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Review | Ebenezer Obadare Takes On Jiving Pastors and Thieving Politicians in Pentecostal Republic | Ikhide Ikheloa

Often when one thinks of African writing, it is often about fiction. African fiction is widely celebrated globally, with the traffic enabled by highly publicized Western prizes, forums, workshops, residencies, etc. One can then be forgiven for thinking that all Africans write is fiction and the occasional poem. The truth is that there is an […]

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Demons in the Villa | Excerpt from Ebenezer Obadare’s Pentecostal Republic

Pentecostal Republic takes a hard look at the influence of pentecostalism in Nigerian politics. Prof. Obadare is a sociologist, who studies civil society in Africa. In this exhilarating book, he credits the challenges of Nigerian politics and state practices to the ways in which Pentecostalism frames the action and vision of political leaders and intellectuals. […]

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Holy Sex is Obinna Udenwe’s New Novella About the Nigerian Church as an Erotic Space

We are delighted to bring you a new and exciting work of fiction: Holy Sex: A Nigerian Church Erotica by Obinna Udenwe. Holy Sex is Brittle Paper’s first foray into the world of book publishing—well, e-book, at least for now. Holy Sex is a dark and humorous tale that breaks the silence around the Nigerian church as […]

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Mama Junior | by Uzoamaka Doris Aniunoh | African Fiction

“‘You see this front seat?’ she asked, pointing at the car. ‘That front seat belongs to my first son Junior. And if Junior is not there, it belongs to Chuka.”   Mama Junior worshipped God in truth and in spirit. She wasn’t always that devoted to the Christian God until she left her husband’s home […]

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Opportunity for African Writers | Transition Magazine Invites Submissions about Religion

Here is a call for submission we thought some of you might want to check out. Transition is a decades-old magazine dedicated to Africa-related content and housed at Harvard University. They are looking for essays, fiction, interviews, or visual art exploring the idea of religion. See below for all the details on how to submit […]

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In Search of Cleansing | by Zoë Gadegbeku | African Poetry

The man led me to the water to pray, but when I got there I saw; Lava melting flesh off bone, Skeletons dissolving in acid, skulls with frozen screams making useless pleas to the sky, Toxic sludge turning the grass an unholy amber color. I knelt by the water to pray, but before my eyes […]

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The Abyssinian God | by Yiro Abari High | An African Poem

Across the Atlantic They are not agnostic With three hundred and sixty five stones They watch the cycle. With the last pebble gone They blow their horn. They look into the sky For a God who’s most high. They ask earnestly for a favor For God to consecrate their labor As the green season come […]

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I Saw You Last Sunday

I saw you last Sunday, Shoulders propped against An airless window, Buttocks smashed atop A wobbly bench, Hands damp and renegade, Clutching onto a bible— The bible that always had that Uncanny air of aloofness— You appeared absorbed in The theatre of redemption Playing on the preacher’s Reddish tongue—the preacher You could not have seen […]

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Stimmen Afrikas Festival in Germany Set for 10th Anniversary in November, with Bibi Bakare-Yusuf as 2019 Curator

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The Stimmen Afrikas Festival in Germany—Voices of Africa in English—will be turning ten in November 2019. The festival, which aims […]

Safia Elhillo’s Debut YA Novel Acquired by Make Me a World

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The prize-winning Sudanese poet Safia Elhillo has had the North America rights to her debut Young Adult novel acquired by […]

Taiye Selasi Announces New TV Production Company That Will Be the Golden Age of Television Meets the African Silver Screen

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In yet another move into multimedia by a superstar African writer, Taiye Selasi has announced a TV production company that […]

Apply to BlackBird Books’ 4-Week Residency for Black Womxn Writers

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The South Africa-based publishing press Blackbird Books, in collaboration with Casa Lorde and Eunice Ngogodo Own Voices Initiative, is calling […]

Richard Akuson, Founder of A Nasty Boy, Reflects on Homophobia, Being Censored by Family, & a Personal Irony of Queer Pride

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In 2017, the Nigerian lawyer Richard Akuson founded A Nasty Boy, a magazine that used provocative photography and fashion to […]

Helen Moffett, Editing Mentor at Short Story Day Africa, on the Necessity of Trust between Editors and Writers

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Most of the people who work behind the scenes to hold up literary institutions mostly go unacknowledged in public, their […]

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