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What Were Your Favorite African Writers up to in September?

  1. Month of Sorrow September left us all sad and bereaved. Kofi Awoonor died in the Nairobi Mall Shooting. Awoonor was in Nairobi for the Storymoja Hay Festival. He popped by the mall to do a bit of shopping with his son and was gunned down. I feel like a bit of my literary […]

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Tribute to A Beloved Poet — Photos Of Billy Kahora, Paula Kahumbu, and Teju Cole at The Nairobi Memorial For Kofi Awoonor

The tribute last night at the museum was moving, so in keeping with the depth, height, breadth and weight of the late professor’s writing. The siege at Westgate was still ongoing and a climate of fear permeates the air, but about 150 people showed up. Love and respect were palpable in the room. Two of […]

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“We Could Account For All Our Authors But Kofi”—Storymoja Festival Speaks on the Nairobi Mall Shooting and Awoonor’s Death

We’ve been in mourning these past few days with the loss of renowned Ghanaian poet, Kofi Awoonor. Awoonor was in Nairobi for the Storymoja Hay Festival when he fell victim to terrorist shootings in an upscale mall in Nairobi. Paula Kahumbu, the director of the literary event, writes about hanging out with Awoonor the previous […]

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Kwame Dawes’s “Yard Boy”: A Powerful Poem for Our Moment

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Kwame Dawes recently wrote a poem titled “Yard Boy” that speaks to the recent events surrounding the death of George […]

Teju Cole’s Spotify Playlists Offer Musical Solace for These Times

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Among Teju Cole’s many talents is his ability to curate music that captures a mood or even the feel of […]

Petina Gappah to Write Play About the Censorship History of Dambudzo Marechera’s Novel Black Sunlight

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Petina Gappah recently announced that she was writing a play that focuses on “the 1982 banning and unbanning” of Dambudzo […]

Oh, Blessed Bri’Land | Jedah Mayberry | Fiction

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Bri’Land glistened at me, her brilliant display of pink sand shimmering in delight.  It would seem that I had finally, […]

Books That Go with Wine and Books That Don’t

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The beverages most associated with reading are tea and coffee. But many readers love to cozy up in bed with […]

In This House | Inok Rosemary | Poetry

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  In this house, we sift our words, Never letting the walls hear what they shouldn’t. The fear of their […]

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