Best African Literature on the Net in 2016


In the spirit of celebrating African literature in 2016, we have compiled what we call our Best African Literature on the Net in 2016. This list is not definitive, it is a reflection of our taste at EXPOUND and mostly, the choice of some of our friends and readers. We appreciate the efforts of our friends like Brittle Paper, Jalada,…

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ISSUE #8: The Woman Issue


Guest Editor’s Note by Unoma Azuah FICTION: Unsuitable Ties by Sefi Atta The Dress That Fed the Suit by Zukiswa Wanner Angry Vaginas: Meet Project Douche by JT Lawrence Unreliable Nipples by Halima Aliyu Yoyin of the Captivating Form by Rafeeat Aliyu Will My Life Be the Same Again? by Temitayo Olofinlua   NONFICTION: Besieged by 3 Caesars–In Search of…

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Unsuitable Ties by Sefi Atta


She would rather not be here tonight. For her, a dinner party at a hotel – especially a five-star hotel like this in London – is research work. She might notice a seating-card design, a flower arrangement or some other catering idea she can use when she returns to Lagos. She will study the menu from hors d’oeuvres to desserts.…

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Two Poems by Liyou Libsekal


Into the Earth hands unfurled like asters blooming bold, they expose their center as though to say give what you will what you take I will shed onto the earth I try to keep, keep open to breathe like avid cells leaves crisp like endings should drop with ease from a stem and I want to be weightless, girl in…

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An Interview With JT Lawrence by Jason Mykl Snyman


Janita, thanks so much for agreeing to an interview with EXPOUND – and congratulations on the recent release of another great book – Grey Magic. Today, however, in honour of the Woman’s Edition, we’d like to talk a bit about another of your works – The Underachieving Ovary.   Tell us a little bit more about your memoir. Where did…

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The Period in Puberty by Jumoke Verissimo


You want to know how it is with me brother after I saw the blood You want to know if my breast wears down my chest when I breathe, How the soft heaving settle to carry the burden of every of my sighs. You want to know if sometimes I feel like I could do better as you Subtracting me.…

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Farming, Tending by Bineh Ndefru


My grandmother wore the world Like she wore the same printed cloth around her waist Year after year. She carried it, ripe and sweet smelling Heavy, but steady upon her crown. She carried, both arms shaking But not to spill a drop of its waters. She tied it sleeping on her back. And again. Every time it cried out. She…

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Three Poems by Sarah O’Neal


عسل it’s petty, how i want you to taste copper when you remember me and everything that was you still crave my fingers—strong but timid, remember how i used them to carve myself absent promised to swallow whatever drowned me first until salt grew thick in my lungs burned through my nostrils like wildfire my aunt, ankles swollen with grief…

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