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The Final Portrait of A Dead Artist | By Romeo Oriogun | Poetry

“…the smell of turpentine fills the air as he paints the sea into a man.”   I hear it from afar, the thought coming thread by thread into a new city and this time it is Benin, a city of blood cuddled with mother’s breath. I know I should leave this city, this life, this […]

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Where the Road Leads | by Echezonachukwu Nduka | African Poetry

The First Road I Death is a journey of many goodbyes, but tears dry before the dead begin their voyage. Last night, candles burnt wishes and prayers, their flames sending heaven one last voicemail. Our hearts have opened up as roads where dead men walk and talk about the folly of mortals. II In my […]

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Holiday | by Kirby Manià | African Poetry

Untethering the self from the everyday practice of life, I become a ship unanchored I feel a return to what is myself True and unfaltering To that, which has been mired by the flotsam of details and exactitudes— the petty duties that strain and defer Being-ness Here and now Adrift I feel more attuned to what is Absolute […]

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Points of Departure | by Pearl Osibu | An African Story

“When should I have left?” You ask, leaving me speechless. Your plaintive voice, certain in its uncertainty reverberates through my entire being. How can I tell you this? I want to scream at you. I want to tell you you know the answer as well as I. I have known you, my friend of many […]

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sHE-Motions | By Udochukwu Ikwuagwu | African Poetry

Cold nights, dark as the flower over your soul. You call it a body; I find a warm shelter against life adversities. Wrap your arms around my frailty while my head rests on your temple— The worship is pleasing. I bow into three doors of your being. Let me chant these prayers ‘fore the moon […]

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Recantation | by Femi Morgan | An African Poem

Death knocked Barged in Did not meet anyone at home. We came back Called the carpenter To fix the holds That we may not be cold Before the actual time Unfolds **************** Post image by Hartwig HKD via flickr. About the Author: Femi Morgan is the curator of Artmosphere, one of Nigeria’s leading Arts and literature communities.

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A Dragon Morning

Woke up this morning and the first thing that met my eyes was the cold pot of tea from the night before. I was left with this funny feeling that the day would not turn out the way I hoped. Outside was hazy, with a tint of lavender, the last moments of dawn.  There were […]

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Romeo Oriogun Shares Heartfelt, Powerful Personal Story as Anticipation Peaks for His Debut Poetry Collection, Sacrament of Bodies

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Romeo Oriogun’s debut poetry collection Sacrament of Bodies is still some 12 days away from its March 1 publication date […]

New Poetry Anthology, Wreaths for a Wayfarer, Published in Honour of Pius Adesanmi

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A new poetry anthology, Wreaths for a Wayfarer, has been published in honour of Pius Adesanmi, who passed on in […]

Existence as Protest | Nigerian Visual Artist-Writer Osinachi’s Debut Solo Show Set for Kate Vasse Galerie, Zurich, with Foreword by Jason Bailey | March 2020

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The Nigerian visual artist and writer Osinachi is set for his debut solo show. Themed “Osinachi: Existence as Protest,” it […]

Margaret Busby, Sarah Ladipo Mayinka, & Angela Wachuka to Discuss the Global Legacy of African Women Writers at the 2020 LSE Festival

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The LSE Shape the World series is an annual festival hosted by the London School of Economics and Political Science. […]

Jose Eduardo Agualusa to Headline 2020 African Book Festival in Berlin 

Angolan author Jose Eduardo Agualusa poses for a photograph with his book A General Theory of Oblivion at a photocall in London on May 15, 2016, ahead of tomorrow's announcement of the winner of the 2016 Man Booker International Prize. / AFP / Leon NEAL        (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)

The Angolan author Jose Eduardo Agualusa will headline the 2020 African Book Festival in Berlin, curated by the Angolan musician […]

#Valentine’sDay | Which Book Character Are You in Love With? 17 Writers Tell Us

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Writers love to write about love. Even in the fabric of fundamentally political books are scintillating love stories. These love […]

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