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The first three books Cassava is publishing in the US. Credit: Cassava/Quartz

Nigerian book publisher Cassava Republic is opening shop in the US

For eons, piracy in African book publishing has been something that booksellers lived with and factored in as part of the climate of doing business.

Food for thought: Cover of ‘Longthroat Memoirs’ by Yemisi Aribisala © Cassava Republic

Publisher's expansion brings Nigerian writers to world stage

Nigerian novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie warned in 2009 about the danger of hearing a “single story” about a person, country or continent.

The Durbar festival in Sokoto, Nigeria, an annual event that that features prayers, music players and a military parade. Photograph: Saurabh Das/AP

"Born on a Tuesday" by Elnathan John: A review by Chika Unigwe

At the centre of Elnathan John’s insightful debut novel about religious extremism in Nigeria is its eponymous protagonist, Dantala, whose name translates as Born on a Tuesday.

Elnathan John, Author of "Born on a Tuesday"

I want to show that things are never simple: Elnathan John, Author of the novel "Born on a Tuesday"

The Nigerian writer and satirist on his first novel, Born on a Tuesday, a study of a young man caught up in Islamic fundamentalism.

Author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie poses with her novel "Americanah" ahead of the 2014 Bailey's Women's Prize for Fiction in London June 4, 2014. She was a 2002 finalist of the Caine Prize. Photo: Neil Hall/Reuters/File

The Caine Prize: Is it the foreign gatekeeper of Africa's fiction?

Since its inception 15 years ago, one of Africa’s most prominent literary prizes has been at the center of debate over what constitutes as African literature. The Caine Prize committee announced its 2015 finalists on Tuesday.

Nigeria's Elnathan John's “Flying” in Per Contra is one of the five writings shortlisted for the 2015 Caine Prize for African Writing.

Here are the five finalists for the 2015 Caine Prize for African Writing

The five writer shortlist for the 2015 Caine Prize for African Writing has been announced by Chair of judges, award-winning South African writer Zoë Wicomb. In a sign of the established calibre to be found in African writing and as the Caine Prize matures in its sixteenth year, the shortlist includes one past winner and two previously shortlisted writers.