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The 2000s-10s Generation of Nigerian Writers Has Failed Politically | Michael Chiedoziem Chukwudera

1. At the Ake Arts and Books Festival in Lagos last October, the novelist Helon Habila said something about identifying as a “Nigerian writer.” “It is easier to identify as, say, an Igbo writer than a Nigerian writer,” he said. “This nation is a colonial construct; it was arbitrarily created; so, calling yourself a ‘Nigerian […]

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Los Angeles Review of Books Feature Explores How Queer Nigerian Writers Are Reclaiming the Male Body

Los Angeles Review of Books has published a feature exploring how queer Nigerian writers are portraying the male body. Entitled “Queer Nigerians Rewrite the Body,” and written by the American journalist and World Literature Today contributing editor Erik Gleibermann, the essay highlights the push-back from a new generation of self-conscious artists against stereotypical narratives that […]

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Chukwuemeka Ike, Nigerian Novelist, Professor, & Monarch, Passes on at 88

The Nigerian novelist Chukwuemeka Vincent Ike, who was also a monarch, has passed on at 88. He had endured health challenges, Punch reports, and was admitted to Nnamdi Azikiwe Teaching Hospital, Nnewi, where he died on Thursday, January 9. He had been, since 2008, the traditional ruler of Ndikelionwu town in Anambra State. Ike broke […]

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Nigerian Writer & Journalist Molara Wood Announced Chief Editor of Ouida Books & One Read Africa

The Nigerian writer, journalist, and editor Molara Wood has been announced as the new Chief Editor of the publishing press Ouida Books and its One Read initiative. Founded in 2016 by the novelist and Ake Festival director Lola Shoneyin, the Lagos-based Ouida Books has published books by Nnedi Okorafor, Ayobami Adebayo, Tomi Adeyemi, Chike Frankie […]

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SprinNG Launches Women Authors Prize in Nigeria, Investing N100,000 to Promote Winners’ Books

The Society for the Promotion, Revitalization, and Improvement of New Nigerian Generations (SprinNG), a literary organisation pledged to increase opportunities for writers, has launched the SprinNG Women Authors Prize, which “will select a Nigerian female author—someone who has published a full-length book in print—and invest N100,000 in purchasing, distributing, and marketing copies of their book […]

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

You will love reading The Son of the House, Cheluchi Onyemelukwe-Onuobia’s debut work of fiction. You put it down but it dares you to forget that it exists. You can’t. You always go back to it. The reader is haunted by its quiet dignity, the defiance of its story that insists on a narrative built […]

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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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Down River Road, a New Print & Online Magazine Exploring the Alternative in Literature, Music, & Visual Art, Calls for Submissions to Second Issue

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A new Nairobi-based print and online magazine, down river road, is exploring the margins, the shifting centers, and the new […]

Dr Stella Nyanzi Wins Appeal at Ugandan Court, Regains Freedom, But Is Possibly Re-arrested

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Dr Stella Nyanzi is free. The academic, feminist and queer rights advocate has been in prison for criticising Uganda’s long-serving […]

Apply for This Fully-funded Creative Writing Scholarship at the University of East Anglia, Sponsored by the Miles Morland Foundation

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The Miles Morland Foundation African Writers’ Scholarship is currently accepting accepting applications for its 2020 program. It is an initiative […]

Chinelo Okparanta Recalls Her First Teenage Crush

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“I was 16 years old, nearly 17, when a boy first expressed interest in me. Or, maybe it was that […]

Namwali Serpell, Maaza Mengiste & Marlon James Are Finalists for Los Angeles Times Book Prizes

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Finalists for the Los Angeles Times Book Prizes have been announced. The Ethiopian novelist Maaza Mengiste is nominated in the […]

Romeo Oriogun Shares Heartfelt, Powerful Personal Story as Anticipation Peaks for His Debut Poetry Collection, Sacrament of Bodies

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Romeo Oriogun’s debut poetry collection Sacrament of Bodies is still some 12 days away from its March 1 publication date […]

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