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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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20.35 Africa | Momtaza Mehri, Megan Ross, Nadra Mabrouk, Saddiq Dzukogi Featured in Forthcoming Issue II, Guest-Edited by Yasmin Belkhyr & Kayo Chingonyi

Earlier this year, we announced a call for submissions for Issue II of 20.35 Africa: An Anthology of Contemporary Poetry, […]

Esi Edugyan, Oyinkan Braithwaite, Uzodinma Iweala Among 2020 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award Longlist

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The longlist for the 2020 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award has just been announced and nine Africans are on it: […]

Chika Unigwe Speaks About Igbo Identity at Centre for Memories Monthly Distinguished Speaker Series

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Nigerian author and professor Chika Unigwe recently spoke at the Centre for Memories, Enugu Sports Club, Enugu State, Nigeria, as […]

Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi’s Second Novel Acquired by Booker Prize-Winning Publisher, Oneworld

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Oneworld has acquired the rights to Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi’s second novel. Titled The First Woman, the novel is the third […]

African Literati React to Oscars Disqualification of Nigeria’s First Ever Entry, Lionheart, with Conversation on Language, Colonial Legacy

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On November 5, 2019, African Twitter was abuzz with the news that Lionheart (2018), Nigeria’s first ever submission to the Academy […]

Opportunity for African Writers | Submit Your Work for the 2020 K & L Prize

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The 2020 K & L Prize is open for submissions. Currently in its second year, the $1000 NZ prize was […]

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