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Is It Still Beautiful? Motherhood and Mental Health During a Pandemic | Ukamaka Olisakwe | Nonfiction

The only photographs I have on my LG mobile phone are my children’s. They are 17, 15, and 13, and every one of those photos show them wearing big smiles or pouting or frozen in some silly Snapchat filters that make them look like characters in an animated picture. They live in Aba, Nigeria, with […]

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Chimamanda on Her Next Novel, How Motherhood Feeds Art, and Why She Didn’t Think She Would Be a Good Mother

There’s been a long conversation on writers being mothers—whether it makes them less efficient writers, the extent to which it ushers them onto a new creative plane. There have been books by mothers on their relationship to motherhood: South African writer Megan Ross’ poetry collection Milk Fever (2017) and Canadian novelist Sheila Heti’s Motherhood (2017) come to mind. […]

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Only What Truly Matters | Jonathan Durunguma | Fiction

I WALK INTO the asylum not expecting to feel anything new. I have been here countless times. Each time, as I made my way through the terrazzo-floored hallway, I tried to avoid the dispirited faces that told grim stories and asked pitiful questions. Questions they slept and woke up with each day, asking, even though […]

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Zadie Smith and Namwali Serpell on Femininity and Writing

Zadie Smith has an uncommon ability to tell stories that capture our hearts. But she’s also shown herself to be a very self-aware writer. Whenever she reflects on the craft and life of writing, she has the most inspiring and insightful things to say. In a comment made during a recent interview published on elle.com, […]

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The Long-awaited One | by Priscilla Adipa | An African Story

I lost my arm in a zoo. That’s what she tells them when they stare with bewildered eyes, and turn their faces away at the sight of her empty left sleeve, which suspended in time, holds nothing but air. She looks out for the shock, almost invites it as her neighbors pass her in the […]

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Adichie Dazzles with Post-Baby Glow in Vanity Fair Feature

News of Adichie’s pregnancy surfaced on the internet in July. [read here if you missed it.] We have since heard that the Adichie-Esege baby has graced the world with its presence. Adichie returned to work soon after. She was in Paris earlier this year [read here],  in addition to two speaking engagements in the US. […]

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The Flesh and Blood of Family | by Abigail George | African Poetry

The flesh and blood of family The ominous map of my mother is a landscape of green glass that makes me flinch. There’s the pleasing memory of dance in the dreams that come to us while we sleep. Lust on a battlefield. I need to know this. War, you’re leaving her. Now my mother is […]

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Forgive Us, Madam, We Killed Your Son | Henry C. Onyema | An African Story

You are a mother of five boys, ages 18 to 32. Your family is not rich but by no standard can you be classified as poor. All your sons are educated. The first two have degrees while the third has some technical training. The others are secondary school graduates. Your first son is seriously preparing […]

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The 2021 Aspen Words Literary Prize is Now Open for Entry

Apply for the 2021 Aspen Words Literary Prize

The Aspen Words Literary Prize is open for entry as of today. The $35,000 prize annually rewards an “influential work […]

July 10 | Sarah Ladipo Manyika Hosts Strive Masiyiwa on Conversations Across the Diaspora

July 10 _ Sarah Ladipo Manyika Hosts Strive Masiyiwas on Conversations Across the Diaspora

Sarah Ladipo Manyika, author of In Dependence (2008) and Like A Mule Bringing Ice Cream To The Sun (2016), has teamed up […]

Bernardine Evaristo Becomes First Black Writer to Win Author of the Year

Bernardine Evaristo Becomes First Black Writer to Win Author of the Year in the British Book Awards

  Bernardine Evaristo’s winning streak continues as she dominates two categories of the 2020 British Book Awards: Best Fiction Book […]

Apply for the 2020 Morland Writing Scholarship | £27,000 for Nonfiction, £18,000 Fiction

Apply for the 2020 Miles Morland Writing Scholarship

The Miles Morland Foundation is currently accepting applications for the 2020 Morland African Writing Scholarships. The awards offer a fiction […]

The Million Naira Nigeria Prize for Difference and Diversity | Here is How to Nominate Someone

The Million Naira Nigeria Prize for Difference and Diversity _ Here is How to Nominate Someone

Nominations for The Nigeria Prize for Difference & Diversity is officially open. The new prize, co-presented by digital media platform […]

This is Why I am Endowing a N1 Million Prize for Difference and Diversity in Nigeria | Chude Jideonwo

This is Why I am Endowing a N1 Million Prize for Difference and Diversity in Nigeria _ Chude Jideonwo (2)

Last year, I wrote a piece on CNN during Pride Month​—​a month set aside to celebrate sexual and gender diversity […]

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