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Midas & The Prodigal Daughter | Isabelle Baafi | Two Poems

Midas the legend was not always true there was a time when empires were built on dreams and prophesies and palaces held together   with no more than spit and mud and wealth no hand had touched sprang from the earth   and so it was with ours although the whispers in our trees told […]

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Ark | Onyekwelu Chiwenite Kingsley | Poetry

I write tributes on my palms, plait my body into grief. Each day we live is a parting tribute to Earth. Flowers nailed to a cross. Wall portraits displaying dreams and memories. My body grows on the edge. I burn incense to mourn the sea. There is something that keeps bringing the living to the […]

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Escaping Fire | Obii Ifejika | Poetry

The stairs sit between eight rooms, with the echo of your heartbeat rolling off the walls. You will no longer slide down the rails to the cheer of friends. It will one day be clear: this brick and mortar wasn’t built to hold your dreams, only to let you have them. Daddy will need your […]

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Come Home with Me | Obasa Funmilayo | Poetry

i This is a tribute to the dreams we failed to keep between our breasts, for the fantasies we painted in white dresses only, for the waters we saw as hopeless fate.   ii My history books sing the essence of a sisterhood— iconic elements, peculiar picayunes in a game of chance. The bodies of […]

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After One Comes Ten | Golden Anurika Ahuachaogu | Poetry

Somewhere in the north, above red earth and foils of prayers, the smell of wet henna fights to outlive the aroma of tuwo. A bride is soaked in coconut oil and pampered with ori. Her eyes, the vision of a dancer. She remembers yesterday: covered in clay and youngness, how she ran in the rain, […]

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#LIPFest2019 | Register for Workshops with Bernardine Evaristo, Kaveh Akbar, Itiola Jones, & Logan February

Registration is currently open for workshops with Bernadine Evaristo, Kaveh Akbar, Itiola Jones, and Logan February at the fifth Lagos International Poetry Festival, #LIPFest19. All workshops are limited to 25 participants. Here are the details of each workshop: “Poetry Workshop with Itiola Jones” Itiola Jones (I.S. Jones) is a queer American/Nigerian poet and music journalist. […]

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#LIPFest2019: Guests & Festival Program

From 30 October to 3 November 2019, Lagos will play host to a wide array of poets, performers, and industry-related professionals at the fifth Lagos International Poetry Festival, #LIPFest2019. Themed “A Wild Beautiful Thing,” the festival will include performances, panels, book launches, readings, exhibitions, film screenings, and workshops. Among the star-studded guests for #LIPFest2019 are: […]

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Haute Couture | Aaishah Mayet | Poetry

There’s a piece that defies this collection: grotesque as an accessory, ill-fitting in form, gaping, lack-lustre, scratchy, suffocating. . .   How does one coordinate Vulnerability in an ensemble, when it stumbles on a catwalk lacking all finesse?   Masquerade, maybe? Dramatically sullen colour palettes? Billowing fabrics? To soften where it jars.   Such armour […]

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Namwali Serpell Wins the 2020 Anisfield-Wolf Award for The Old Drift

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Namwali Serpell’s The Old Drift have been awarded the 2020 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, one of US’ top awards that seek […]

Nnamdi Ehirim’s Debut Novel, Prince of Monkeys, Is a Powerful Portrait of Friendship, Religion, & Politics in ’80s-90s Nigeria

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The Nigerian novelist Nnamdi Ehirim’s debut, Prince of Monkeys, was published by Counterpoint Press exactly a year ago, on 2 […]

Nadifa Mohamed’s Third Novel, The Fortune Men, Based on the True Story of Mahmood Mattan’s Wrongful Execution in Wales, Set for 2021 Release

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The publishing press Viking has acquired the Somali writer Nadifa Mohamed’s third novel, The Fortune Men, set in 1950s Cardiff […]

Goretti Kyomuhendo Appointed to Commonwealth Foundation’s Advisory Governorship for Africa Region

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The Ugandan writer Goretti Kyomuhendo, Director of African Writers Trust (AWT), has been appointed Civil Society Advisory Governor by Commonwealth […]

Bernardine Evaristo’s Latest Short Story, Her 12th Published, Is a Juicy Satire on Gender, Race, & Academia

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She might have eight books published, seven of which are novels, but Bernardine Evaristo is not so much of a […]

University of East Anglia Marks 50th Anniversary of Creative Writing with Project Exploring Interface of Literature and Technology

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PRESS RELEASE University of East Anglia Launches Landmark 50th Anniversary Project – Storytelling in a Digital Age The University of […]

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