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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie on what Americans get wrong about Africa (Video)

Chimamanda Adichie is vocal about many things and African literature ranks highly on that list.

Wole Soyinka at home in Abeokuta, Nigeria. Credit: theatlantic.com

A Nigerian Nobel Winner Exits Trump's America

“Trump’s wall is already under construction,” Wole Soyinka says. “Walls are built in the mind, and Trump has erected walls, not only across the mental landscape of America, but across the global landscape.”

Chibundu Onuzo, the author of Welcome to Lagos. Credit: thenational.ae/Getty Images

How a dream gave Chibundu Onuzo an idea to write her new novel Welcome to Lagos

The fallout from a much-hyped debut is never easy to handle, particularly when the author in question published her first book at 21.

Njideka Akunyili Crosby with her diptych painting Garden, Thriving, 2016. Credit: Graeme Robertson/The Guardian

The Nigerian artist who is exploding the myth of the ‘authentic African experience’

Njideka Akunyili Crosby is walking around the Victoria Miro gallery in east London, calmly examining her paintings.

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.

Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o is the writer the world needs now. Credit: qz.com/EPA/University of California

Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o: The Kenyan author who’s done more for literature than Bob Dylan, and should have won the Nobel Prize

Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o did not win the Nobel Prize in Literature, yet again. For years, the Kenyan writer has topped the list of contenders at betting sites, rivaling Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami, or with the case this year, American novelist Don DeLillo.

Kenyan writer and former political prisoner Ngugi wa Thiong'o at Howard University in Washington in 2006. Credit: Nikki Khan/The Washington Post

The Nobel Committee got it wrong: Ngugi wa Thiong'o is the writer the world needs now

The Kenyan writer has been a favorite to win for years. This year, according to gambling site Ladbrokes, the odds were 4-to-1 in Ngugi’s favor, with Haruki Murakami second at 7-to-1, and Don DeLillo at 12-to-1.

Not Louise Linton's Zambia. Credit: EPA/Stringer/qz.com

#LintonLies: Louise Linton's "white savior" memoir about her gap year in Zambia has been pulled from shelves

The now infamous memoir, In Congo’s Shadow by Scottish actress Louise Linton, is no longer for sale.

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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.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Lunch with the FT: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Over jollof rice in Lagos, the Nigerian novelist talks about race, gender, her hard-edged heroines and her optimism for her home country — while revealing some surprising news.

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Akosua Adoma Owusu to Adapt Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Short Story

Another novel by acclaimed Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is getting the film treatment.

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.

Uche and Chimamanda Adichie in Lagos, Nigeria, 2016

Why Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Considers Her Sister a "Firm Cushion" at Her Back

I remember standing at the foot of the long stairway in our new house, too frightened to climb, everything big and unfamiliar, until my sister Uche silently took my hand and we went up together.

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.

Chibundu Onuzo: ‘I discovered I was black when I moved to Britain 10 years ago.’ Photograph: Geraint Lewis/REX/Shutterstock

Yes, I'm black. But an ethnic minority? Forget it: Chibundu Onuzo

I discovered I was black when I moved to Britain 10 years ago. Before that, I was happily Nigerian when it came to my nationality, happily Igbo and Yoruba when it came to my ethnicity, and happily Lagosian when it came to my urban affiliation.

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.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Author of “Half of a Yellow Sun”

Baileys prize crowns Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie as its 'best of the best' of the last decade

Pitted against nine other titles – from Zadie Smith’s On Beauty to Eimear McBride’s A Girl Is a Half-formed Thing – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s novel of the Biafran war, Half of a Yellow Sun, has been named the best winner of the women’s prize for fiction of the last decade – by both the public and a 10-strong judging panel.

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13 Inspiring Quotes From Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Occasionally, I forget why I love reading so much and my book consumption drops precipitously, until I come across a book that jolts me out of my funk.

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.

The 2015 Caine Prize winner Namwali Serpell

Namwali Serpell becomes first Zambian to win the Caine Prize for African Writing

Zambia’s Namwali Serpell has won the 2015 Caine Prize for African Writing, described as Africa’s leading literary award, for her short story entitled “The Sack” from Africa39 (Bloomsbury, London, 2014).

