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Sefi Atta Talks History, Her New Novel, and Writing about the Lagos Elite: In Conversation with Toni Kan

Sefi Atta’s latest novel, The Bead Collector, is historical fiction as well as an ideological treatise. But it is also, as with many of Sefi Atta’s works, a book that riffs on class and family dysfunction. In this conversation with Toni Kan, Sefi talks about the place of history in her work, growing up in […]

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All the Photos From the 2018 Dusty Manuscript Writing Boot Camp

The Dusty Manuscript Contest was created by Okada Books to break down the barriers facing aspiring writers in the Nigerian publishing industry. They teamed up with GT Bank’s YOU READ Initiative and Farafina Books to offer cash prizes and publishing contracts to the winning writers. To expand the mandate of the contest beyond selecting three […]

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20 Budding Nigerian Writers Make It to Next Stage of the GTBank Dusty Manuscript Contest

After spending several weeks poring over more than 1000 stories submitted for the Dusty Manuscript Contest, the judges of the competition have selected their top 20 entries. The selected entries are: Devil‘s Pawn by Kukogho Iruesiri Samson Home to the Hill by Eunice Ekelaka Sambisa by Mohammed, Fatima Aliko The Smell of Rain by Nneoma […]

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The Dusty Manuscript Contest | GTBank Announces New Book Prize To Be Judged by Ainehi Edoro, Eghosa Imasuen, Toni Kan, Yejide Kilanko

Guaranty Trust Bank has announced a new book prize called The Dusty Manuscript Contest. It will be Judged by Ainehi Edoro, Brittle Paper editor and Marquette University Assistant Professor of Literature; Eghosa Imasuen, author of Fine Boys (2012); Toni Kan, author of the NDDC/Ken Saro Wiwa Prize-winning Nights of a Creaking Bed; and Yejide Kilanko, poet and finalist for the 2017 […]

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Nigerian Writer Toni Kan Unveiled as Brand Ambassador for Samsung Galaxy

Something quite unprecedented took place in the Nigerian literary scene this week.  Nigerian writer Toni Kan was made a brand ambassador for the Samsung Galaxy Note 5. Kan announced it on Facebook two days ago, saying: It is a fabulous time to be a Nigerian writer. I have just been formally announced as brand endorser for […]

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A Friendly Reading Match! | Photos from Lagos Literary Event Featuring Victor Ehikhamenor and Toni Kan

Last Sunday, two celebrated figures in the Nigerian literary community went head to head in a bid to settle scores between fiction and non-fiction. Victor Ehikhamenor is an artist and essayist. Toni Kan is a Lagos-based fiction writer. In what many are calling an unusual literary event, they challenged each other in a reading duel hosted […]

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Celebrating African Love Stories! | Ankara Press Launches 14-Story Valentine’s Day Anthology

When Cassava Republic rolled out 6 romance titles under its new imprint, Ankara Press, we thought they’d out done themselves. What else could they do to make us fall in love with African love stories? In celebration of Valentine’s Day, they’ve published a 14-story collection of love stories titled Valentine’s Day Anthology 2015—with an impressive rollcall […]

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African Writers Never Looked So Good! | See the Stunning Photo Shoot at Ake Arts and Book Festival

So when I heard African writers were convening at Ake, a small south-western town in Nigeria and home to Wole Soyinka, I thought I knew what to expect. They were going to strut around saying a whole bunch of smart things about African literature and other serious matters. When they were not edifying audiences in workshops […]

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The Guardian UK Criticized for Headline Calling Bernardine Evaristo’s Booker Prize-winning Novel Obscure

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Right after Bernardine Evaristo and Margaret Atwood were announced joint winners of the 2019 Booker Prize for Fiction, the UK’s […]

Bernardine Evaristo’s Joint Win of the Booker Prize, with Margaret Atwood, Makes Her the First Black Woman & Second Nigerian to Receive the Honour

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The Nigerian-British novelist Bernardine Evaristo has been awarded the 2019 Booker Prize for Fiction, for her novel Girl, Woman, Other, […]

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 […]

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