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Posts Tagged: Nigeria

Acclaimed African Author Comes Out as Gay

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Supporters of African LGBT rights were so relieved about Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni’s veto of an anti-gay bill that they were nearly blindsided when Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan’s signed a similar bill into law.

The law prompted Binyavanga Wainaina, a prominent Kenyan author who also spends a lot of time in Lagos, Nigeria’s capital, to share something his wide readership did not know: he is gay.

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Teju Cole on Lagos

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When I’m in the US, I argue with those who think Lagos is too dangerous a place to visit….I’m less defensive about Lagos when I’m actually there. After a few days back home, I begin to accumulate irritations and fears…The city makes everyone tense and grouchy.

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Caine Prize Controversy Continues

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Prominent Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie sparked outrage in the African literary community last week with comments she made about the Caine Prize, a prestigious annual award for African writers.

Adichie said many things in her fascinating, no-nonsense Boston Review interview with Aaron Bady, but it was this dismissal that angered many: “But I haven’t even read the stories—I’m just not very interested.

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Soyinka Clears the Record on Achebe

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“Achebe A Celebrated Storyteller, But No Father Of African Literature, Says Soyinka.” The headline sound sensationalistic and snipey, but this interview with Wole Soyinka about the death of Chinua Achebe is nuanced and comprehensive, if more than a little prickly.

Soyinka discusses what it’s like to lose a friend and colleague—and what it’s like to deal with the media’s wrongheaded notions about the relationship between the two men and the literary scene they were a part of.

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“Nigeria Is Almost A Third Character In My Work”

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Check out this slideshow of work by emerging artist and Studio Harlem alum Njideka Akunyili, who grew up in New Haven, Nigeria, and got her MFA at Yale in New Haven, Connecticut.

Packed with references to other Nigerian artists like author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and musician Nelly Uchendu, the pieces explore the intersection between her old home country and her new one, the traditional and the modern.

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Politics Sunday

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If you haven’t yet heard about Goodluck Jonathan, the new President of Nigeria, you should read this article.

Why does everyone think artists are terrible at governing?

Andrew Sullivan posts the full report from the Office of Professional Responsibility on “Enhanced Interrogation Techniques,” otherwise known as torture.

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Postcards from Lagos

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The other week, Juxtapoz photographer Chris Osburn published a bunch of photos from a recent trip to Nigeria, and he’s calling the series Postcards from Lagos. He reports that Lagos is a place where you have to stay alert, lest you get robbed or run over by a motorcycle, but he still managed to take lots of great shots.

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The Thing Around Your Neck

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In her new short story collection, The Thing Around Your Neck, Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie moves back and forth between two continents the way she has in real life. Adichie depicts contemporary middle class Nigeria, as well as the lives of Nigerian women newly arrived in the United States—wives, girlfriends of Americans, au pairs—adjusting to a new country.

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