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#CainePrize2017 | Review of Arinze Ifeakandu’s “God’s Children Are Little Broken Things” | By Kelechi Njoku

As you probably already know, the Caine Prize for African Writing shortlist is out. It’s created quite a lot of buzz and excitement in the last few days. While we are still celebrating with the shortlistees, we also think it’s time to get serious and talk about these stories. Are they any good? What is […]

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Binyavanga Wainaina’s Granta Essay Is Beautifully Experimental

Binyavanga Wainaina has a new essay in Granta‘s latest travel issue. The title of the essay is “Since Everything Was Suddening into a Hurricane.” Binyavanga writes about his experience with stroke and his journey to Nairobi— accompanied by his lover—to patch things up with his father. We haven’t had an essay from Binyavanga in a […]

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14: An Anthology of Queer Art | Vol. 1: We are Flowers

The 13th of January is an unfortunate day in Nigeria’s history. It marks one of the nation’s greatest human rights failures. On that day in 2014, Nigeria gave homophobia full legal recognition in the form of a law that made any kind of same-sex sexual act a crime that could be punished with as much […]

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That Time Before Before | by Francesca O. Ekwuyasi | An African Story

Dear Freya, Do you remember the time that your stepmother walked in on us? God, the humiliation. There was something about that night, though. I felt more connected to you than before. I wanted to talk about it, but I felt a bit daft, blathering on and on afterwards while you smoked and smiled and […]

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Joy | Amatesiro Dore | Poetry

Joy born into sorrow Not by choice or the will of men But the love in his heart made him gay Fellow men said Joy made God sad Cos his love was male Joy goes to hell A room filled with hate For brothers loving brothers Shower him shame Heaped with hate Mangle his mind […]

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The Soundtrack of a Memory | Nnamdi Ibeanusi | Fiction

The old man sits in the bathtub and hums a calming tune, his thoughts lost among the white foams. The heady scent of lavender shampoo is suspended in the air, but it’s been tempered by the severe odors of the old man’s medicated body oils. The majestic blue of the waking sky, punctuated here and […]

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Some Exclusive Details on EC Osondu’s New Novel When the Sky is Ready the Stars Will Appear

EC Osondu's New Novel When the Sky is Ready the Stars Will Appear

Nigerian author E C Osondu has a new novel on the way, and we have some exclusive details on the synopsis […]

Nwando Achebe’s New Book Celebrates Centuries of Female Power in Africa

Nwando Achebe's New Book Celebrates Centuries of Female Power in Africa

A new book by renowned historian Nwando Achebe traces a history of African women in power. Female Monarchs and Merchant […]

My Memories Are of Flowers | Sodiq Oyekanmi | Poetry

My Memories Are of Flowers _ Sodiq Oyekanmi _ Poetry

to the tome of memories tonight I revisit opening pages of the past like a writer editing a dusty manuscript, […]

Umbrella | Meredith Chiwenkpe Asuru | Fiction

Umbrella _ Meredith Chiwenkpe Asuru _ Fiction (1)

  “Are you coming in or not?” she asked in a seductive tone, three fingers raised slightly above her neck. […]

Nnedi Okorafor’s LaGuardia Wins 2020 Hugo Award for Best Graphic Story or Comic

Nnedi Okorafor's LaGuardia Wins 2020 Hugo Award for Best Graphic Story or Comic (3)

Nigeria’s Nnedi Okorafor is on a roll! Barely two weeks since bagging an Eisner Award, Okarafor wins the coveted Hugo […]

Ugandan Novelist Jennifer Makumbi on All-Female Short Story Prize Longlist

Jennifer Makumbi on All-Female Short Story Prize Longlist

Celebrated Ugandan author Jennifer Makumbi is on the longlist of the 2020 Edge Hill Short Story Prize for her debut […]

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