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The Young Soninke: A Brief History on African Immigration.

Migration has played a significant role in African’s history. At first the departures were not aimed at Europe but occurred internally, from state to state. The main destinations for West Africans were Ivory Coast and the Democratic Republic of Congo,…

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Sex, Prince, and Rock & Roll

The sudden death of the gender-queer music icon Prince Rogers Nelson at his home in Paisley Park Studios has shocked the world. As much controversy hovers over his family and the causes of his death, Prince’s music currently populates a…

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Afropolitanism is BS and Books That Inspire Africa39 Writers

Bwesigye bwa Mwesigire The Africa39 project needs no introduction. Does it? I think African Books To Inspire however needs. In fact, requires. Most times, when writers are invited to speak on panels, to participate in conversations, it is about their…

100 Must Read Nigerian Novels

Ben Okri sits among the greats, not only of Nigerian or African literature, but of the world’s literature. Here is a list including his 1991 novel The Famished Road. Seeing the names of such esteemed Nigerian Novelists alongside Okri’s in…

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JJ Bola: Who are “they” that Okri is referring to?

Poet and spoken word performer JJ Bola responds to Ben Okri’s article in The Guardian on the mental tyranny keeping black writers from greatness. Whilst acknowledging the value of Okri’s argument, Bola takes to task what he sees as a…