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A Dummy’s Guide to Soyinka’s Poem for Achebe

The chances are that you attempted to read “Elegy for a Nation,” the poem Soyinka published in the Nigerian Guardian in honor of Achebe on the day of his funeral. You scrolled down and estimated that the entire poem was about 300-line long, plus you spied the word “catafalque” in the first stanza and “caryatid” in […]

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RIP Achebe! View Photos from Achebe’s Funeral

Chinua Achebe was buried yesterday at his hometown in Ogidi, Anambra state.  Thousands of well-wishers came out to pay their last respects to a man who gave Africa so much. President Goodluck Jonathan attended in the company of Ghana’s President Mahama. The funeral had a heavy political presence. Ministers, governors, and senators were present in […]

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Elegy for the Nation by Wole Soyinka

For Chinua Achebe at 70 Ah, Chinua, are you grapevine wired? It sings: our nation is not dead, not clinically Yet. Now this may come as a surprise to you, It was to me. I thought the form I spied Beneath the frosted glass of a fifty-carat catafalque Was the face of our own dear […]

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Why Soyinka’s Sahara Reporters Interview is Disappointing

On Saturday, Soyinka gave a rather revealing account of his relationship with Achebe and his sense of Achebe’s work within the context of the African literary tradition. It was in the form an interview done by Sahara Reporters, who as we all know are very skilled at making interviewees respond to controversial questions. I find […]

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VIDEO | Chimamanda Remembers Achebe

News of Achebe’s passing is still fresh on our minds. Here is Chimamanda Adichie reflecting on the man and the writer in an interview by CNN London. She was interviewed live from Lagos.   If you were wondering what Wole Soyinka, Achebe’s good friend and literary compatriot, has said about his passing, here is an […]

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Whose World Will Give Us Shelter?

  There is only one home to the life of a river-mussel; there is only one home to the life of a tortoise; there is only one shell to the soul of man; there is only one world to the spirit of our race. If that world leaves its course and smashes on boulders of […]

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R. I. P Carlos!

Mexican novelist, Carlos Fuentes, died yesterday. He was 83. It’s sad when you hear about a novelist for the first time on the occasion of their death. I took a quick survey of his novels, and I’m adding his novel, Diana, The Goddess Who Hunts Alone, to a summer reading list that I’ve kicked off with the […]

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Statement: African Authors Sans Frontieres in Solidarity with African-Americans

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As African writers without borders who are connected beyond  geography with those who live in the United States of America […]

#SaveLambdaLiterary | Leading LGBTQ Literary Organization Needs Your Help

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Lambda Literary is struggling under the devastating financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic. On April 17, the organization launched a […]

Innocent Chizaram Ilo Awarded 2020 Commonwealth Short Story Prize for Africa Region

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Nigeria’s Innocent Chizaram Ilo is the regional winner for Africa of the 2020 Commonwealth Short Story Prize for their short […]

What We Are Reading This Week | Magical Tales About Life in Northern Nigeria

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BUY Cassava | Amazon A new edition of Abubakar Adam Ibrahim’s The Whispering Trees is out in Cassava Shorts, a […]

Poda-Poda Stories Calls for Submissions from Sierra Leonean Writers

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Poda-Poda Stories is a new digital platform curating Sierra Leonean literature. The platform was founded by Ngozi Cole, a Sierra […]

Petina Gappah’s Out of Darkness, Shining Light Wins the 2020 Chautauqua Prize

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Petina Gappah’s Out of Darkness, Shining Light is the winner of the 2020 Chautauqua Prize. The Chautauqua Prize has been awarded […]

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