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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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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 […]

Oyinkan Braithwaite Wins the 2019 Anthony Award for Best First Novel

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Nigerian author Oyinkan Braithwaite has won the 2019 Anthony Award for her debut novel My Sister, the Serial Killer. Braithwaite […]

Winners of the 2019 Nommo Awards

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On October 25, the African Speculative Fiction Society (ASFS) announced the winners of the 2019 Nommo Awards. The award announcement […]

Bibi Bakare-Yusuf, Sarah Ladipo Manyika, Olumide Popoola, Mukoma wa Ngugi at Stimmen Afrikas Literaturfestival in Cologne, Germany

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From November 6 to November 9 2019, 33 guests from 19 countries, including several notable African authors, scholars, other individuals […]

Romeo Oriogun’s Debut Poetry Collection, Sacrament of Bodies, an Interrogation of Queerness, Masculinity & Nigerianness, Now Available for Pre-order

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In 2018, the Nigerian poet Romeo Oriogun was named an Institute of International Education Artist Protection Fund Fellow and a […]

20.35 Africa | Momtaza Mehri, Megan Ross, Nadra Mabrouk, Saddiq Dzukogi Featured in Forthcoming Volume II, Guest-Edited by Yasmin Belkhyr & Kayo Chingonyi

Earlier this year, we announced a call for submissions for Volume II of 20.35 Africa: An Anthology of Contemporary Poetry, […]

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