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From Fiction Writer to Nigeria’s Social Media Czar | Congrats to Tolu Ogunlesi!

The Nigerian president recently appointed Tolu Ogunlesi as his special assistant on digital/new media. In the midst of the excitement around Ogunlesi’s appointment, everyone seems to have forgotten that Ogunlesi is a fiction writer and a poet. He has come to be known for his journalism, but Ogunlesi published a collection of poetry titled Listen to the Geckos […]

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Flora Nwapa and the Letter That Changed Nigerian Literature Forever

In the early 1960s, Flora Nwapa sent Chinua Achebe a mail containing a manuscript. She probably didn’t imagine that much would come out of it. Unlike most writers of her time, becoming a writer did not start out as a life’s goal. “There was nothing in me when I was in school that made me feel […]

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The Bridge | by Aideyan Daniel | A Lagos Story

  5:05 Hrs Osagie pinned the top-most button of his jacket, whistling to himself in his one-bedroom apartment in Ogba, Lagos, Nigeria. Moving to the apartment was a major upgrade to the one room he had—up until a month ago—at a face-me-I-face–you in Mushin. He picked up his helmet from the table. An essential part of his […]

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Teju Cole Theorizes Instagram, Says It’s Both Ridiculous and Fun

Instagram-hating is currently at fever pitch. From Grace Covington of American Vogue calling it “pathetic” to Kate Winslet revealing that it is banned in her household, there is a growing sense that Instagram is something bad. It enables self-deception. It allows us to live fake lives.  From “creative crops” to fancy filters, Instagram gives us […]

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Lunch | by Osemegbe Aito | An African Story

I stick my fork into my husband’s body and bring the meat into my mouth. I chew. The women boo on and continue to smack my clean-shaven head. I still hear Nkechi’s voice. She strongly believes I killed my husband. She had joined them to cook his heart and liver. Now, I’ve been forced to […]

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Interview | Emmanuel Iduma on Saraba’s Newly Launched Manuscript Award

In August, we brought you news about the Saraba Manuscript Award—an exciting publishing opportunity open to Nigerian writers.  [click here if you missed it] In order to “promote writers at the earliest stages of their career,” Saraba Magazine is offering 500 dollars, plus a publishing deal for fiction and non-fiction works. Application is currently open until […]

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Nigerian Writer Toni Kan Unveiled as Brand Ambassador for Samsung Galaxy

Something quite unprecedented took place in the Nigerian literary scene this week.  Nigerian writer Toni Kan was made a brand ambassador for the Samsung Galaxy Note 5. Kan announced it on Facebook two days ago, saying: It is a fabulous time to be a Nigerian writer. I have just been formally announced as brand endorser for […]

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Publishing Opportunity for Nigerian Writers | Saraba Manuscript Project | Entries Now Open

Aspiring writers with completed fiction or non-fiction manuscripts, listen up. The brilliant folks at Saraba Magazine just launched a literary initiative called The Saraba Manuscript Project. Writers are invited to send in completed manuscripts with a chance to win N100,000 ($500) and a publishing deal. The contest is open to Nigerians only. Entries will stay open […]

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Black: The Literary Salon | Cassava Republic’s New Event Series to Celebrate Black Writing | 27 February

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Cassava Republic Press, in partnership with A + F Creative, will be launching a series of events to celebrate black […]

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Hosted Lupita Nyong’o in Lagos: How It Happened + Photos & Video

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Photos credited to CNA’s Team. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie hosted Lupita Nyong’o in a private dinner in Lagos, attended by notable […]

Ukamaka Olisakwe’s Forthcoming Novel, Ogadinma, Is a Feminist Story Set in ’80s Nigeria

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The Nigerian writer Ukamaka Olisakwe is set to release a new novel. Titled Ogadinma, or Everything Will Be All Right, […]

Resoketswe Manenzhe Wins 2020 Dinaane Debut Fiction Award for Her Novel, Scatterlings

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The 2020 Dinaane Debut Fiction Award has been awarded to the South African writer Resoketswe Manenzhe for her novel Scatterlings. […]

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 […]

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