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The Beautiful Things that Heaven Bears

The Beautiful Things that Heaven Bears

 “How is America today, Stephanos?” Joseph asks me.

 “He hates it,” Kenneth says.

 “That’s because he doesn’t understand it’….’I’ve told you,’ he says. ‘This country is like a bastard child. You can’t be angry when it doesn’t give you what you want.

After leaving Ethiopia seventeen years ago, Sepha Stephanos lives in the United States where he owns a small, low-profit grocery. This business and…

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Ahmed Yerima: An interview with the Esteemed African Playwright

Ahmed Yerima: An interview with the Esteemed African Playwright

Ahmed Yerima is one of Africa’s most esteemed playwrights and has written over a dozen award-winning historical plays set in and around Nigeria. Some of his plays include; The Lottery Ticket; Yemoja; Hard Ground; Attahiru; The Trials of Oba Ovoramwem; Kaffir’s Last Game, and more. In 2006, Yerima was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian National Theatre, before that he served as…

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The best books on Sudan: start your reading here

The best books on Sudan: start your reading here

Originally posted on Sudan Entrepreneurz Hub:

Tragedies – personal and political, fictional and all too real – abound in our literary tour of SudanMDG : World Library on SudanSuggested reading on Sudan: Season of Migration to the North, Lyrics Alley and Sudan. Photograph: PR Season of Migration to the North by Tayeb Salih

After several years studying abroad, an unnamed narrator returns to his “small village at the bend…

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Glenna Luschei African Poetry Prize

Glenna Luschei African Poetry Prize

The Glenna Luschei Prize for African Poetry, under the auspices of the African Poetry Book Fund and in partnership with the literary journal, Prairie Schooner, is an annual award of USD $5,000. Named for the literary philanthropist Glenna Luschei, this Pan African Poetry Prize is the only one of its kind in the world and was established to promote African poetry written in English or in…

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6 Amazing Books by African Women You Have to Read

6 Amazing Books by African Women You Have to Read

So Long a Letter by Mariama BâSo Long a Letter is an epistolary novel written in the voice of Ramatoulaye, a Senegalese school teacher. Addressed to her best friend Aissatou, the letters chronicle Ramatoulaye’s emotional journey after her husband’s second marriage and his unexpected death. Considered a classic of contemporary African women’s literature, So Long a Letter is a must-read for…

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