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A Lamu Affair | By Troy Onyango | Fiction | Love Stories From Africa Anthology

FROM WHERE HE IS SEATED, at the rooftop of Petley’s Inn, the low, cold breeze ruffles his long, straight blond hair and flushes his puffy cheeks. Down below, on the small concrete pavement at the seafront, hurried pattering footsteps of men running to the mosque to answer the call of the muezzin to prayers. Only […]

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Monsieur Pierre | By Bura-Bari Nwilo | A Story

“Whenever she gets the urge to forego Roy, she also gets a small dose of mischief, to lie with him one more time, for the last time ever, and she finds herself back to her jail.” Nornu fills her bathtub to its brim with water each time Roy tickles the spot where her creator placed […]

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The List | By Tuntufye Simwimba | A Story

“That night she got my number and texted: Come see me in my room. Bring with you a condom. No man can forget that.” *** For a good friend, Henrie Chinoko, whose true life events gave inspiration to this story.   In college I learnt to use “fuck” with comfort. I can’t remember learning anything […]

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Rush Green | by Uzoamaka Doris Aniunoh | African Fiction

“I saw his buttocks without the trousers in my head and then I shut my eyes and tried to imagine something that wasn’t a doctor’s naked buttocks.”   I had gone to Rush Green Hospital in Onitsha that morning for a medical check up, because my menstrual cycle lasted for two weeks every month. I […]

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Let Flow The Water | By Wanjala Njalale | Fiction

KICKING THE BOYS out of the house felt like turning against my own men on the battlefield. A strong element of betrayal and dishonor projected itself. Seeking redemption, I fled down the road to the bar, a dim one-story building nestled between a drug store and a meat shop. The interior flashed with new paint […]

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The Night My Dead Girlfriend Called | Episode 3: A Strange Arrival, A Crazy Ghost | by Feyisayo Anjorin

Badoo closed the door of his room and sat on the bed with a sigh. He wanted his shoes off, he wanted his clothes off; he wanted to get in the shower and get some coolness. But he was tired. He could do all that later. For now, he could get the shoes off and […]

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We Go Love | By Adesewa Adesina | African Poetry

YOU broke my CD yesterday Brymo’s raspy voice spilled out lamenting about merchants, wicked dealers and slaves it was an accident I put too much pepper that night You ate, sweated and cried drinking two bottles of chilled water I cannot measure well You forget your phone a lot more these days and I see […]

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Expound Magazine’s Special Issue Explores Erotic Arts and Literature

Sex is still an awkward subject in conversations about African literature. Whereas African authors are not very keen on writing about sex, readers of African literature are too bashful to ask them to step up their sex game. That’s why when Wale Owoade told me he was working on a special issue of Expound Magazine […]

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The 21 Writers Shortlisted for the 2017 Miles Morland Writing Scholarships

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The 2017 Miles Morland Writing Scholarship shortlist has been announced and there are 21 writers on it. The Miles Morland […]

Photos | #AkeFest17: Cameroon-Nigeria Literary Exchange Participants in Roundtable Conversation

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The 2017 Ake Arts and Book Festival took place from 14–18 November 2017, in Abeokuta, Nigeria. One of the event’s […]

Teju Cole’s “Blind Spot” Is One of TIME’s Top 10 Non-Fiction Books of 2017

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Teju Cole’s Blind Spot has been named among TIME‘s Top 10 Non-Fiction Books of 2017. The book, a beguiling blend […]

#ThrowBack | In Conversation: Nuruddin Farah and Kwame Anthony Appiah

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In 2004, Somalian novelist Nuruddin Farah and Ghanaian philosopher Kwame Anthony Appiah sat for a conversation published in BOMB magazine. […]

Aminatta Forna’s Fourth Novel, “Happiness,” Arrives March 2018

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Among writers of her generation, Aminatta Forna belongs in the higher ranks of critical acclaim. With her work translated into […]

Wasafiri Magazine Releases “Issue 92: Winter 2017,” Featuring Ellah Allfrey, Nadifa Mohamed and Ayobami Adebayo

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Wasafiri, the UK’s leading literary magazine for international voices, has released its “Issue 92: Winter 2017.” Founded in 1984 by its current […]

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