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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Purple Hibiscus Turns 15: The Best Moments of a Modern Classic

“It wasn’t the first novel I wrote,” Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie told the audience at the University of Nairobi, during her lecture in honour of Kwani? Magazine’s 10th anniversary, and then she joked: “I wrote other bad novels which I hope nobody ever sees. But Purple Hibiscus was the first one that I loved.” When she […]

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For Just N7,000, Sunshine Bookseller Will Sell You All Six Books by Chimamanda Adichie

For just N7,000, Nigeria’s Sunshine Bookseller is ready to sell you a collection of all six books by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. That would mean her three novels, Purple Hibiscus (2003), Half of a Yellow Sun (2006) and Americanah (2013); her short story collection, The Thing Around Your Neck (2009); and her two essay books, We […]

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Chimamanda Adichie’s Purple Hibiscus Wins the 2017 “One Maryland, One Book” Initiative

Chimamanda Adichie’s first novel Purple Hibiscus (2003) has won the 2017 “One Maryland, One Book” initiative. This is Adichie’s second win in a US statewide reading program, coming weeks after her third novel Americanah won the “One Book, One New York” initiative. The “One Maryland, One Book” initiative, organised for the State of Maryland in the […]

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#TBT to Chimamanda Adichie’s First Ever Book Event in Lagos

The last two decades of African writing have been exciting. So much of the little moments that led to the success of African literature in today’s very competitive literary scene still need to be told. That’s why we really appreciate Cassava Republic taking us way back—13 years ago—to Adichie’s first ever book event in Lagos. […]

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My African Book Diary | Valentine’s Day Flowers Inspired By African Novels

This past weekend was spent getting my hair done. Right now, I have on some jumbo Senegalese twists. I’m loving my hair and feeling very ready for Valentine’s Day. Speaking of Val Day, I’ve been thinking about love tokens inspired by African literature 🙂 What came to mind was a bouquet of flowers consisting of flowers featured in […]

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Price Alert! Buy African Novels At Scandalously Low Price — Adichie, Beukes, Okorafor, and More

Being on a budget is no excuse for not satisfying your cravings for African novels. I took a quick look through amazon and found these great titles for cheap. Some are as low as $1.99. There’re kindle editions though. Look through. See what you like, download, and start reading. If you don’t have Kindle, it’s […]

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The Heart of It: Working Through Xenophobia in South Africa | Ruksana Elk

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READ: 15 Pieces to Guide Your Understanding of Xenophobia in (South) Africa Talking xenophobia with South Africans of all classes […]

The Brittle Paper Interview with the Caine Prize 2019 Winner: Lesley Nneka Arimah

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In July, Lesley Nneka Arimah received the 2019 Caine Prize, the award’s twentieth edition, for her short story “Skinned,” published […]

Hollywood or Nollywood? As Americanah TV Series Goes to HBO, Actress Stella Damasus Suggests Industry Slight & Chika Unigwe Responds

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The Americanah TV series adaptation, starring Lupita Nyong’o and written by Danai Gurira, has been ordered by HBO Max. The […]

15 Pieces to Guide Your Understanding of Xenophobia in (South) Africa

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Once again, this September, xenophobic violence was unleashed on other Africans, mostly Nigerians, in South Africa: businesses were closed, shops […]

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 […]

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