Wole Soyinka: Nigerian playwright and poet. He was awarded the 1986 Nobel Prize in Literature, the first African to be honored.

Wole Soyinka dismisses claims he is too grand and old for Oxford poetry chair

Candidates for one of the most prestigious posts in poetry are embroiled in a war of words as Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka hit back at claims by broadcaster Melvyn Bragg that he was too old and “grand” for the role at Oxford University.

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.

Wole Soyinka: Nigerian playwright and poet. He was awarded the 1986 Nobel Prize in Literature, the first African to be honored.

Wole Soyinka leads candidates for Oxford Professor of Poetry, with 40+ nominations ahead of everyone else

Nobel laureate and political activist Wole Soyinka has put himself forward as one of three candidates for the position of Oxford professor of poetry, a 300-year-old elected post which is seen as the top academic poetry role in the UK.

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.

Chibundu Onuzo: She signed her first book deal at 19, becoming the youngest female author to sign to publishing giant Faber & Faber.

Young, Gifted, and Valid: Chibundu Onuzo, Author of novel "The Spider King's Daughter"

Quite a few people were strangely hostile to the idea of me writing a novel at 17. Either they were derisive, ‘You don’t know anything. What do you have to write about?’ Or they were dismissive, ‘Teenage novels are no good.’ Or they were concerned at what they saw as arrogant ambition, verging on hubris.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie on the World of African Literature

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, the best-selling Nigerian author, wants American readers to know that African writers don’t just write about Africa’s problems.

Lesley Nneka Arimah, Africa Regional Winner of the 2015 Commonwealth Short Story Prize

Read "Light" by Nigeria's Lesley Nneka Arimah, Africa Regional Winner of the 2015 Commonwealth Short Story Prize

When Enebeli Okwara sent his girl out in the world, he did not know what the world did to daughters. He did not know how quickly it would wick the dew off her, how she would be returned to him hollowed out, relieved of her better parts.

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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.

Apollo - A short story by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Apollo: A short story by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Twice a month, like a dutiful son, I visited my parents in Enugu, in their small overfurnished flat that grew dark in the afternoon.

Wole Soyinka, Africa’s first Nobel Laureate for Literature

Nigerians must forgive Buhari's past, says Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka

Africa’s first Nobel laureate for literature, Wole Soyinka, said Nigerians must show a Nelson Mandela-like ability to forgive president-elect Muhammadu Buhari’s past as an iron-fisted military ruler.

Chinua Achebe

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.

Chinua Achebe

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.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Credit: Akintunde Akinleye

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: An interview with Vogue

I’m on the shore of Lagos Lagoon with Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie on a late afternoon in January. It is harmattan season, when a hot wind blows across the Sahara, bringing dust that makes the sun glow dark gold as it hangs over the palm trees on the opposite shore.

Chinua Achebe

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.

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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie speaks about her novel Americanah at the Emirate Airline Festival of Literature

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s latest award-winning novel revolves around a Nigerian girl in America

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Author of “Americanah”

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's book Americanah makes The Guardian's list of readers' favorite books by women

The Guardian’s readers shared their favorite books by female authors ahead of International Women’s Day and in celebration of life-changing, beautiful, and inspiring stories by women.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Author of the award-winning and best-selling novel "Americanah"

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's "Americanah" comes to France

Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is one of Africa’s most feted writers. Her latest novel, “Americanah,” hit French bookstands this month.

Olikoye by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Illustrations by Wesley Allsbrook

Olikoye: A new short story by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

How softly the rain fell that Monday morning when my water broke. Because I was used to the raging downpours of Lagos, this quiet patter calmed me, filled me with peace.

Lupita Nyong'o and David Oyelowo will star in the film adaptation of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's novel Americanah

"Americanah" coming soon: You're really going to want to see Lupita's next movie

When we ran into David Oyelowo at last night’s Palm Springs International Film Festival Gala, we wanted to know — what’s next after Selma?