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Moses Mould | by Nqobile C. Mofokeng | African Poetry

She told me that it was good to cry, that it had a beautifying effect on the soul. “But why do I find it parasitic: cleansing old wounds while wetting my current.” “Indani! All this crying is making me stink.” Wet wood given too little time to dry before the next storm, that’s what my […]

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Holiday | by Kirby Manià | African Poetry

Untethering the self from the everyday practice of life, I become a ship unanchored I feel a return to what is myself True and unfaltering To that, which has been mired by the flotsam of details and exactitudes— the petty duties that strain and defer Being-ness Here and now Adrift I feel more attuned to what is Absolute […]

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The Vow | Kirby Manià | African Poetry

On Saturday dressed in Sunday best There’s a woman in white and confetti, of course Witnesses are reminded that this is a day of Beginnings But Book and Word bring endings into view Gown and suit, freshly pressed Mourning dress The garb of the dead   ********* Image by las – initially (Lori Semprevio) via Flickr […]

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Chibok by Jen Thorpe

Six months Is almost enough time To create A new person. Over two hundred Should be enough To garner some Consistent, persistent, resistance. Those on the road To the nowhere Somewhere Elsewhere The girls are now, Didn’t they see? Don’t they know Something, Anything? Waiting with Patience for Goodluck Has left a silence Where answers […]

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“Order in the Mother City” | Walls | By Jennifer Thorpe | A Feminist Poem

It was The force of the wall That propelled her face forward And back into the foot That kicked it. The kicker danced The dance of a victorious soldier. For he was a warrior in a long standing campaign Of dominance And hate. Behind the wall, And hidden from view, A young girl played on […]

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The Heart of It: Working Through Xenophobia in South Africa | Ruksana Elk

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READ: 15 Pieces to Guide Your Understanding of Xenophobia in (South) Africa Talking xenophobia with South Africans of all classes […]

The Brittle Paper Interview with the Caine Prize 2019 Winner: Lesley Nneka Arimah

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In July, Lesley Nneka Arimah received the 2019 Caine Prize, the award’s twentieth edition, for her short story “Skinned,” published […]

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 […]

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