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Abubakar Adam Ibrahim Is Not Hassan Reza: An Evening with the Novelist | Ikechukwu Ogbu

Abubakar Adam Ibrahim is now a national superstar. His first novel, Season of Crimson Blossoms, won the 2016 NLNG Nigeria Prize for Literature, which at $100,000 is Africa’s richest literary prize. For a book first published in Nigeria, it’s phenomenal that it’s gone on to be released in the UK, the US, India, and France, […]

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Abubakar Ibrahim Leaves Paressia Publishers, Signs with Cassava Republic, Amid Speculation

Novelist and journalist Abubakar Adam Ibrahim has left Parresia Publishers, his Nigerian publishers since 2011, to sign with Cassava Republic Press. He made the announcement on his Facebook wall. Ibrahim’s literary career took off in 2013 after the publication of his collection of stories, The Whispering Trees, and the shortlisting of its title story for […]

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This Nigerian Professor Wanted NLNG Prize Judges to Overlook Chika Unigwe and Abubakar Ibrahim’s Novels Because They Explore Sex

Recently, at a June 18 conference jointly organised by the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA) and Alex Ekwueme Federal University, Ndufu Alike Ikwo, Nigeria, themed “Expanding Frontiers: Nigerian’s Creative Writing in the 21st Century,” an academic got up and said that Chika Unigwe’s On Black Sisters’ Street and Abubakar Ibrahim’s Season of Crimson Blossoms should not have won […]

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The Story Behind This Stunning Cover Art | Indian Edition of Abubakar Ibrahim’s Season of Crimson Blossoms

We fell in love with Abubakar Ibrahim’s Season of Crimson Blossoms when it came out in 2015. A delicately woven love affair between Hajiya Binta Zubairu, a 55 year old widow, and Reza, a 25 year old thug, Ibrahim’s first novel got our attention for its grit and heart. It looks like we now have […]

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Dreams and Other Dangerous Pursuits | By Abubakar Adam Ibrahim | NLNG Prize Acceptance Speech

…that despite the wars, the violence, the immeasurable harm we perpetrated, our resilience and strength and our humanity still shone through the dark mist. A FEW WEEKS ago, Abubakar Adam Ibrahim was awarded the 2016 Nigeria NLNG Prize for Literature, for his first novel and second book of fiction, Season of Crimson Blossoms (2015).  At $100,000, […]

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7 Things I Love About This Book | Season of Crimson Blossoms | by Habiba Malumfashi

  ONE I love that this book had me hooked, from the first line of the first chapter. I love how subtle references to deeper events, unexplained, put me in a frenzy roller coaster, making me want to jump into this dark well, where the past of Hajiya Binta lay buried—to find out the inner […]

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Out and About With Jumoke Verissimo | by Chris Ogunlowo

  This happened during the holidays. We agreed to meet at Domino’s in GRA, Ikeja. But some random events changed our plan—the affliction called Lagos traffic held Jumoke up somewhere for over an hour. I rushed to a friend’s house to retrieve my copy of her new book for an autograph, and a kind man […]

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Exclusive Extract from Abubakar Adam Ibrahim’s Season of Crimson Blossoms

Abubakar Adam Ibrahim’s debut novel, Season of Crimson Blossoms, comes out November 10. Two publishing powerhouses—Parresia and Cassava Republic—are coming together to publish the novel in Nigeria and the UK, respectively. Set in a conservative Hausa society, Season of Crimson Blossoms tells the story of a 55 year old widow who has an illicit affair with […]

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Short Story Day Africa has announced the theme for its 2019 Prize: “Disruption.” The prize will be open to submissions […]

Nnedi Okorafor, Tomi Adeyemi, Tiah Beautement, Tendai Huchu, Imraan Coovadia Make 28-Strong Shortlists for $3,000 Nommo Awards

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The shortlists for the 2019 Nommo Awards for Speculative Fiction by Africans have been announced. This comes weeks after the […]

50 Intellectuals, Including Wole Soyinka & Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Sign Letter to President Patrice Talon Calling for Fresh Elections in Benin Republic

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Professors Wole Soyinka and Henry Louis Gates, Jr. are among a group of 50 African and American intellectuals who have […]

Anticipation for Jennifer Makumbi’s Ongoing East Africa Book Tour, as New Collection Is Nominated for the 2019 Big Book Awards

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The Ugandan novelist Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi has begun her East Africa book tour to promote her new short story collection. […]

Books & Rhymes Podcast is Using Music to Inspire Readers of African Books

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Books & Rhymes, one of our favorite Instagram book review platforms, is expanding into the podcast scene, and we are […]

#PoetryTalk | Poetry is the Excavation of Hidden Things | Interview with Titilope Sonuga

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  Nigerian-Canadian poet, writer, and performer, Titilope Sonuga is the featured guest of this week’s #PoetryTalk interview series. We discuss […]

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