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Book Review | Cheluchi Onyemelukwe-Onuobia’s The Son of the House | Ikhide Ikheloa

Triumphant Tales of Many Daughters in Houses of Hurt The smell of last night’s ora soup had clung to the walls and now climbed into my nose.” Cheluchi Onyemelukwe-Onuobia, The Son of the House (p165) You will love reading The Son of the House, Cheluchi Onyemelukwe-Onuobia’s debut work of fiction. You put it down but […]

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The Question Marker’s Issue 9 Focuses on Suicide Awareness

The Nigerian literary and journalism magazine The Question Marker has released its Issue 9, inspired by the Suicide Awareness month of September. Co-founded by Solomon Elusoji and Ikechukwu Onyewuchi in order to “tell Nigeria’s most important stories,” and debuting in January of this year, the magazine’s “work is built upon a relentless curiosity about the […]

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REPORT | Inside Nigerian Literature’s Sponsorship Problem and the Worsening Struggle Between Prizes and Defaulting Funders

AT THE START OF THE 2010s, a community of Nigerian poets had formed on Facebook, sharing links to poems, offering free critiques. Young and promising, they were in search of opportunities. In 2015, one of them, Samson Iruesiri Kukogho, registered Words, Rhymes & Rhythm, a publishing company operating from Ibadan, Lagos, and Abuja, meant to […]

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The Fundamentals of Editing Fiction and Non-Fiction: Apply to SBMEN’s Workshop in Lagos | 21-22 September

The Society for Book and Magazine Editors of Nigeria (SBMEN) is calling for applications to its third editing workshop of 2019, to be held in Lagos. Themed “The Fundamentals of Editing Fiction and Non-Fiction,” and planned for 21-22 September, facilitators include BMS Editorial Services founder Adebukola Bassey, Quramo Publishing senior editor Tahirah Sagaya, Narrative Landscape […]

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Arinze Ifeakandu on Writing Real Characters & Inter-ethnic Gay Relationships, as New Fiction Appears in One Story Magazine

Arinze Ifeakandu has a new short story in One Story magazine’s issue 256. “The Dreamer’s Litany” explores a volatile relationship between a Hausa man and an Igbo man in a Northern Nigerian city. Ifeakandu, whose first published story, “God’s Children Are Little Broken Things,” won him a 2015 Emerging Writer Fellowship from A Public Space […]

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Namwali Serpell & Tope Folarin Longlisted for Center for Fiction First Novel Prize

Namwali Serpell’s The Old Drift and Tope Folarin’s A Particular Kind of Black Man have been longlisted for the 2019 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, “awarded to the best debut novel of the year.” Both writers won the Caine Prize, in 2015 and 2013, respectively. Serpell’s novel has been a massive hit with critics, with […]

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Trauma and a Victim Complex in Nigerian Writing | Oris Aigbokhaevbolo

I A little over a year ago, I put words to a thought I had after reading a clutch of essays online. All of these essays were written by Nigerians, all of whom were published by the American literary magazine Catapult. Permit me to quote those words: The other day someone said Oris is “the one […]

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In Her Debut Memoir, Bassey Ikpi Deepens Our Understanding of Mental Health by Sharing Her Own Journey

In 2004, while on tour with Def Poetry Jam, the Nigerian poet and spoken word artist Bassey Ikpi was diagnosed with Bipolar II Disorder. By 2011, she had taken on advocacy, writing and speaking about mental health, and then founded The Siwe Project, a nonprofit encouraging people to seek help, inspired by the death by […]

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Laila Lalami’s The Other Americans Longlisted for the 2020 Aspen Words Literary Prize

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Moroccan-American novelist Laila Lalami’s The Other Americans has recently been longlisted for the 2020 Aspen Words Literary Prize. Described on the Aspen Prize’s […]

Apply for SBMEN’s Workshop “Literary Criticism: Judging Dynamic Creative Writing in All Forms”| 23 November

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The Society for Book and Magazine Editors of Nigeria (SBMEN) is calling for applications to its fourth (and last) editing […]

They Say There are Over 50 Translations of Things Fall Apart. Here are 61.

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How many times have you heard or read that Things Fall Apart has been translated into over 50 languages? And yet, […]

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 […]

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