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Ah! The White Race Has Lost a Good Writer | 32 Years Later, Wole Soyinka Finally Reacts to V.S. Naipaul

Following V.S. Naipaul’s passing two weeks ago, we ran a collection of the things that some of Africa’s leading thinkers—Chinua Achebe, Wole Soyinka, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Aminatta Forna, Binyavanga Wainaina, Teju Cole, and Namwali Serpell—said about the man. In 1986, after Wole Soyinka was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, VS Naipaul remarked: “Has he […]

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Teju Cole’s Response to His Work Being Loved by Philip Roth and V.S. Naipaul Should Motivate All Writers

Teju Cole is a Great Essayist. We know. The essayist-novelist-photographer-art critic was recently in Lagos, we reported last month, for an event at Jazzhole. There, he was in yet another enlightening conversation with TheNews/PM News Executive Editor Kunle Ajibade, reading from his 2013 Granta essay, “Water Has No Enemy.” Midway, Ajibade asks Teju about his writing […]

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Why E.C. Osondu Got an Invitation to Meet V.S. Naipaul but Didn’t

Following V.S. Naipaul’s passing, Nigerian writer and Caine Prize 2009 winner E.C. Osondu has paid him tribute on Facebook. Osondu made a post titled “On VS Naipaul,” in which he reveals he was invited to a party to meet the man but eventually did not attend it. Osondu is the author of the short story collection […]

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I Started Reading and Just Stopped Halfway and Thought—This is Really Bad | What Achebe, Soyinka, Adichie, Forna, Binyavanga, Teju Cole, Serpell Thought About VS Naipaul

VS Naipaul, Nobel Prize and Booker Prize-winning novelist and nonfiction writer, passed on days ago at 85 years of age. As is the norm, countless think pieces have appeared on his life. While Naipaul’s genius talent and his standing as a literary great aren’t in doubt, it is his legacy that stutters. Born in Trinidad […]

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What Proust Felt Sad About, Soyinka Celebrates

“WHAT if V.S. Naipaul were a happy man? What if V.S. Pritchett had loved his parents? What if Vladimir Nabokov had grown up in a small town in western Nigeria and decided that politics were not unworthy of him? I do not take, or drop, these names in vain. Wole Soyinka, the Nigerian novelist, playwright, […]

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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 […]

Read the First Excerpt from Petina Gappah’s New Novel, Out of Darkness, Shining Light

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Petina Gappah‘s new novel Out of Darkness, Shining Light was released on 10 September by Simon & Schuster imprint Scribner. […]

We Need To Talk | Muriel Adhiambo | Fiction

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IT WAS A warm, humid night in the lakeside city of Kisumu. Under a starless sky, the women, seated on […]

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