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Centuries Before the African Novel, These 5 Stories Inspired Readers and Audiences

What stories were African audiences enjoying before the novel came to the continent in the late 19th century? We did a little digging in the archives and put together this introductory list of pre-modern African literature.  If you’re not familiar with African literary texts before the 20th century, here is your chance to explore 17th […]

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What We Are Reading This Week | A 17th Century Biography About An African Woman

To kickoff Women’s History Month, we are taking you on a trip through time to the 17th century in the Ethiopian highlands. In 1672, a scribe began documenting the life of Walatta Petros, an African woman who lived from 1592 to 1642 and founded communities of faith in various towns. She was revered as a […]

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The Life of a 17th Century African Woman Revealed in 300 Year Old Biography

This right here is a literary marvel in every way.  The Life and Struggles of Our Mother Walatta Petros was written in the 1670s. It records the life of an African woman named Walatta Petros living in an Ethiopian monastery, which she also managed. The book has been around for over 300 years. About 12 hand-written copies […]

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The fourth episode of Professor Ato Quayson’s vlog Critic.Reading.Writing is up! In this week’s episode, the Professor dives into the […]

Namwali Serpell to Join Harvard English Department as Full Professor

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  Namwali Serpell announced on Twitter this week that she will be joining the Harvard English Department as Full Professor […]

Check Out Mona Eltahawy’s Major New Look!

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American-Egyptian journalist, activist, and feminist Mona Eltahawy has a brand new look. Earlier this year, the author of Seven Necessary […]

Scholarship and Mentorship Opportunity with Ellah P. Wakatama OBE (Open to Black British Writers)

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The Literary Consultancy (TLC) has launched a new scholarship aimed at providing “writers on low-income and/or from communities currently under-represented […]

Watch Joseph Adesunloye’s Documentary Film on The AKO Caine Prize

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A few weeks ago, the AKO Caine Prize organizers announced that the award dinner held at the British Library will […]

Two African Writers Featured in Beyoncé’s Black Is King Visual Album

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Beyoncé’s new visual album Black Is King is making waves, but the exciting part is that there are two African […]

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