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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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Kwame Dawes’s “Yard Boy”: A Powerful Poem for Our Moment

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Kwame Dawes recently wrote a poem titled “Yard Boy” that speaks to the recent events surrounding the death of George […]

Teju Cole’s Spotify Playlists Offer Musical Solace for These Times

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Among Teju Cole’s many talents is his ability to curate music that captures a mood or even the feel of […]

Petina Gappah to Write Play About the Censorship History of Dambudzo Marechera’s Novel Black Sunlight

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Petina Gappah recently announced that she was writing a play that focuses on “the 1982 banning and unbanning” of Dambudzo […]

Oh, Blessed Bri’Land | Jedah Mayberry | Fiction

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Bri’Land glistened at me, her brilliant display of pink sand shimmering in delight.  It would seem that I had finally, […]

Books That Go with Wine and Books That Don’t

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The beverages most associated with reading are tea and coffee. But many readers love to cozy up in bed with […]

In This House | Inok Rosemary | Poetry

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  In this house, we sift our words, Never letting the walls hear what they shouldn’t. The fear of their […]

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