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The Older Generation of African Literary Scholars and their Obnoxious Idea of African Literary Tradition

    In this essay, our Founding Editor, Obinna Udenwe critically analyzes his understanding of the term, African literary tradition, and takes on the older generation of African literary scholars who denigrate contemporary authors and their works   What is African literary tradition? This question was posed to a panel of distinguished academics at a 2018 joint conference organised by the Association of Nigerian Authors in conjunction with the Alex Ekwueme-Federal University Ndufu Alike Ikwo in Ebonyi State on…

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A Weave of Reality, Fantasy and Magic in A Gecko’s Farewell – a Review

Title:                      A Gecko’s Farewell Author:                  Maik Nwosu Length:                  256 pages Genre:                   Fiction, Speculative Fiction, African Literature. Publisher/Year:     Parresia Publishers Ltd/2016  Rating:                  4.8/5 Reviewer: Obinna Udenwe   Writers who hope to make their mark must continually re-invent themselves and their craft. A great book must hold the reader captive with its narrative and descriptive powers – its plot must leave strong images in the reader’s mind, long after closing the book. These are…

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Positive Deviance and Appreciative Inquiry: The story of slowly transforming Sadai

    With development interventions’ increasing focus on utilizing a given community’s strengths in order to lead to desired outcomes, the field narrative detailed in this piece by the researcher Malvya Chintakindi sheds light on Sehgal Foundation’s (SF) work in Sadai village which serves as a case of successful utilization of positive deviance and appreciate inquiry.   Positive deviance is an approach to behavioral and social change based on the observation that in any community, there are people whose…

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The Use of Voice in Storytelling Part III

  In collaboration with Trish Nicholson, the New Zealander author of A Biography of Story, A Brief History of Humanity, we are publishing a three-part coaching series on “the use of voice in storytelling” – which is intended to help writers of fiction navigate and master how voice and dialogue are used to capture the attention of readers. As a prelude to this coaching series we had published a flash story, Runnin’ the River referenced in this series. We…

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The Mabati Cornell Kiswahili Prize has Awarded $38, 000 for Writings in African Literature

  In this op-ed, Lizzy Attree and Mukoma Wa Ngugi, co-founders of the Mabati Cornell Kiswahili Prize, explore the origin of the prize, its pillars, why the interest in African indigenous languages and their vision for using the prize to strengthen African cultures and its literary tradition   We launched the Mabati Cornell Kiswahili Prize for African literature in 2014 and have spent the last four years building the Prize into an institution we can be proud of. The…

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The Use of Voice in Storytelling Part II

  In collaboration with Trish Nicholson, the New Zealander author of A Biography of Story, A Brief History of Humanity, we are publishing a three-part coaching series on “the use of voice in storytelling” – which is intended to help writers of fiction navigate and master how voice and dialogue are used to capture the attention of readers. As a prelude to this coaching series we had published a flash story, Runnin’ the River referenced in this series. We…

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Nothing to be Done by Dermot O’ Sullivan

I was in London that summer when my father let slip the news of my mother’s condition to my relatives. My aunt Sadie was the only one with a phone, MACaulay 3286. ‘I don’t understand it Jerry. This is going on for years and there’s no improvement. Are the doctors over there any good?’             ‘There is nothing to be done.’             ‘Sorry? ’             ‘Nothing to be done.’ There was silence at both ends.             ‘Is it true…

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The Use of Voice in Storytelling

    In collaboration with Trish Nicholson, the New Zealander author of A Biography of Story, A Brief History of Humanity, we are publishing a three-part coaching series on “the use of voice in storytelling” – which is intended to help writers of fiction navigate and master how voice and dialogue is used to capture the attention of their readers. As a prelude to this coaching series we had published a flash story, Runnin’ the River referenced in this…

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Runnin’ the River by Trish Nicholson

  In collaboration with Trish Nicholson, the New Zealander author of A Biography of Story, A Brief History of Humanity, we will be publishing a three-part coaching series on “the use of voice in storytelling” – which is intended to help writers of fiction navigate and master how voice and dialogue is used to capture the attention of their readers. As a prelude to this, we have decided to publish this flash story, Runnin’ the River which is mentioned…

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Flirting With Khartoum: A Ghazal

    In this poem, Ahmad Holderness pens an ode to the Sudanese ancient city of Khartoum   Who are you now City where love reared herself a throne molded From dust   Blue and white skirts flow to the nape of your waist, inviting Snake on a desert; I’m a pattern in your dust   Mud house, melting like a pillar of salt, with stars Gazing from behind heaven’s tears, I become stardust   A boy begged for…

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