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How African book clubs are bringing together readers from across the world

Going to university 4,000 miles from the place she grew up wasn’t easy for 22-year-old Ayobami Lawal. She was raised in Port Harcourt, Nigeria, and at the age of 17 moved to the UK, where she’s now studying chemical engineering at the University of Bath. Looking for a way to feel more connected to home, Lawal discovered an online book club, the Happy Noisemaker, based in Nigeria. “I figured that the people attending would be similar to me, and I wouldn’t feel so foreign,” she tells CNN. In February, Lawal…

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