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Anthony Joshua

Anthony Joshua: Fighting for Britain but fueled by Nigeria (by Chibundu Onuzo)

The champion’s origins are spelt out in his tattoo and his liking for pounded yam and egusi. But while he’s on the rise, the British press probably won’t report it.

The images of Igbo before: An interview with Chiadikobi Nwaubani, Founder of Ukpuru

The images of Igbo before: An interview with Chiadikobi Nwaubani, Founder of Ukpuru

Culture is always evolving and changing. Like Chimamanda Adichie said, “Culture does not make people, people make culture.”

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Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart (Audio)

In 1958, Nigerian writer, Chinua Achebe, published his first book “Things Fall Apart”. It was set in pre-colonial rural Nigeria and examines how the arrival of foreigners led to tensions within the Igbo society.

Chibundu Onuzo, Author of "The Spider King's Daughter"

What I read growing up in Lagos: Chibundu Onuzo

Growing up in Lagos, the closest library to my house was an hour’s drive away. It was a private library, moderately well stocked and tidily catalogued but you could only borrow one book at a time.

Chigozie Obioma, author of “The Fishermen”, is one of six writers vying for one of the world's most prestigious book prizes. Photo: Craig Chandler/University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Nigerian author Chigozie Obioma shortlisted for Man Booker Prize 2015

For his celebrated debut novel, The Fishermen, Nigerian writer Chigozie Obioma is one of six authors vying for this year’s Man Booker prize, one of the most prestigious book prizes in the world.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie - The Danger of a Single Story

The danger of a single story (TED Talk): Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Video)

Our lives, our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories. Novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice — and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding.

Amy Jadesimi, MD, LADOL (Lagos Deep Offshore Logistics Base)

Nigeria's New Direction: Amy Jadesimi, MD, LADOL (Lagos Deep Offshore Logistics Base)

Muhammadu Buhari’s inauguration on May 29, 2015 has taken Nigeria in a new direction, one that is so far characterized by national pride and international confidence.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

The Oba's words matter: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie on the recent threat made by the Oba of Lagos

A few days ago, the Oba of Lagos threatened Igbo leaders. If they did not vote for his governorship candidate in Lagos, he said, they would be thrown into the lagoon. His entire speech was a flagrant performance of disregard.

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Chinua Achebe: After Empire - An interview with The New Yorker from 2008

In a myth told by the Igbo people of Nigeria, men once decided to send a messenger to ask Chuku, the supreme god, if the dead could be permitted to come back to life.

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Chinua Achebe: An African Voice - An interview with The Atlantic from 2000

Chinua Achebe’s emergence as "the founding father of African literature … in the English language," in the words of the Harvard University philosopher K. Anthony Appiah, could very well be traced to his encounter in the early fifties with Joyce Cary’s novel Mister Johnson, set in Achebe’s native Nigeria.

Renowned Nigeria author, Chinua Achebe, was the winner of the 2007 Man Booker International Prize.

Africans dominate list of finalists for the 2015 Man Booker International Prize

The "Memoirs of a Porcupine," the "Confessions of the Lioness" and the lessons from the Sahara desert are just some of the titles and themes explored by the four authors from Africa who are among 10 finalists for the Man Booker International Prize.

Chinua Achebe. Image credit: newafricanmagazine.com

2 years later: Remembering Chinua Achebe, Nigeria's world-renowned literary icon

It has been two years since the passing of the world-renowned Nigerian literary icon and social critic, Chinua Achebe. The man of letters passed on January 21st, 2013 in a Boston hospital after a brief illness, leaving many Nigerians in shock and rattling the literary world.

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Chinua Achebe: An interview with the Paris Review

Chinua Achebe was born in Eastern Nigeria in 1930. He went to the local public schools and was among the first students to graduate from the University of Ibadan. After graduation, he worked for the Nigerian Broadcasting Corporation as a radio producer and Director of External Broadcasting, and it was during this period that he began his writing career.

Wole Soyinka, the first African to win the Nobel Prize for Literature

Game Changers Africa: Wole Soyinka (Video)

In 1986, Nigerian author and playwright Wole Soyinka, became the first African to win the Nobel Prize for Literature.

Pius Adesanmi, Professor of English and African Studies, Carleton University

Africa's new story won't be told without its diaspora: Pius Adesanmi, Professor of English and African Studies, Carleton University

If 21st century Africa is a story struggling for equality in the global community of stories, to paraphrase Africa’s most famous novelist, Chinua Achebe, then Bob Geldof, Bono, and international aid and charity organizations are not the only actors seeking a space in that narrative.

'Ghana Must Go' by Taiye Selasi

African writers take center stage

Take a moment and think of an African author. Have you got the name in mind? Keep it there for a minute.