For parents, skin colour is often a difficult subject and dealing with it through storytelling can be a useful aid.
The public politics of African writers has been in the spotlight again due to the bitter disagreement between Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Akwaeke Emezi over transgender issues.
There is something beautiful about African languages carrying science, fictionalised of course, into imagined futures.
Undocumented for decades, black South African feminists are increasingly visible. The essays in Surfacing present 22 leading thinkers.
She believed that writing is an act of speaking the truth, an act of courage, that must serve the people and not those in power.
To understand her contribution to public debate, it’s important to see her in the context of the historical moment that made her work possible, necessary and provocative.
A firebrand activist for women’s rights, her novels espoused truths that made her hugely unpopular with the government.
A literary icon, her autobiographies offer a way of understanding the country’s brutal past in order to heal and move forward.
Aliens arrive in Lagos in Nnedi Okorafor’s celebrated sci-fi novel Lagoon – and with them they bring a future free of restrictive gender norms.
According to a new book, the friendships among women in the novel reveal its author Sol T. Plaatje’s view of effective political struggle.
J.P Clark’s work moved beyond agitating for justice in Nigeria’s Niger Delta. He was in love with nature.
Western critics hailed the 1952 book as a great work of African fantasy. In fact it’s better understood as a pioneering work of African science fiction.
In each of his novels, he explored questions that shifted South Africa’s cultural debates, especially about memory and race.
Black Lives Matter brings the slavery story into the present in America – but it leaves Africa stuck in the past.
Hundreds of handwritten letters found in an archive have revealed the real import of the writer’s enduring influence.
That none of his collections were published in apartheid South Africa testifies to the police state’s censorship.
An African literature lecturer shares how embodied teaching can help students feel that their lives and stories matter.
Brutus’s life was closely interlinked with the rise of apartheid and offered a way to look at resistance to this system.
A study of the late Keorapetse Kgositsile shows how the poet influenced black American culture. It also shows how his mother and his grandmother’s oral traditions in turn influenced him.
Crime fiction is the second most popular literary genre in Africa after romance. A reading of Kenyan author Mũkoma wa Ngũgĩ’s Black Star Nairobi reveals how it has disrupted the genre.