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The Secret Lives of Shoes | by Atoke | African Fashion Fiction

They were arranged on the rack as was the norm. Silver Wedges sat on the extreme right end of Row 1. She was dainty and delicate, faux leather and all, with patterns glistening in their newness. The contrast of her reflective glow against the backdrop of the wooden shelf always made her stand out. Sitting […]

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Book Spotlight | A Fly Girl by Amanda Epe | Synopsis and Interview

It’s always nice to introduce you guys to new African writing, especially those published independently or by small presses. Here is A Fly Girl by Amanda Epe, a Nigerian writer based in the UK. In the novel, Ms. Epe documents a series of travel narratives inspired by her experience as a British Airways stewardess. How intriguing is that! […]

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African Writing on Solitude | Saraba’s Latest Issue is Available for Download

The weekend is almost here and we know you’re looking for something to read. Saraba Magazine has a new collection of prose and poetry worth checking out. It’s fresh of the press, so feel free to relish in the thought you that are one of the first set of readers. Download the collection HERE. It’s free! […]

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“He Would Tweet His Death” — On the Road to Fame by Williams Magunga | A Nairobi Story

Hip-hop dreams, a black velvet jacket and a matatu. Enjoy this urban portrait of a hustling, hungry artist set in Nairobi and told by Williams Magunga, a storyteller of the African city. He writes about Nairobi like no one I know. — Editor’s Note Sunday is the day God takes the roll call. On this day of the […]

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“A Gift for the Hellidays” by Yejide Kilanko | A Brittle Paper Christmas Story

What’s the weirdest conversation you’ve ever hard with a stranger in an elevator? Probably nothing as unsettling as Yvette’s encounter with a strange woman while on her way back from doing Christmas shopping. Standing in the hosiery aisle with Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer playing overhead, Yvette pushed aside straight brown hair and […]

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Book Review: Nothing Comes Close by Tolulope Popoola

Here is my review of the debut novel, Nothing Comes Close, of Nigerian author, Tolulope Popoola. The review was originally published on Bella Naija, a leading African lifestyle and fashion blog. Book Title: Nothing Comes Close Author: Tolu Popoola Publisher: Accomplish Press Year Of Publication: 2012 Pages: 193 But for $2.99 at amazon Reading Nothing Comes Close by Nigerian […]

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Photos & Scoop From The Official Book Launch of Eghosa Imasuen’s Novel, Fine Boys | See Chimamanda Adichie, Jude Dibia, Elnathan John, Tolu Ogunlesi and More

On the 2nd of August, the finest of Nigeria’s literati were hobnobbing at the Quintessence Bookstore in Falomo, Ikoyi. They were gathered for the official book launch of Eghosa Imasuen’s sophomore novel, Fine Boys. The book launch was hosted by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and featured the Caine Prize winning writer Binyavanga Wainaina who read from […]

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Book Review: A Lagos Romance

It’s near impossible to read a  novel in one sitting these days. Between twitter, Facebook, and real life, who has the time and focus it takes to do such a thing? But a few days ago, I read Chibundu Onuzo’s  The Spider King’s Daughter in one blow. Not an extraordinary feat, though, since Spider King’s Daughter is an irresistible […]

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The Guardian UK Criticized for Headline Calling Bernardine Evaristo’s Booker Prize-winning Novel Obscure

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Right after Bernardine Evaristo and Margaret Atwood were announced joint winners of the 2019 Booker Prize for Fiction, the UK’s […]

Bernardine Evaristo’s Joint Win of the Booker Prize, with Margaret Atwood, Makes Her the First Black Woman & Second Nigerian to Receive the Honour

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The Nigerian-British novelist Bernardine Evaristo has been awarded the 2019 Booker Prize for Fiction, for her novel Girl, Woman, Other, […]

The Queen of Dahomey: Episode Three | The Witches of Auchi Series | Anthony Azekwoh

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There was an old woman with a ragged scar on her cheek who lived alone on the outskirts of Dahomey. […]

Befeqadu Hailu, Ethiopian Writer-Activist & Co-founder of Zone 9 Blog, Named 2019 International Writer of Courage

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Befeqadu Hailu, the Ethiopian writer, activist, and co-founder of the Amharic-language human rights platform Zone 9 Blogging Collective, has been […]

Kalaf Epalanga, Angolan Author & Musician, Named Curator of the 2020 African Book Festival in Berlin

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The Angolan musician and author Kalaf Epalanga, who looks like the actor Mahershala Ali, has been announced as the curator […]

Addis Ababa Noir, Edited by Maaza Mengiste & Featuring Mahtem Shiferraw, Sulaiman Addonia, Linda Yohannes, Meron Hadero, Hannah Giorgis, Forthcoming in April 2020

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Each anthology in Akashic Books’ noir series is “set in a distinct neighborhood or location within the respective city” and […]

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