Today, 84 years ago, a literary giant was born. Chinua Achebe will always be remembered for his colossal contribution to the establishing of modern African literature
With Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s storytelling prowess, a big budget, tremendous goodwill and a talented director, Half of a Yellow Sun should have been great. So why was it just OK? And where were the Nigerians?
That Kiswahili words and phrases sometimes crop up in western pop culture is not surprising; it is, after all, the most widely spoken African language on the continent. But every so often its use leaves native speakers a little puzzled.
Hundreds of recordings by an early generation of Kenyan musicians are currently being returned to the communities in which these songs were made in the 1950s by an English ethnomusicologist to stimulate interest in Kenya’s musical heritage
From selling vagina-tightening creams to impersonating a police officer and setting up a roadblock to do you know what, unemployment in Zimbabwe merely provides inspiration for the creative mind in search of money making opportunities.
Every social media savvy Nigerian knows Linda Ikeji, or should know her, and it is almost impossible to have a conversation centred on online media in Nigeria without her name popping up, one way or another
Binyavanga Wainaina, the controversial and witty Kenyan writer, was in Nigeria for another instalment of Farafina’s creative writing workshop. He spoke with TIA’s Chiagozie Nwonwu about the richness of African fiction today, the Caine Prize, politics and more.