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Imraan Coovadia’s New Novel Is About a Time-traveling Spy Agent

South Africa’s Imraan Coovadia has answered all our prayers for new, exciting African fiction. His latest offering blends spy fiction and sci-fi! The book is titled A Spy in Time and tells the story of a time-traveling spy. In the story, Johannesburg is the center of a post-apocalyptic world. The main character is a spy […]

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Trevor Noah Loves J. M. Coetzee, Zakes Mda, and Sol Plaatje

Trevor Noah is known as a comedian. Those of us living in the US know him as the host of the popular comedy show The Daily Show. But he has since become a literary figure—ever since his memoirs, titled Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood, hit the stands earlier this month. Noah was […]

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Sjambok! | by Pravasan Pillay | An African Story

sjambok (ˈʃæmbʌk; in South Africa -bɒk) (noun) Arms & Armor (excluding Firearms): a heavy whip of rhinoceros or hippopotamus hide Arms & Armor (excluding Firearms): a stiff synthetic version of this, used in crowd control (Verb) -boks, -bokking or -bokked [transitive] to strike or beat with such a whip [C19: from Afrikaans, from Malay samboq, […]

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Into the Bush | by Unathi Slasha | An African Story

Tamkhulu rocks his rickety chair all night and smokes his Dagga pipe in the house and rambles or whistles. At times, he listens to the voices on TV and comments on their appearances—either extolling their beauty or condemning their ugliness. At midnight, I wake up and switch on the radio, and then I hear him […]

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Dark, Edgy, Slippery Stories | Lauren Beukes’ New Book Set for August Release

South Africa’s speculative fiction queen has been busy concocting a collection of stories. Ever since her blockbuster thriller Broken Monsters, fans have been wondering how much longer they’d have to wait to enjoy more of Beukes’ killer storytelling skills (no pun intended!). The wait, it appears, will soon be over. On August 2, Taychon Publishers […]

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Fanta | By Mwinji Siame | An African Story

Everything was broken. The coffee table which doubled as a dresser and the cream clock radio with its wires sticking out clumsily at the socket perched on top of it. The windows that had been patched up with cardboard were now bare, and the door with no door knob hung from its hinge. Everything that […]

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Mratata | By Chumisa Paquita N | An African Story

I’ve seen a gun three times in my life. * The first time I was about six years old; in Ngqeleni, old Transkei, my grandfather’s home, my father’s home, my home. It was a Sunday night in a candle-lit sitting room – “six-corner” as my grandmother called it, a hexagonal rondawel – as a result […]

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“A Near Perfect Story”— Review of Diane Awerbuck’s Caine Prize Story by Richard Ali

Keeping our promise to bring you reviews of all five stories shortlisted for the  Caine Prize, we featured Aaron Bady’s review of Billy Kahora’s story last week.  This week, it’s Nigerian novelist, Richard Ali, reviewing Diane Awerbuck’s story titled “Phosphorescence.” Awerbuck’s story was originally published in Cabin Fever, her 2011 short story collection. Read story HERE.  Let […]

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20.35 Africa | Momtaza Mehri, Megan Ross, Nadra Mabrouk, Saddiq Dzukogi Featured in Forthcoming Issue II, Guest-Edited by Yasmin Belkhyr & Kayo Chingonyi

Earlier this year, we announced a call for submissions for Issue II of 20.35 Africa: An Anthology of Contemporary Poetry, […]

Esi Edugyan, Oyinkan Braithwaite, Uzodinma Iweala Among 2020 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award Longlist

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The longlist for the 2020 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award has just been announced and nine Africans are on it: […]

Chika Unigwe Speaks About Igbo Identity at Centre for Memories Monthly Distinguished Speaker Series

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Nigerian author and professor Chika Unigwe recently spoke at the Centre for Memories, Enugu Sports Club, Enugu State, Nigeria, as […]

Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi’s Second Novel Acquired by Booker Prize-Winning Publisher, Oneworld

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Oneworld has acquired the rights to Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi’s second novel. Titled The First Woman, the novel is the third […]

African Literati React to Oscars Disqualification of Nigeria’s First Ever Entry, Lionheart, with Conversation on Language, Colonial Legacy

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On November 5, 2019, African Twitter was abuzz with the news that Lionheart (2018), Nigeria’s first ever submission to the Academy […]

Opportunity for African Writers | Submit Your Work for the 2020 K & L Prize

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The 2020 K & L Prize is open for submissions. Currently in its second year, the $1000 NZ prize was […]

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