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Lover−Philosopher, Playboy−Trumpeter | Review of Dami Ajayi’s “Clinical Blues” | Kelvin Kellman

It is not quaint, or a tongue-in-cheek affair when Ayodele Arigbabu, in his praise for Clinical Blues, said that we should “beware of medical doctors who moonlight as poet”—it does seem like a terrible mix! One doesn’t expect someone in the medical profession to venture into poetry and act the orthodox. There is always something additional […]

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Nigerian Poet Titilope Sonuga Ties The Knot In Fairytale Santorini Wedding

Congratulations to Nigerian spoken word poet and actress Titilope Sonuga, who got married two weeks ago in Santorini Greece. The glowing bride looked stunning on her wedding day in a floor-length peach gown from the 2015 Ti Adora spring collection. She shared the moment with her husband, brand executive Seun Williams, who looked dapper in […]

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Two Nigerians Win the Brunel University African Poetry Prize

The 2016 edition of the Brunel University African Poetry Prize was jointly won by two Nigerian poets. Chekwube O. Danladi has been praised for the “sense of social justice” that permeates her work. She was born and raised in Lagos. After spending some time in Washington, DC and in Baltimore, she now studies creative writing […]

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Pleasantly Playful Prittle-Prattle Pickled | Review of Yemi Adesanya’s Poetry Collection | by Chris Ogunlowo

I labored on the choice of a title for this piece. If the obvious alliteration of Pleasantly Playful Pickled Prittle-Prattle Poems is not compelling enough to readers or does not earn an editor’s approval, I would console myself that it passes the test of being a good reference in a literature class on figures-of-speech. The […]

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Dark, Twisted, Amusing | Review of Dami Ajayi’s “Clinical Blues” | Socrates Mbamalu

The recent shortlist of Clinical Blues in the ANA Poetry category confirms Dami Ajayi as a leading poet. The collection is divided into three parts around which is assembled images of the barroom, the hospital, and everything in between. Clinical blues is an ingenious attempt to convert medical tools and barroom tales into poetic statements that hit […]

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On Becoming a Poet | Interview with Titilope Sonuga | by Kọ́lá Túbọ̀sún

Titilope is a remarkable discovery. Raised in Nigeria and Canada, she has returned to become one of the fresh emerging voices in the Nigerian spoken word (and poetic) space. In April 2015, she became the first inaugural poet at the swearing in ceremony of the incoming president Buhari.  Since then, she has gone on to […]

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Titilope Sonuga Thrills Lagos Fans to a Night of Poetry and Music

We are feeling so inspired by Titilope Sonuga. She truly brings the classy back to poetry. On the 6th of November, she headlined a night of poetry and music hosted at Muson Center’s Agip recital hall. Titled “Becoming,” the show featured a series of poetry stringed together by musical performances. Bellanaija reports that “it was […]

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Even | By Kayode Olla & Carolyn Banks | A Collaborative Poem

I wish we could go to the beach and watch the sun turn bleach orange, but I hear you hate orange. If you hate orange, would you also hate my ranch? I wish we’d love the hum’n color of dark or yellow — like peach, like oranges like bare twinberries round and succ’lent … and […]

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South African Writers Call Out African Flavour Books for Non-payment and Non-communication, Petition Sunday Times to Drop Founder Fortiscue Helepi as Alan Paton Award Judge

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In October 2018, African Flavour Books, the popular South African bookstore founded in 2015 by Fortiscue Helepi, which stocked only […]

Win Copies of Marlon James’ Black Leopard, Red Wolf in Narrative Landscape Press’ Ongoing Competition

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Narrative Landscape Press, the Nigerian publishers of Marlon James’ Black Leopard, Red Wolf, recently announced a competition which will see successful […]

Rania Mamoun’s Short Story Collection, Thirteen Months of Sunrise, Forthcoming from Comma Press, Is a Complex, Moving Illumination of Contemporary Sudan

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Manchester-based independent publisher Comma Press will be releasing the Sudanese writer Rania Mamoun’s short story collection Thirteen Months of Sunrise. […]

2031 | Y’I Oche | Fiction

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  “It’s becoming too dangerous,” Laila said with a pardonable expression of fear. For a minute she sat stone silent, […]

Enter for the 2019 AFREADA x Africa Writes Competition, with a Writing Prompt from Chigozie Obioma’s An Orchestra of Minorities

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With the 2019 Africa Writes Festival coming in July, AFREADA magazine has announced its third annual contest in partnership with […]

Nozizwe Cynthia Jele, Nthikeng Mohlele, Imraan Coovadia Lead Diverse Longlist for Sunday Times’ Barry Ronge Fiction Prize

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Sunday Times newspaper has announced the longlists for the Alan Paton Award and the Barry Ronge Fiction Prize. Founded in […]

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