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NLNG Prize-shortlisted Playwright Jude Idada Accuses Nollywood Actress Omoni Oboli of Stealing His Script

The ANA Prize-winning playwright Jude Idada, whose Oduduwa, King of the Edos was shortlisted for the 2014 NLNG Nigeria Prize for Literature, has accused Nollywood star actress Omoni Oboli of stealing his script for use in her new film, Okafor’s Law. The accusation, which first surfaced in September of 2016, gained traction this year and […]

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Wana Udobang Explores Grief in the New Episode of Room 313

Wana Udobang is back in the director’s seat! Last week, she posted the third episode of Room 313, a series of short films experimenting with psychotherapy as a form of storytelling. Each episode features a troubled character. The setting is a therapist’s office doubling as a confessional where, in the span of about 6 minutes, […]

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Dear Ms. Paper: Save Me From This Boring African Novel

Dear Ms. Paper: Roughly two months ago, I decided to expand my cultural horizon. I curbed my obsession with Nollywood movies and thought I’d try reading African novels instead. A bookworm friend gave me a list of 6 novels. They all sounded the same to me, meaning boring and tiresome, so I decided to pick the […]

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The Stats are In! How is Half of a Yellow Sun Doing in Nigerian Cinemas?

After months of censorship negotiations with the Nigerian Video and Censors Board, Half of a Yellow Sun (HOAYS) was released in Nigeria on August 1st. HOAYS is a film adaptation of Chimamanda Adichie’s 2007 novel, a 1960s period piece chronicling the carnage of the Nigerian civil war. The story blends the romantic entanglements of two […]

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Biyi Bandele’s Interpretation of HOAYS is a Triumph | By Chibundu Onuzo | Film Review

Nigerian novelist, Chibundu Onuzo, saw Half of a Yellow Sun not once, but twice. Here is what she has to say about it.    I went to two screenings of Biyi Bandele’s adaptation of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s famous novel, ‘Half of a Yellow Sun.’ The first was in an obscure Vue theatre, with a largely […]

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Transforming Nollywood, One Script Writer at a Time—Afrinolly’s Cinema4Change

By Pearl Osibu   I’m Pearl Osibu — Literary writer, blogger, fashion designer. Notice, not a screenwriter. Or shall we say I wasn’t a screenwriter? I, now most definitely, am, and that’s the tale. The rest is detail. Afrinolly partnered with Ford foundation and gathered together a potpourri of writers of different genres— the screenwriters, […]

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Mad Men Of Nollywood —1960s Fashion In Half Of A Yellow Sun Film

By Onyinye Ofoegbu Half of a Yellow Sun film boasts a 1960s wardrobe that calls to mind recent screen productions like Mad Men. It’s universally known that whether in a film or a novel, so much of storytelling takes place on the bodies of characters. That’s why the costume designer is as much a storyteller […]

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African Writer’s, Inc — The Dirty Question Of Making Money From Novels

Corporate endorsement, a literary celebrity lifestyle, and the emphasis on novels with high entertainment value could save the literary and publishing industry in Africa from being cash-strapped and stunted. Thanks to Moet and Chandon, Lagos litteratti could come together in a classy event last year in honor of the late Chinua Achebe while sipping on […]

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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 […]

Read the First Excerpt from Petina Gappah’s New Novel, Out of Darkness, Shining Light

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Petina Gappah‘s new novel Out of Darkness, Shining Light was released on 10 September by Simon & Schuster imprint Scribner. […]

We Need To Talk | Muriel Adhiambo | Fiction

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IT WAS A warm, humid night in the lakeside city of Kisumu. Under a starless sky, the women, seated on […]

For World Diabetes Day, Miss BloodSugar Calls for Entries to Competition & Anthology Sponsored by Bella Naija

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Press release: What’s your diabetes story? Are you diabetic? Have you been impacted by the experiences of a family/friend/patient with […]

The Hour of Judgment | Edith Knight Magak | Fiction

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THE HOUR OF judgment has come upon me, and my hope for redemption is pegged on a needle, sorcery, and […]

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