Books

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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Own Music! Own Books!

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Owning media is now an act of countercultural defiance

From Popula
On August 11, 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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Idza Luhumyo’s Hair Politics

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A piece of intrusion fantasy, its prose carefully measured, tied to a Black woman’s hair.

From Olongo Africa
On July 27, 2022
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The First Responders the FDNY Left Behind

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De Blasio is out, sharks are in, and lieutenant paramedic Anthony Almjoera joins the pod to talk about Riding the Lightning, his new book about his wrenching pandemic year, how he thinks the FDNY let down and left behind medical first responders, and much more. WARNING: This episode includes conversation about suicide and suicidal thoughts.

From FAQ NYC
On July 21, 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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On Muslim YA Novels

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While the folks in my YA books were experience a blushing first romance, I was trying to reconcile pop culture with the teachings of my conservative Muslim upbringing.

From Preachy
On May 3, 2022
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In Challenge of a Single Story

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Kufre Usanga is a PhD student in the Department of English and Film Studies at the University of Alberta, where she researches petroculture and Indigenous literatures. Usanga holds the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Doctoral Award.

From Olongo Africa
On April 15, 2022
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EXTRA-METATEXTUALITY: A REVIEW OF CHUCK KLOSTERMAN’S THE NINETIES: A BOOK

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In his book "The Nineties", Chuck Klosterman is not interested in what’s conventionally understood or easily graspable but in the layers that either exist deep underneath or hover loftily. It’s what makes his essays and books so fun—it allows us to reconsider accepted wisdom.

From Tasteful Rude
On April 5, 2022
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What Kind of Writer Accuses Libraries of Stealing?

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a wrangle on the topic of Controlled Digital Lending

From Popula
On January 22, 2022
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Introducing the Olongo Talk Series

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Our interest at Olongo Africa is to promote the interest of African creative works, artists, writers, curators, and producers of culture, and to collaborate in ways to enhance their vision as it intersects with issues of the moment across African countries today.

From The Brick House Cooperative
On January 8, 2022
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The Men Who Put the “P” into “Politics”

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Karen Hinton, who worked for both Andrew Cuomo and Bill de Blasio, joins the pod to discuss her new memoir, Penis Politics: A Memoir of Women, Men and Power.

From FAQ NYC
On January 5, 2022
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