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Mental Health: 8 Books by African Authors You Should Read

The subject of mental health is often synonymous with shame, silence, and the need to hide away from the world. The age-long stigma attached to it has made the conversation a difficult one to have. According to MentalHealth.gov, mental health problems are actually far more common than people think. Early warning signs range from eating […]

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New Anthology of South African Writing Explores Identity with Stories & Photographs of Hair

A new anthology features “short stories inspired by hair.” Edited by Joanne Hichens and Karina M. Szczurek, HAIR: Weaving & Unpicking Stories of Identity is forthcoming from Tattoo Press in September 2019. Contributors include the novelist Fred Khumalo, Etisalat Prize 2015 winner Songeziwe Mahlangu, Caine Prize 2007 winner Mary Watson, Short Story Day Africa prize […]

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The 2018 Dinaane Debut Fiction Award Shortlist

The Jacana Literary Foundation (JLF) has announced a three-manuscript shortlist for the R35,000 Dinaane Debut Fiction Award: Legacy of a Rain Queen – The Eagle’s Martial by Sophia Tao Not to Mention by Vivian de Klerk The Mourning Bird by Mubanga Kalimamukwento Submissions were judged blind by a panel comprising: creative writing professor David Medalie, author […]

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Celebrating African Fiction! | Official Photos from The Etisalat Prize Award Ceremony

  Writers, celebrities, and Lagos socialites trouped to the Intercontinental Hotel to celebrate contemporary African literature on March 15th. It was a fun-filled evening of music, dancing, and theatrical performances. South Africa’s Songeziwe Mahlungu took the 15,000 pound prize home, making his novel Penumbra the best debut novel by an African author. Angelique Kidjo stole the […]

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Who Will Win The 15,000 Dollar Etisalat Prize for Literature?

The Etisalat Prize for Literature kicks off the African literary award season with a ceremony taking place this weekend at the Intercontinental Hotel in Lagos. It’s hard to believe a year has gone by since Noviolet Bulawayo won the maiden edition of the prize with her critically acclaimed novel, We Need New Names. The prize is […]

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Congrats to the Authors Longlisted for The Etisalat Prize for Literature

Ten lucky authors have been longlisted for the second edition of the Etisalat Prize for literature.  Speaking for the panel of judges, Sarah Ladipo Manyika has this to say in the press release: “We the judges are excited about this long list which is reflective of the great diversity presented by the full list of submissions […]

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Laila Lalami’s Forthcoming Memoir Conditional Citizens Recounts Her Journey from Moroccan Immigrant to U.S. Citizen

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Moroccan-American author Laila Lalami has a new book forthcoming on April 28, 2020 from Pantheon Books. Titled Conditional Citizens, the […]

Neighbors (A Quarantine-Themed Fiction) | E. C. Osondu

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My neighbor Vinny Capriani is a great neighbor. I’m happy to have him as one. I live in a state […]

Tope Folarin and Nnamdi Ehirim Longlisted for the 2020 VCU Cabell First Novel Award

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Tope Folarin and Nnamdi Ehirim are both on the longlist of the 2020 VCU Cabell First Novel Award. The annual […]

Credo Mutwa, Celebrated South African Healer and Author, Dies at 98

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Credo Mutwa, celebrated South African traditional healer and author of several books, died following a period of ill health on […]

What We Are Reading This Week | A Feminist Guide to Living and Thinking Sensuously

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In the final week of women’s history month, we are celebrating a writer whose work has inspired us for years. […]

Midas & The Prodigal Daughter | Isabelle Baafi | Two Poems

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Midas the legend was not always true there was a time when empires were built on dreams and prophesies and […]

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