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African Literature: Ekwensi & John Tafida’s Jiki Magayi

Could This Be Literary Fraud? Dissecting Cyprian Ekwensi’s An African Night Entertainment And John Tafida’s Jiki Magayi By Ibrahim Musa In the literary world, Cyprian Ekwensi is a household name. This holds true particularly for the volume of work he churned out within the corpus of African literature. He was a very good story teller, especially of the urban tale, that many people see him as a better story teller than the Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka or even the more famous novelist, Chinua Achebe. In stark contrast, John Tafida can…

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Interviews 

11 Questions: Althea Romeo Mark, Writer, Poet, Educator

Althea Romeo Mark is an educator and poet who grew up in the U.S. Virgin Islands. She earned a B.A. in English and Secondary Education from the University of the Virgin Islands and a M.A. in Modern American Literature from Kent State University in the U.S.A. She considers herself a citizen of the world having lived and taught in the Virgin Islands, U.S.A, Liberia, England and now currently Switzerland. She has published 5 collections of poems as well as various short stories and poems in a variety of literary magazines….

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Chibundu Onuzo: what I read growing up in Lagos

The author of The Spider King’s Daughter tells us how she grew up reading European classics in Nigeria, consuming her African literature orally until discovering Chinua Achebe when she was 14 years old Growing up in Lagos, the closest library to my house was an hour’s drive away. It was a private library, moderately well stocked and tidily catalogued but you could only borrow one book at a time. If you have to drive an hour each time you want to borrow a book, you’re going to borrow the biggest…

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Editor's Desk Politics 

A mental tyranny is keeping black writers from greatness

By Ben Okri We should not be expected to write about slavery, poverty or racial injustice. The greatest literature comes not from the heaviest subjects but from freedom of thought Living as we do in troubling times, we look to writers to reflect the temper of the age. The essential thing is freedom. A people cannot be great or fulfilled without it. A literature cannot be great without it either. The basic prerequisite of literature is freedom. And the first freedom is mental freedom. For it is possible to be…

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