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This Essay Collection is a South Africa-Inspired Feminist Anthem for All Women

In the era of #metoo and #timesup, we are, more than ever before, in need of writing that deepens our understanding of feminism and the female experience. Women writers are stepping up to the task, spearheading all kinds of literary projects centered on exploring all the complexities of gender inequality while proposing strategies for resistance […]

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Zukiswa Wanner’s Travel Memoir, “Hardly Working,” Is Adventure-filled and Personal

  Four years after her fifth novel, London Capetown Joburg, award winning South African writer Zukiswa Wanner has a new book out. A writer’s life often involves writing and traveling. In this new book, Wanner combines the two in an intimate look at the African continent through the lens of her experience as a writer […]

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Taiye Selasi Wants People to Stop Saying That “South Africa Isn’t African Enough”

Taiye Selasi has argued against suggestions that South Africa’s cultural atmosphere “isn’t African enough.” She discussed it while speaking with Huffington Post during her visit to the country for the Nirox Words Festival. She counters the idea of Africanness as a phenomenon to be explained away in a monolithic manner. “What is Africa supposed to […]

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Zukiswa Wanner Calls Out Misogyny in South Africa, Kenya and Zimbabwe, Takes on Politicians and the Media

Zukiswa Wanner has called out misogyny in South Africa, Kenya and Zimbabwe, taking on politicians and the media in the three countries. In an essay in Mail & Guardian, titled “Three Countries. Three Heartbreaks. One Week,” she writes: “I have had this feeling that I live on a continent that harbours a deep hatred for […]

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Love Is Not Apolitical | Andile Ndlovu | Fiction

THERE was something about Sanele and Kelvin as a couple that made them so intriguing. No, it was not that he was older than her, or that he was a divorcé. Or that they were a multiracial young couple working in the same building (he worked in the advertising department for the umbrella company, which […]

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On Growing up Black, Foreign and Legal in South Africa | by Wadeisor Rukato

On Thursday the 30th of April 2015, I stepped off a taxi coming from the Bree taxi rank in order to make my way toward the MTN taxi rank[1]. I was coming from Greenside, where I work as an intern for a consultancy firm. Immediately I stepped onto the curb, I was stopped by an aggressive […]

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Soul Song or South Africa Knows | By Umar Abubakar Sidi | African Poetry

South Africa knows. Never let the poet See the face of love. Never let the poet walk Upon the landscapes of love. Alone. Unguarded. Never let the poet walk By the side of love in a mall. Do not let the poet Witness the plum fingers of love using chopsticks To eat Sushi in a […]

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Hollywood or Nollywood? As Americanah TV Series Goes to HBO, Actress Stella Damasus Suggests Industry Slight & Chika Unigwe Responds

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The Americanah TV series adaptation, starring Lupita Nyong’o and written by Danai Gurira, has been ordered by HBO Max. The […]

15 Pieces to Guide Your Understanding of Xenophobia in (South) Africa

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Once again, this September, xenophobic violence was unleashed on other Africans, mostly Nigerians, in South Africa: businesses were closed, shops […]

Johary Ravaloson’s Return to the Enchanted Island Is the Second Novel from Madagascar to Be Translated into English

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In May 2018, we brought news of the first novel by a writer from Madagascar to be translated into English: […]

Sundays at Saint Steven’s | Davina Philomena Kawuma | Poetry

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when god runs out of money (how, no one says) once a week, these days, we come to where the […]

Read the First Excerpt from Petina Gappah’s New Novel, Out of Darkness, Shining Light

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Petina Gappah‘s new novel Out of Darkness, Shining Light was released on 10 September by Simon & Schuster imprint Scribner. […]

We Need To Talk | Muriel Adhiambo | Fiction

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IT WAS A warm, humid night in the lakeside city of Kisumu. Under a starless sky, the women, seated on […]

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