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Professor Taban Lo Liyong Suspended by University of Juba Over Open Letter on South Sudanese States’ Boundaries

The prominent South Sudanese academic and writer Taban Lo Liyong has been suspended without pay by the University of Juba, where he is a professor of literature, after he published an open letter to the US president Donald Trump’s emissary to the country, Tibor P. Nagy, addressing the problem of states and boundaries and urging […]

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Kenyan Writers React to 25-Year-Ruling Former President Daniel Arap Moi’s Death

Daniel Arap Moi. Credit: The New York Times. Kenya’s former president Daniel Arap Moi recently died. The ex-teacher and politician had ruled Kenya for 25 years, from his succession to Kenya’s first president Jomo Kenyatta in 1978 to his stepping down in 2002 after the constitution barred him from running again. He is, needless to […]

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Watch Liberian Journalist Clarice Gargard Talk Her Family History, the Civil Wars, & Charles Taylor

The Liberian Dutch-American journalist and social advocate Clarice Gargard recently shared her story of Liberia’s civil wars in a TEDx Amsterdam Women Talk. Based on the experience of her father who worked for the rebel leader and dictator Charles Taylor, her talk stressed the importance of sharing that which makes us human. It is a subject […]

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Dr Stella Nyanzi Receives Oxfam Novib/PEN International Award for Freedom of Expression

The Ugandan academic and gender and queer rights advocate Dr Stella Nyanzi has been awarded the 2020 Oxfam Novib/PEN International Award for Freedom of Expression, given annually to writers and journalists in recognition of their significant contribution to freedom of expression despite the danger to their own lives. The award ceremony was held as part […]

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The 2000s-10s Generation of Nigerian Writers Has Failed Politically | Michael Chiedoziem Chukwudera

1. At the Ake Arts and Books Festival in Lagos last October, the novelist Helon Habila said something about identifying as a “Nigerian writer.” “It is easier to identify as, say, an Igbo writer than a Nigerian writer,” he said. “This nation is a colonial construct; it was arbitrarily created; so, calling yourself a ‘Nigerian […]

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Black: The Literary Salon | Cassava Republic’s New Event Series to Celebrate Black Writing | 27 February

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Cassava Republic Press, in partnership with A + F Creative, will be launching a series of events to celebrate black […]

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Hosted Lupita Nyong’o in Lagos: How It Happened + Photos & Video

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Photos credited to CNA’s Team. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie hosted Lupita Nyong’o in a private dinner in Lagos, attended by notable […]

Ukamaka Olisakwe’s Forthcoming Novel, Ogadinma, Is a Feminist Story Set in ’80s Nigeria

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The Nigerian writer Ukamaka Olisakwe is set to release a new novel. Titled Ogadinma, or Everything Will Be All Right, […]

Resoketswe Manenzhe Wins 2020 Dinaane Debut Fiction Award for Her Novel, Scatterlings

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The 2020 Dinaane Debut Fiction Award has been awarded to the South African writer Resoketswe Manenzhe for her novel Scatterlings. […]

Down River Road, a New Print & Online Magazine Exploring the Alternative in Literature, Music, & Visual Art, Calls for Submissions to Second Issue

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A new Nairobi-based print and online magazine, down river road, is exploring the margins, the shifting centers, and the new […]

Dr Stella Nyanzi Wins Appeal at Ugandan Court, Regains Freedom, But Is Possibly Re-arrested

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Dr Stella Nyanzi is free. The academic, feminist and queer rights advocate has been in prison for criticising Uganda’s long-serving […]

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