Teju Cole


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 not-so-sexy subject for a sexy magazine. Alex Preston is white. 

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

Rick Ross is a Country

Yesterday outsized rapper Rick Ross (twitter handle: “Mastermind”) tweeted two pieces of exciting news at once: firstly that he had landed “in the beautiful country of Africa” and secondly that the anticipated release of labelmate Wale’s album...

Sunday, March 3rd, 2013

The Guardian’s thoughtless interview with Kony2012 creator Jason Russell

The Guardian’s Sunday edition, The Observer, have run the puff-piece nobody else wanted, a lengthy tête-à-tête with Jason Russell of Invisible Children infamy. “Jason Russell: Kony 2012 and the fight for truth” (illustrated by the photograph above) is...

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

What you should be reading

I wasn’t pleased with the selection of short stories listed for the Caine Prize this year. That list made African writing look bad. Truth be told, the problem associated with such collections is hardly applicable to the...

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

‘Coming to America’

Writer Teju Cole– he has a new novel, “Open City”–talks and writes about identity and immigration to The New Yorker.

Saturday, March 5th, 2011

Teju Cole takes the City

Our man Teju Cole’s novel “Open City,” set in post-9/11 New York City, is doing better than very well. The critics can’t stop raving about it. Now people need to buy it. A lengthy review in “The...

Sunday, December 19th, 2010

Teju Cole’s ‘Open City’

The writer Teju Cole (remember him from the Africa’s World Cup panel at The New School and his excellent, short novella about Lagos, “Every Day for the Thief“) was recently featured in The New York Times’ T...

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010

Video: Africa’s World Cup

I have been threatening to post the video of a panel discussion about the 2010 World Cup I hosted at The New School  earlier this month. Now I hope it lives up to the hype. The reason...

Monday, April 26th, 2010

Africa’s World Cup @ The New School

Africa’s World Cup THE NEW SCHOOL, 66 WEST 12TH STREET.  Room 510 Date: May 4, 2010 Time: 3-5 pm FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. The 2010 World Cup is historic: it will be the first time...

Saturday, October 24th, 2009

Film / New Documentary on Wole Soyinka

“Wole Soyinka: Child of the Forest,” director Akin Omotoso’s documentary film on the writer and activist Wole Soyinka will finally show here in New York City. On Friday, November 27, at 8pm. Logistics Akin, a South African...