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Wole Soyinka Shows Up in Court in Solidarity with Arrested Journalists Omoyele Sowore & Olawale Bakare

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Wole Soyinka appeared at the Federal High Court in Abuja today, reports the Nigerian newspaper Punch, to show solidarity with Omoyele Sowore, the Nigerian journalist, Sahara Reporters publisher, and 2019 presidential candidate who has been in custody since convening the #RevolutionNow movement. Also on trial along with Sowore is Olawale Bakare. Soyinka arrived at 8:50 […]

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Petina Gappah on Being Influenced by Tsitsi Dangarembga, Admiring Teju Cole & Zadie Smith, & Why Her Livingstone Novel Took 20 Years

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Petina Gappah has a new interview in The Guardian UK, and in it she talks about her most recent book, the novel Out of Darkness, Shining Light (2019), which tells the story of the people who carried the 19th century explorer David Livingstone’s body to the ocean. She explains her research process, how she created […]

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It Is 50 Years Since Nigeria’s Biafran War: Here Are Books to Read

In July 1967, the then seven-year-old state of Nigeria went to war in its eastern region against the newly seceded state of Biafra, with a population mostly Igbo but also Ijaw, Efik, and Ibibio, among others. The 30-month conflict, which left up to two million civilians dead in the region, is the darkest moment for […]

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Wole Soyinka Shares His Journey Overcoming Prostate Cancer, Points Out Need for Better Local Healthcare

We all like to think of our literary heroes as immortal — especially Professor Wole Soyinka. For so long, this venerable figure of African letters appeared untouched by age and time; indeed, he turned 85 this year. So it came across as a real shock when we learned that Soyinka had been previously diagnosed with […]

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Omoyele Sowore, Publisher of Sahara Reporters and 2019 Nigerian Presidential Candidate, Arrested by SSS for #RevolutionNow Protest | Wole Soyinka Issues Statement

Omoyele Sowore, the publisher of SaharaReporters and 2019 Nigerian presidential candidate on the platform of the African Action Congress (AAC), has been arrested by officers of Nigeria’s State Security Service (SSS) for organising the #RevolutionNow protests, a series of peaceful demonstrations for a better country which are set to begin today, 5 August, in 21 […]

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Negritude Is Omnipresent in African Writing: On Its Birth, Rebellion, & Perceived Disappearance | D. S. Battistoli

I Earlier this year, in the context of an English-language debate on race consciousness in Africa, the topic of the Negritude movement came up briefly. The Zimbabwean-South African writer Panashe Chigumadzi wrote in her finely-argued essay, “Why I’m No Longer Talking to Nigerians About Race,” published in Africa Is a Country: Wọlé Sóyinká had been […]

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The Fágúnwà Study Group’s Second International Conference in Akure to Celebrate Wọlé Ṣóyínká, D. O. Fágúnwà, and the Yorùbá Artistic Heritage | August 7-10

Wọlé Ṣóyínká has long been the preeminent scholar on D. O. Fágúnwà, the great Yorùbá-language writer two of whose books, The Forest of a Thousand Daemons (Ògbójú Ọdẹ Nínú Igbó Irúnmalè) and The Forest of Olodumare (Igbó Olódùmarè), he translated. This August, to mark Ṣóyínká’s 85th birthday this year, the Fágúnwà Study Group will celebrate the […]

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Wo̩lé S̩óyinká’s Forthcoming Book, His 50th at Age 85, Looks at the Aesthetics, Traditions, & Histories of African Art

Fresh from celebrations for his 85th birthday days ago, Wo̩lé S̩óyinká has a new book coming. An expansion of his three-part Richard D. Cohen Lectures at Harvard in 2017—the first, “The Acquisitive Eye: ‘Oga, I Swear It’s Original Fake’”; the second, “Heirs to the Procreative Deities: The Yoruba at Large”; the third, “From Aso Ebi […]

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Romeo Oriogun Shares Heartfelt, Powerful Personal Story as Anticipation Peaks for His Debut Poetry Collection, Sacrament of Bodies

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Romeo Oriogun’s debut poetry collection Sacrament of Bodies is still some 12 days away from its March 1 publication date […]

New Poetry Anthology, Wreaths for a Wayfarer, Published in Honour of Pius Adesanmi

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A new poetry anthology, Wreaths for a Wayfarer, has been published in honour of Pius Adesanmi, who passed on in […]

Existence as Protest | Nigerian Visual Artist-Writer Osinachi’s Debut Solo Show Set for Kate Vasse Galerie, Zurich, with Foreword by Jason Bailey | March 2020

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The Nigerian visual artist and writer Osinachi is set for his debut solo show. Themed “Osinachi: Existence as Protest,” it […]

Margaret Busby, Sarah Ladipo Mayinka, & Angela Wachuka to Discuss the Global Legacy of African Women Writers at the 2020 LSE Festival

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The LSE Shape the World series is an annual festival hosted by the London School of Economics and Political Science. […]

Jose Eduardo Agualusa to Headline 2020 African Book Festival in Berlin 

Angolan author Jose Eduardo Agualusa poses for a photograph with his book A General Theory of Oblivion at a photocall in London on May 15, 2016, ahead of tomorrow's announcement of the winner of the 2016 Man Booker International Prize. / AFP / Leon NEAL        (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)

The Angolan author Jose Eduardo Agualusa will headline the 2020 African Book Festival in Berlin, curated by the Angolan musician […]

#Valentine’sDay | Which Book Character Are You in Love With? 17 Writers Tell Us

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Writers love to write about love. Even in the fabric of fundamentally political books are scintillating love stories. These love […]

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