AFRICA

Risking Your Life to Get to School

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increasing abductions on the Abuja-Kaduna expressway

From Popula
On September 29, 2022
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Romeo Oriogun Earnestly Converses With Time And History

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Romeo Oriogun has always regarded his life as some form of “protest”, and in many ways, he’s not far from the truth.

From Olongo Africa
On October 6, 2022
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The Longest Memory

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I am more familiar with the poetry of Fred D’Aguiar than his prose, so I was thrilled when I discovered his debut novel at the Library of Africa and the African Diaspora (LOATAD) in Accra where I was a writer-in-residence in April earlier this year.

From Olongo Africa
On September 28, 2022
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Hope Is The Anthem That Runs Through No U-Turn

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In 1997, a young Ike Nnaebue, along with free of his friends, left Lagos, Nigeria for a journey across West Africa, hoping to get into Europe by road (and ultimately) by sea, but a fortuitous encounter at Mali’s capital city caused him to make a detour, one that would change the trajectory of his life forever.

From Olongo Africa
On September 13, 2022
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My Nigerian Apartment’s Solar Generator

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a new way to keep the lights on

From Popula
On August 26, 2022
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Bilateral Love Affair

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I love my country. But America Courts me — the man with everything.

From Olongo Africa
On August 19, 2022
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Biyi Bándélé: The Storyteller Departs

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The writer-director, author of Burma Boy, Biyi Bandélé, has passed.

From Olongo Africa
On August 9, 2022
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Are God’s Children Little Broken Things?

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Ifeakandu, in his debut, reveals the mundane and daring lives of gay men in Nigeria, conveying their everyday experiences with compassion.

From Olongo Africa
On August 5, 2022
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Born to Die

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They will ask me when I know, I’ll sigh and say not so long ago. It happened in fragments—piece by piece you came and filled up the empty space—and in a matter of time, you became my world.

From Olongo Africa
On August 2, 2022
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A Generation of Nigerian Students is Stranded

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But striking profs have an extremely valid point

From Popula
On July 29, 2022
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The Happiest People on Earth

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I come from the country / Of the Happiest People on earth, / Where death sells at ten for one kobo / And the Living envy the peace

From Olongo Africa
On July 18, 2022
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Questions for My Ailing Country

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A young police officer is standing with a woman I assume to be his mother. She is praying for him loudly, at a major junction on the streets of a Lagos suburb; speaking in tongues unashamedly while passers-by stare, some in admiration, others, not so much.

From Olongo Africa
On June 27, 2022
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Uchechukwu Peter Umezurike’s Double Wahala

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In Nigerian popular culture, ‘double wahala’ is a Pidgin English phrase that was made popular by ace Afrobeat musician and activist, Fela Anikulapo Kuti.

From Olongo Africa
On June 13, 2022
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