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Review: Chike Frankie Edozien’s Lives Of Great Men | Kanyinsola Olorunnisola

WE ARE MORE THAN TRAGEDY: A REVIEW OF CHIKE FRANKIE EDOZIEN’S LIVES OF GREAT MEN To read on the news about queerness in Africa is to read about secrecy, mob assault, imprisonment, asylum, homelessness, death. In Chike Frankie Edozien’s LAMBDA Award-winning memoir Lives of Great Men: Living and Loving as an African Gay Man, there […]

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Zukiswa Wanner’s Travel Memoir, “Hardly Working,” Is Adventure-filled and Personal

  Four years after her fifth novel, London Capetown Joburg, award winning South African writer Zukiswa Wanner has a new book out. A writer’s life often involves writing and traveling. In this new book, Wanner combines the two in an intimate look at the African continent through the lens of her experience as a writer […]

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Chapter Thirty-Three | Binyavanga Wainaina | Memoir

From Binyavanga Wainaina: This is the last chapter of my book. One Day I Will Write About This Place. I had not come out as gay when this was published. I thought of coming out as gay in this book. I just lacked the heart to tell my father, we used to call him Babs. […]

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Chike Frankie Edozien’s Lives of Great Men | Inside Nigeria’s First Memoir About LGBTQ Life

Chike Frankie Edozien, professor of journalism at New York University, has a remarkable book forthcoming. The memoir, titled Lives of Great Men, is 266 pages of what it means to be gay in Nigeria—the very first by a Nigerian about LGBTQ life in Nigeria. It is a landmark moment, this expansion of the queer oeuvre […]

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In Her Debut Memoir, Sisonke Msimang Writes About Childhood, Exile and Adulthood on Two Continents

Sisonke Msimang’s new memoir, Always Another Country, is published in South Africa by Jonathan Ball Publishers. The account of her “exile childhood in Zambia and Kenya, young adulthood and college years in North America, and returning to South Africa in the euphoric 1990s” is drawing resonant praise. Baileys Prize-longlisted novelist Yewande Omotoso called it “a deep […]

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Okey Ndibe Shares Exciting News With Fans Ahead of his Birthday

Nigerian novelist Okey Ndibe received the best birthday present any author could ever imagine. Just two days before his birthday on the 15th of May, the galleys of his new book arrived. He posted a picture of himself holding the book on Facebook with the tag: “The sheer joy of holding the galley copy of […]

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INTERVIEW | Nikitia Yona on Braving Divorce and Writing A Tell-All Memoir

A memoir is often an author’s attempt to use the storytelling tools of fiction to convey a true life experience. Surviving Divorce in Hidalgo County is written by Tanzanian-American writer, Nikitia Yona. It tells the story of Eny Samuel, a woman whose charmed life is rudely interrupted in a loveless and abusive marriage. Surviving Divorce […]

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Soyinka’s Novel That Owes Its Existence To A Tin Box

  I have borrowed Isara‘s subtitle from John Mortimer‘s play, A Voyage Around My Father. The expression captures in essence what I have tried to do with the content of a tin box which I opened some four years ago, that is, about two years after Ake was written. The completion of that childhood biography, […]

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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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