over 50 languages? And yet, […]

Vol. II of 20.35 Africa: An Anthology of Contemporary Poetry, Guest-edited by Yasmyn Belkhyr & Kayo Chingonyi, Now Available Here

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In November 2018, we published the debut volume of the 20.35 Africa: An Anthology of Contemporary Poetry series. The first […]

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