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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

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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 | by Jonathan Durunguma | African 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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In Love and Ashes | Writer-Filmmaker Umar Turaki’s Drama Series Stars Patience Ozokwor, with Soundtrack by 2Baba

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Nigerian writer and filmmaker Umar Turaki’s new drama series, In Love and Ashes, has premiered. The series stars Nollywood icon […]

Poetry x Fashion | Attend a Class with Brunel Prize Winner Theresa Lola in London

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Brunel Prize 2018 joint winner Theresa Lola will be teaching a class on poetry and fashion. The class will “explore […]

Tomi Adeyemi Narrates Frightening Encounter with Racist White Policemen

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Tomi Adeyemi, author of the million-dollar Children of Blood and Bone trilogy, shared to her 43,000 Twitter followers an encounter […]

BookShyBooks Lists 12 Female Zimbabwean Writers You Should Know and Read

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BookShyBooks blog, run by Zahrah Nesbitt-Ahmed, has compiled a list of 12 female Zimbabwean writers and their works. The list […]

For Summer Reading, Barack Obama Lists Some of His Favourite Books by African Writers

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Former US president Barack Obama has listed some of his favourite literature books by Africans ahead of his visit to […]

Watch Trailer | The Poets is a Documentary Film Celebrating Niyi Osundare and Syl Cheney-Coker’s Friendship

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The Poets, a new documentary film, celebrates the friendship between the Nigerian poet Niyi Osundare and the Sierra Leonean poet […]

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