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Afropolitan Tastes: Are you an Afropolitan? By Nnenna Onyewuchi, Founder, Yellow Brick Road

The term Afropolitan has been bandied around since Taiye Selasi used it in a 2005 article. At the time, she was using it to describe young, upwardly mobile, multilingual, sometimes multi-ethnic Africans in the Diaspora.

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.

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.

The Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie at the Hay Festival in 2012

Continental drift: Africa39, an anthology of writing from south of the Sahara, is too good to miss

In 2007, Britain’s Hay Festival collaborated with the Unesco World Book Capital project to publish Bogotá39, a literary collection that showcased the talents of 39 Latin American writers under the age of 40.

'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.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

New Wave of African Writers With an Internationalist Bent

More than a decade ago, when the young Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie was struggling to get her first novel, “Purple Hibiscus,” published, an agent told her that things would be easier “if only you were Indian,” because Indian writers were in vogue.