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Photos from Goethe-Institut’s Launch of Saraba & Bakwa Magazines’ Nonfiction Anthology, Limbe to Lagos

Limbe to Lagos: Nonfiction from Cameroon and Nigeria, the anthology collaboration by the Nigeria-based Saraba and the Cameroon-based Bakwa, was recently launched in Lagos. The anthology, edited by Bakwa founding editor Dzekashu MacViban and Saraba founding editors Dami Ajayi and Emmanuel Iduma, is a product of the Literary Exchange Project launched with the support of the Goethe-Instituts in Cameroon […]

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Saraba & Bakwa Magazines’ Limbe to Lagos Anthology Features New Nonfiction from Cameroon and Nigeria | How to Buy the Book

In 2017, Goethe-Institut, Saraba and Bakwa announced a Cameroon-Nigeria literary exchange program. The result of the program, “the fruit of a series of workshops and mentorships,” is an anthology by the two magazines: Limbe to Lagos: Nonfiction from Cameroon and Nigeria. Edited by Bakwa founding editor Dzekashu MacViban and Saraba founding editors Dami Ajayi and Emmanuel Iduma, the collection features […]

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Bakwa Magazine Releases Issue 08: PAIN

Bakwa magazine has released its eighth issue, themed PAIN. Founded in 2011 by Dzekashu MacViban, Bakwa magazine is Cameroon’s leading Anglophone publication of literature, politics, and art. Its editorial team currently comprises editor Dzekashu MacViban, assistant editor Socrates Mbamalu, copy editors Nfor E. Njinyoh and Kelechi Njoku, staff writer Howard M-B Maximus, and editorial adviser Kangsen Feka Wakai. Bakwa‘s Issue 08: PAIN […]

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#CainePrize2017 | Review of Lesley Nneka Arimah’s “Who Will Greet You at Home?” | Socrates Mbamalu

Lesley Nneka Arimah was born in the UK and grew up mostly in Nigeria. Her story, “Light,” won the 2015 Commonwealth Short Story Prize for Africa Region and another story, “Glory,” won a 2017 O.Henry Prize. She is the recipient of grants and awards from Commonwealth Writers, AWP, the Elizabeth George Foundation, and the Jerome Foundation. Her […]

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Jos | By Socrates Mbamalu | Nonfiction

THERE are two ways to see Jos: from air and from land. 2011, we relocate to Jos and take an Arik flight that we’ve pleaded the blood on Jesus upon so that our own blood would not be shed instead. No drinks served. It’s just like taking a BRT; only, this time, by air. I […]

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African Literary Digest: 9 Must-Reads from March, 2017

Every month, we compile a list of reads from around the Internet that we find illuminating. For January, we chose eight pieces. For February, we picked fourteen pieces. For March, we have settled on nine. They include fiction pieces that we believe are among the best we will see this year, essays that are strong contributions […]

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African Literary Digest: 14 Must-Reads from February, 2017

Every month, we compile a list of reads from around the internet that we find illuminating. For January, we chose eight pieces. For February, we have fourteen items. They include non-fiction, fiction, essays, speeches, and even tweets. While numbered, this list is unranked. *** 1. “Since Everything Was Suddening into a Hurricane” | By Binyavanaga Wainaina | Granta | Non-fiction […]

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“To a Limitless 2017!” | Socrates Mbamalu’s Honest and Inspiring Message About the Writing Hustle

The dream of becoming a writer is a beautiful dream. But the journey to achieving that dream can be long, lonely and exhausting. African writers often face the added difficulties of harsh economic conditions, not to mention the scarcity of publishing opportunities. For the vast majority of African writers living on the continent, producing work […]

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Bernardine Evaristo: Your Guide to All Eight Books by the Booker Prize Winner

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While better known in the African literary scene as the founder of the massively influential Brunel International African Poetry Prize, […]

TJ Benson’s Forthcoming Novel, The Madhouse, Follows a Troubled Family Across Four Decades

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The Nigerian writer TJ Benson has a new novel set to be published by Masobe Books in 2020. A new […]

The Guardian UK Criticized for Headline Calling Bernardine Evaristo’s Booker Prize-winning Novel Obscure

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Right after Bernardine Evaristo and Margaret Atwood were announced joint winners of the 2019 Booker Prize for Fiction, the UK’s […]

Bernardine Evaristo’s Joint Win of the Booker Prize, with Margaret Atwood, Makes Her the First Black Woman & Second Nigerian to Receive the Honour

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The Nigerian-British novelist Bernardine Evaristo has been awarded the 2019 Booker Prize for Fiction, for her novel Girl, Woman, Other, […]

The Queen of Dahomey: Episode Three | The Witches of Auchi Series | Anthony Azekwoh

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There was an old woman with a ragged scar on her cheek who lived alone on the outskirts of Dahomey. […]

Befeqadu Hailu, Ethiopian Writer-Activist & Co-founder of Zone 9 Blog, Named 2019 International Writer of Courage

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Befeqadu Hailu, the Ethiopian writer, activist, and co-founder of the Amharic-language human rights platform Zone 9 Blogging Collective, has been […]

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