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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

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Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

The Dangers of a Single Book Cover: The Acacia Tree Meme and “African literature”

“Like so many (wildly varying) writers on Africa, Chimamanda Adichie gets the acacia tree sunset treatment. Whether Wilbur Smith or Wole Soyinka, Rider Haggard or Bessie Head, apparently you get the same cover imagery.” We’re obliged to Simon Stevens, a reader who put together the picture above and pointed out that whoever you are, wherever

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

Chimamanda Adichie lines up the homophobic arguments and knocks them down one by one

We’ve seen a range of responses from African intellectuals to the crisis of homophobia, especially in states that are planning  oppressive anti-gay laws As well as Binyavanga Wainaina, several Nigerian intellectuals have also weighed in. Yesterday was...

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

How to deal with reporters like Alex Preston

So journalist Alex Preston jetted into town from a posh Western capital. Alex Preston went to a Nigerian city of eerie silence, billowing clouds of dust, darkness and war. Alex Preston wrote a sexy story about a...

Monday, September 16th, 2013

Review of the film version of “Half of a Yellow Sun” (Chimamanda Adichie’s novel)

Talented novelist, playwright, and screenwriter Biyi Bandele’s adaption of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s novel “Half of a Yellow Sun” is a valiant attempt at making visible not only Adichie’s epic but heart-wrenching story of Nigeria’s Biafran War. Yet...

Friday, August 23rd, 2013

A fresh dose of the Chimurenga Chronic

For those of us seeking to get our fix of media with substance, it’s time once again to take a hit of the Chronic. Chimurenga, the recalcitrant pan-African multimedia institution based in Cape Town, has just released...

Sunday, April 14th, 2013

Weekend Special, N°1000

With this, I am bringing back Weekend Special for all those things we don't have the time to blog about or say more than the required 140 characters on Twitter.

Monday, April 1st, 2013

Afrique 3.0, Version 2.0

Flying back from Dakar and Bamako to my home near “Little Senegal,” I snatched up Courrier International’s special issue “Afrique 3.0″ while passing through Paris. Tom made a quick survey of it just as it hit the...

Monday, October 8th, 2012

Chinua Achebe reflects on Biafra, but for whom?

It is a long time already since the Biafran War (1967-1970) to write a memoir, and it makes me wonder how affective Chinua Achebe’s narrative in The Guardian is to his audience. Achebe’s new book, There Was...

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012

The Danger of a Single TED Talk

Africa.com have made a movie that’s going to change the way you think about Africa. If the trailer is any indication of what the film’s about, then we’ve reached only one conclusion: Africa is officially boring. We’ve blogged...

Tuesday, September 11th, 2012

The Farafina Creative Writing Workshop

Guest Post by Yewande Omotoso If someone told me when I was five or fifteen that at thirty-two I would sit in an air-conditioned room in Lagos, on Victoria Island, with a woman named Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie...

Monday, July 30th, 2012

Summer List: More Readings in New Academic Books

Segregation: A Global History of Divided Cities by Carl Nightingale (University of Chicago Press, 2012) examines the world history of segregation, highlighting the notorious role played by South Africa in dividing communities along racial lines (a central...