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Tribute to A Beloved Poet — Photos Of Billy Kahora, Paula Kahumbu, and Teju Cole at The Nairobi Memorial For Kofi Awoonor

The tribute last night at the museum was moving, so in keeping with the depth, height, breadth and weight of the late professor’s writing. The siege at Westgate was still ongoing and a climate of fear permeates the air, but about 150 people showed up. Love and respect were palpable in the room. Two of […]

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“We Could Account For All Our Authors But Kofi”—Storymoja Festival Speaks on the Nairobi Mall Shooting and Awoonor’s Death

We’ve been in mourning these past few days with the loss of renowned Ghanaian poet, Kofi Awoonor. Awoonor was in Nairobi for the Storymoja Hay Festival when he fell victim to terrorist shootings in an upscale mall in Nairobi. Paula Kahumbu, the director of the literary event, writes about hanging out with Awoonor the previous […]

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The Queen of Dahomey: Episode Three | The Witches of Auchi Series | Anthony Azekwoh

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There was an old woman with a ragged scar on her cheek who lived alone on the outskirts of Dahomey. […]

Befeqadu Hailu, Ethiopian Writer-Activist & Co-founder of Zone 9 Blog, Named 2019 International Writer of Courage

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Befeqadu Hailu, the Ethiopian writer, activist, and co-founder of the Amharic-language human rights platform Zone 9 Blogging Collective, has been […]

Kalaf Epalanga, Angolan Author & Musician, Named Curator of the 2020 African Book Festival in Berlin

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The Angolan musician and author Kalaf Epalanga, who looks like the actor Mahershala Ali, has been announced as the curator […]

Addis Ababa Noir, Edited by Maaza Mengiste & Featuring Mahtem Shiferraw, Sulaiman Addonia, Linda Yohannes, Meron Hadero, Hannah Giorgis, Forthcoming in April 2020

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Each anthology in Akashic Books’ noir series is “set in a distinct neighborhood or location within the respective city” and […]

The Frozen Heart: Episode Two | The Witches of Auchi Series | Anthony Azekwoh

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“To you, oh Goddess, we give our dreams, To you, oh Goddess, we give our faith, To you, oh Goddess, […]

Unoma Azuah’s Embracing My Shadow, Nigeria’s First Memoir About Being Lesbian, Forthcoming in March 2020 & Now Available for Pre-order

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Unoma Azuah, novelist, poet, academic, curator, and one of Nigeria’s leading LGBTQ rights activists, has a new book, her third, […]

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