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About Me in Africa—Politics and Religion in my Childhood

A personal reflection on the effects of colonialism, racism, and religion on the North African identity

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‘A Very Young Judge’ by Leila Aboulela

A review of ‘A Very Young Judge’, a short story by Leila Aboulela, published in the landmark anthology ‘New Daughters of Africa’.

‘The Deep Blue Between’ by Ayesha Harruna Attah

Book Review of Ayesha Harruna Attah’s YA novel ‘The Deep Blue Between’, published in October 2020 by Pushkin Press.

In memory of Patrice Lumumba’s Independence Speech

A tribute to Patrice Lumumba and his Independence Speech.

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‘Three Sisters’ – A Nigerian Retelling

A personal recollection of ‘Three Sisters’ – a play by Inua Ellams’ (after Chekhov) – and its relevance to Biafra

‘The Old Drift’ by Namwali Serpell

Book Review of ‘The Old Drift’ by Namwali Serpell.

We Need More: African Orature in Focus

An opinion piece that calls for the preservation of African oral traditions in written form, regardless of language

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In Conversation with Margaret Busby

Ghanaian-born literary giant, Margaret Busby, talks to Alessandra about her second and most recent anthology, ‘New Daughters of Africa’

In Conversation with Lorna Goodison

Jamaican poet laureate, Lorna Goodison, talks to Alessandra about her first-ever collection of essays – ‘Redemption Ground’

In Conversation with Maaza Mengiste

Ethiopian-American author, Maaza Mengiste, talks to Alessandra about her most recent book – ‘The Shadow King’ – and the real-life events that inspired it.

The 21st Century African: How Nationalism changed Pan-Africanism

An opinion piece that examines the evolving state of Pan-African identity, through modern history.

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In Conversation with Angela Saini

British author, broadcaster, and journalist, Angela Saini, talks to Alessandra about her most recent book – ‘Superior: The Return of Race Science’