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

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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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Helon Habila’s Fourth Novel, Travellers, Is a Roaming Exploration of the Lives of African Immigrants in Three European Countries

Helon Habila’s fifth book and fourth novel will arrive in June 2019, from Penguin Random House imprint Hamish Hamilton. Titled Travellers, the 320-page book follows the novels Waiting for an Angel (2002), Measuring Time (2007) and Oil on Water (2011), and the nonfiction book The Chibok Girls (2016). His first book to be set outside […]

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How to Be a Nigerian Writer: Excerpt from Elnathan John’s Be(com)ing Nigerian: A Guide 

On February 6, Cassava Republic Press published Elnathan John’s Be(com)ing Nigerian: A Guide in Nigeria. Portraying “the different Nigerians you are likely to meet at home and abroad, on your way to heaven or to hell,” Be(com)ing Nigerian: A Guide “moves between the sublime and the ridiculous, and deftly captures both the hilarity and the horror of Nigeria,” offering a sharply […]

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A Dead Deer from the Past | Romeo Oriogun | Memoir

WHEN HE PASSED BY ME FOR the first time, I was on my second glass of Venus Portion, a cocktail made out of ginger beer, vodka, cherries, and something else. I swear I wasn’t drunk, I swear he looked at me or maybe inside my head I made him look at me with his brown eyes. […]

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The Heart of It: Working Through Xenophobia in South Africa | Ruksana Elk

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READ: 15 Pieces to Guide Your Understanding of Xenophobia in (South) Africa Talking xenophobia with South Africans of all classes […]

The Brittle Paper Interview with the Caine Prize 2019 Winner: Lesley Nneka Arimah

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In July, Lesley Nneka Arimah received the 2019 Caine Prize, the award’s twentieth edition, for her short story “Skinned,” published […]

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 […]

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