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‘Four Hundred Souls’ eds. Ibram X. Kendi & Keisha N. Blain

A review of ‘Four Hundred Souls’ edited by Ibram X. Kendi and Keish N. Blain.

About Me in Africa […]

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

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‘Virtually Yours’ Returns with Natasha Omokhodion

Zukiswa Wanner returns with another instalment of ‘Virtually Yours’

The Storm

A recollection of the fall of a once-great people

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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’