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#WhyI’mTalkingAboutRace | On African Writers, Empathy, Woke Identity Politics, and Skewed Priorities | Ikhide R. Ikheloa

The South African writer Panashe Chigumadzi published an essay in Africa Is a Country, “Why I’m No Longer Talking to Nigerians About Race: On Writers, Empathy and (Black) Solidarity Politics,” which demands an uncomfortable conversation on race, Black, and African solidarity politics. Our #WhyI’mTalkingAboutRace series features responses. The first is by the Nigerian social and […]

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Weeping | By A. E. Nelson | Fiction

“Neli and I opened another bottle of wine, and tried to make up a story for our new friends. Neli thought they were both divorced. I thought the man’s wife was dead.” I was in the checkout line at the pharmacy. There were two women in front of me. They were talking. The older woman […]

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Wole Soyinka on Race, Divisive Rhetoric, and the American Political Climate

Wole Soyinka was featured on The Atlantic recently. In an essay, titled “A Nigerian Nobel Winner Exits Trump’s America,” Uri Friedman reopened Soyinka’s decision to interrupt his current legal status in the United States. Soyinka who had been a legal resident since the ’90s decided to make his Green Card “inoperable,” by which he meant […]

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Black Seas and White Whales | by William Ifeanyi Moore | An African Story

  They say black is not a color; it is the absence of light. I ask… What is the color of stars, in the absence of night? As a child, often I would sit by my mother’s feet as she pounded yams, sweat dripping from her forehead, a smile parting lips. At this time my […]

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Tale of An African Booty Scratcher | By Emmanuel “Rambo” Afrifa | An African Story

*I scratch behind my leg* My name is Moses Manu, and I’ve been called an “African Booty Scratcher” since I was in 2nd grade. I never knew what an African Booty Scratcher meant or where it came from. I always assumed it was an ignorant term confused, uninformed, and/or self-hating black kids and Latino children […]

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Why I Check Other | Victoria Songonuga | African Poetry

“Again I say this, I found out I was black at the tender age of 10. I rejected the label at first Not because I didn’t like or want to feel one with the “black or African Americans”, but because I was never taught to identify myself with a color. At that age, I was […]

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What’s Weird about Teju Cole Claiming A Shakespearean Heritage?

Teju Cole’s recent New Yorker essay is a timely and engaging piece. Not surprising. On Facebook today he writes, “I gave this piece my all.” The essay is about blackness and estrangement. Responding to one of James Baldwin’s travel essays, Cole thinks about the meaning of being black and feeling like a stranger in an all-white Swiss […]

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Repost: Adichie Saving Black Women Fom White Women’s hair

About two months go, Chimamanda Adichie said to Claire Cohen of The Telegraph: “I have so many revolutions I want to launch.” Should we be worried that the queen of contemporary African fiction is heading for the hills with armed militia to launch guerilla attacks on the establishment? My guess is that there is no […]

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Our founder and editor-in-chief Ainehi Edoro was recently featured on Left of Black, a weekly webcast hosted by Duke University […]

Interview | Feminist Library in Abidjan Challenges the Erasure of Women from Africa’s Political History

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Last week, we shared the news of an Abidjan-based library focused on women’s writings from the continent and the Diaspora. […]

Warscapes Magazine Seeks Video Entries: Open Call: The Corona Notebooks

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Bhakti Shringarpure, Editor-in-Chief of Warscapes magazine and author of Cold War Assemblages: Decolonization to Digital, has issued a call for […]

PHOTOS | The Second Asmara Addis Literary Festival in Exile

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The second year of the Asmara Addis Literary Festival in Exile was held from February 27 to February 28, 2020, […]

Is It Still Beautiful? Motherhood and Mental Health During a Pandemic | Ukamaka Olisakwe | Nonfiction

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The only photographs I have on my LG mobile phone are my children’s. They are 17, 15, and 13, and […]

Six Poets Shortlisted for the 2020 Brunel International African Poetry Prize

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Six poets have been shortlisted for the 2020 Brunel International African Poetry Prize. Among the list, which is dominated by […]

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