Yvonne Owuor Attacked in Nairobi by City Inspectorate, Arrested and Charged to Court

Reports reaching us have it that Kenyan novelist Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor, author of Dust, was attacked and arrested in Nairobi by the Nairobi County Inspectorate, infamously known as the “kanjo.” Ms. Owuor was standing outside Lavington Mall in Nairobi when the “kanjo” descended on local traders nearby. She didn’t run in the ensuing commotion as she didn’t... Continue Reading →

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Wole Soyinka’s Former Residence at Obafemi Awolowo University Becomes a Museum

You know you’ve arrived when a place where you once lived is turned into a museum. That’s exactly what has happened to Nobel Prize Laureate Wole Soyinka. A house where he lived in Ife during his time as a lecturer at the Obafemi Awolowo University was recently made into a museum. In 1963, Wole Soyinka... Continue Reading →

Event | An Evening of Poetry, Music, and Conversation with Gbenga Adesina and Kechi Nomu at Angels & Muses, Lagos

African Poetry Book Fund (APBF) and Angels & Muse—Victor Ehikhamenor’s artsy co-working space—is bringing to Lagos an intimate evening of poetry, music, and stimulating conversation with Gbenga Adesina and Kechi Nomu, two of the best known Nigerian poets of the new generation. The event is themed “Private Histories, Bodies and Radical Tenderness” and will be moderated by the poet... Continue Reading →

Wreck Love…by Lawal Mutalib Tunde/ poetry 

W​RECK LOVE Instead of stabbingHis heart,Why don't you justStab his chest?In lieu of showingLove lust in yourEyes and havingLovelorn in your heart.Why don'tYou just kill himAnd swallow the Knife.For hisHeart was asScars furnishedWith series ofExperiences.What deceivedHim most wasThat of his trustworthyWho believedIn the heartOf gold,Like that ofAnne FrankWhose fragrancesOf love was Immortal.What downgradedHim most wasThat... Continue Reading →

Safia Elhillo, Koleka Putuma, Kemiyondo Coutinho in Forbes’ 30 Under 30 List

Four writers have been named in Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list for 2018: Sudanese poet Safia Elhillo and South African performance poet Koleka Putuma—both of whom were shortlisted for the 2017 Brittle Paper Award for Poetry—Ugandan playwright-actress Kemiyondo Coutinho, and Nigerian writer-filmmaker Sonia Irabor. They are included alongside such entertainers as South African rapper Cassper Nyovest, South African singer Shekhinah, Nigerian... Continue Reading →

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