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AFRICA 39- NEW WRITING FROM AFRICA, SOUTH OF THE SAHARA

AFRICA 39- NEW WRITING FROM AFRICA, SOUTH OF THE SAHARA

Africa has produced some of the best writing of the 20th and 21st century, from Chinua Achebe, Ayi Kwei Armah, Ngugi wa Thiong’o, Nuruddin Farah, Ben Oki, Aminatta Forna and Brian Chikwavaand the Nobel laureates Wole Soyinka, Nadine Gordimer, J. M. Coetzee and Doris Lessing Who will be the next generation? Africa39 brought to worldwide attention 39 of the best writers under the age of […]

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I CHOSE TO LIVE by OKOLI UGOCHI JANE

I had gotten used to the traces of his fingers on my skin. Red and black like the edges of a ripe palm fruit. The little dots of pain that came together to form the shape of a single finger. All in five places or ten or twenty. I lost count.  I had gotten used to the sound of his yelling that echoed in my […]

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THE WHITE ABAYA BY SARAH UDOH GROSSFURTHNER

Prologue… Moments later a fragment of stained, white fabric rose from the rubble. Limp and forlorn, it fluttered for a second in mid-air before rising up, again. Up and up, the lone piece of abaya climbed, alongside the red-splashed pole, where it was snagged, eventually, by the mangled remains of the electric wire. And there it came to rest, along with other unidentifiable debris.   […]

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