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Ah! The White Race Has Lost a Good Writer | 32 Years Later, Wole Soyinka Finally Reacts to V.S. Naipaul

Following V.S. Naipaul’s passing two weeks ago, we ran a collection of the things that some of Africa’s leading thinkers—Chinua Achebe, Wole Soyinka, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Aminatta Forna, Binyavanga Wainaina, Teju Cole, and Namwali Serpell—said about the man. In 1986, after Wole Soyinka was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, VS Naipaul remarked: “Has he […]

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Why It’s Okay to Be Sad That Ngugi Didn’t Win the 2017 Nobel Prize

Kazuo Ishiguro wins the 2017 Nobel Prize for Literature. I have since read all the think-pieces and seen all the videos. He is such an adorable man. All the stuff he said about thinking it was a hoax until his publisher called him and the BBC called him. How charming. I like Ighiguro a whole […]

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How Reading Kazuo Ishiguro Can Make You a Better Writer | by Deji Olukotun

Author Kazuo Ishiguro’s novels have explored everything from post-war Japan (An Artist of the Floating World), to landed gentry (Remains of the Day), to a dystopian near-future (Never Let Me Go). The sheer beauty of these works has led to their adaptation to film, and inspired entire franchises such as Downton Abbey. Ishiguro is that rare […]

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Ngugi wa Thiongo Says Nobel Prize “Would Be Validating But Not Essential”

Each year, Ngugi wa Thiongo’s readers and fans await the announcement of the Nobel Prize for Literature with bated breath— hoping that their beloved literary icon would snag the coveted award. Even though each passing year indicates that the Nobel Prize committee is moving further and further away from big-name literary figures, his fans remain […]

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Imperialism-in-Artistry: Bob Dylan’s Nobel Win Is Proof Adichie Is Right about Beyonce | by Otosirieze Obi-Young

IN A RECENT INTERVIEW with the Dutch newspaper de Volkskrant, ahead of the Dutch translation of her We Should All Be Feminists chapbook, Chimamanda Adichie disclosed, in news that is now viral, that she would never perform expectations of gratefulness to Beyonce for sampling her work. Roughly a week after this news surfaced, on 13 October, […]

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Chika Unigwe Calls Out Seun Kuti for Ignorant Comments on African Women and Feminism

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The long struggle of Nigerian entertainers with gender expectations, and in particular what feminism actually is, is well documented. From […]

Cassava Republic Shortlisted for Small Press of the Year at the British Book Awards

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UK-based Nigerian publishing company Cassava Republic has been shortlisted for the British Book Awards’ inaugural Small Press of the Year […]

Someone Has to Tell These Stories | Interview with Poet Chibụìhè Achịmbá

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Chibụìhè Achịmbà is a queer poet, essayist and photographer from Nigeria. He is a 2018 Fellow of Ebedi International Writers […]

Chigozie Obioma Treats Madison to An Orchestra

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As part of the Wisconsin Book Festival, Chigozie Obioma was in Madison, Wisconsin, on February 6, 2019 to discuss his […]

What Really Is Political Correctness? The LGBTQI+ Struggle, Western Reactionaries, and the Sociohistorical Context Encouraging a Literary Magazine to Provoke | Kamau Muiga

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1. Every year thousands of students would pour into Nakuru Town’s Christ the King auditorium in all their cultural beauty […]

Sarah Waiswa’s Twitter Thread on African Women Photographers Is a Visual Fest

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Recently on Twitter, the Ugandan-born Kenya-based photographer Sarah Waiswa gave us a curation of stunning photos by African female photographers. […]

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