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Chronicling the African Renaissance

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Brittle Paper Literary Awards: the best of African literature online
2 weeks ago

Brittle Paper Literary Awards: the best of African literature online

The winners of the 2017 Brittle Paper Literary Awards have been announced. The Brittle Paper Literary Awards was established in August to recognize the finest, original pieces of African writing published online and …
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Celebrate African Heritage Month with your copy of Folktales are Forever
3 months ago

Celebrate African Heritage Month with your copy of Folktales are Forever

Experiencing the reality of a dream is fulfilling beyond words. You look back at the journey from start to finish, and all that matters is that you never gave up. …
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Virgin [Hair] stories: The First Time
10 months ago

Virgin [Hair] stories: The First Time

It took me a while but one day, all of a sudden, I loved it. I loved seeing how resistant its curls brushed against my comb. Curls no, coils. Every …
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A Tribute to Garissa Massacre Victims
2 years ago

A Tribute to Garissa Massacre Victims

A week ago I couldn’t wait to see my family

Excited to commune over the holiday break

All smiles and ablush at my new found love

Bursting with knowledge and …
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The Stabbed Souls
2 years ago

The Stabbed Souls

From fallow harvests thresh-field, He enmeshed, watchful, The hapless and unshaven souls About sackful stench of village strife, In procession to the subterranean shrine.

Their mouth-roofs shipwreck on Bougarabou drums, …
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In Lagos, Everyone Is Trying To Hammer, And The Nail Is F*cking Bent
2 years ago

In Lagos, Everyone Is Trying To Hammer, And The Nail Is F*cking Bent

If Nigeria were a walking, talking, human being, Lagos would be its heart, beating profusely to the ribcage-shattering pound of all the people living inside it, desperately trying to reach …
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Black Soul: Black Love Matters
2 years ago

Black Soul: Black Love Matters

Her mind always seemed to make love to the possibilities of forever. Forever was tempting. Forever tiptoed and slow danced in the darkest and deepest grooves of her brain—the basement …
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Love in the time of Nigerian passport
2 years ago

Love in the time of Nigerian passport

“He walks away, the sun goes down, he takes the day but I’m grown”– Amy Winehouse

They met in the most unusual way. Him sitting on a cold …
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My Father is a Nigerian Village Man
2 years ago

My Father is a Nigerian Village Man

“You know if anything happens, Lagos isn’t really your home, you have to go back to the village,” he would say seriously, as we merged onto the …
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Goodbye to the Girl I Once Was: A Placeholder
2 years ago

Goodbye to the Girl I Once Was: A Placeholder

“We weren’t dating, I was just a placeholder,” I say confidently, holding the mug to my lips, slit-like eyes watching you across the table, sipping coffee, my …
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