Scholastique Mukasonga on Writing and Mourning from Exile
Deborah Treisman interviews the author Scholastique Mukasonga about her short story “Grief,” from the June 22, 2020, issue of The New Yorker.
[Fiction Issue] ‘No one knew what to call the place that was halfway between dreams’—Read an excerpt from Abubakar Adam Ibrahim’s book, Dreams and Assorted Nightmares
The JRB presents an excerpt from the title story of Dreams and Assorted Nightmares, the new collection by Abubakar Adam Ibrahim. Dreams and Assorted Nightmares Abubakar Adam IbrahimMasobe Books, 2020 Read the excerpt: Dreams and Assorted Nightmares No one knew what to call the place that was halfway between dreams—a patch of earth, hugged on one...
Revisiting Afropolitanism: An Interview with Taiye Selasi
Taiye Selasi embodies and lives an immense freedom. This is partially because she feels at ease with multiple vocations, languages, places and people but also because she doesn’t quarrel with contradictions but straddles them with ease. She debuted on the literary scene in 2005 with her evocative an
Nigerian writers talk about ‘creating’ amid coronavirus crisis
As the Coronavirus pandemic drives Nigerians indoors, Bookshelf talks to writers on what it’s like to create during this period. As of last Monday, Nigeria’s Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Lagos, and Ogun states were locked down as directed by President Muhammadu Buhari during his national broadcast on Sunday, March 29. Those exempted, however, include hospitals, […]
On the Rise—and Cost—of the African Novel in English
If I write in English in a country in which English may still be called a foreign language, or in any case is spoken only by a minority, what use is my writing? –Chinua Achebe Nothing looks to fit …
Bernardine Evaristo, Chigozie Obioma, & Oyinkan Braithwaite Make 13-Strong Longlist for the 2019 Booker Prize
The 2019 Booker Prize longlist was announced hours ago, and on it are Bernardine Evaristo for her eighth book Girl, Woman, Other, Chigozie Obioma for his second novel An Orchestra of Minorities, and Oyinkan Braithwaite for her Women's Prize-shortlisted debut My Sister, the Serial Killer, which, at 3
White Privilege in African Studies: When You Are Done, Please Call Us
Self-Flagellation—“the action of flogging oneself, especially as a form of religious discipline; excessive criticism of oneself.” “Who is that in the ring? And what in heaven’s name are they doing?” asks an African Nairobi-based scholar. We are looking at a white Africanist, dressed in green, yel
(2020). Loss and Trauma in Ugandan Girls’ Ex-Child-Soldier Autobiographical Narratives: The Case of Grace Akallo and China Keitetsi. a/b: Auto/Biography Studies: Vol. 35, The Textualities of the Auto/biogrAfrical, pp. 533-555.
Writers should have entrepreneurial mindset – Sagir
Bello Sagir is a writer and linguist. He tells AWAAL GATA how makes money as a writer, against the popular notion that writing isn’t lucrative in Nigeria. What inspired you into writing? My desire to master both spoken and written English language is what took me into the world of words. At that time, around...