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, Saraba, Praxis Magazine, Afridiaspora, Enkare, Olisa Tv and Bakwa Magazine and others for their exceptional support for African writers beyond stereotype in 2016.  As we look forward to more success for African writers in 2017, we want to use this list to remind the world and our African audience what a great year 2016 was for Africa.

 

 

 

Akwaeke Emezi’s: The Texture of Joy: A Stowaway Story in Adda

 

Bineh Ndefru: Farming, Tending in EXPOUND

 

Chibuihe-Light Obi: Of Wars, Photographs and Memories in EXPOUND

 

Dami Ajayi: Modern Juju Music in Bakwa Magazine

 

David Ishaya Osu: Together in Up The Staircase Quarterly

 

Gbenga Adesina: How to Paint a Girl in The New York Times

 

Hawa Jande Golakai: Fugee in Granta

 

Petina Gappah: A Short History of Zaka the Zulu in New Yorker

 

Ikhide R. Ikheloa: Jollof Rice Wars, Cultural Appropriation, and the Ugly Heart of the Other’s Darkness in Enkare Review

 

JK Anowe: In a Descent into Madness I Rarely Roam in Praxis Magazine

 

Kenechi Uzor: Infidel in Afridiaspora

 

Ladan Osman: For the Woman Whose Love Is a Bird of Passage in Natalie Jabbar

 

Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o: The Upright Revolution: Or Why Humans Walk Upright in Jalada

 

Okwudili Nebeolisa: C’est Grande Monde Panorama

 

Oris Aigbokhaevbolo: How Not to Write a Review: On Tope Folarin’s Genesis and the Caine Prize in Olisa Tv

 

Petina Gappah: A Short History of Zaka the Zulu in New Yorker

 

Pwaangulongii Dauod: Africa’s Future Has No Space for Stupid Black Men in Granta

 

Rasaq Malik Gbolahan: How My Mother Spends Her Nights  in Rattle

 

Rasaq Malik Gbolahan: Where a Poem Begins in CoAL

 

Rumbi Makanga: Maybe This is How I die in EXPOUND

 

Saddiq Dzukogi: I Checked My Husband’s Black Skin and Remembered to Call My Son in Heart Magazine

 

Saddiq Dzukogi: Parenthesis  in Cleaver Magazine

 

Safia Elhillo: At the Intersection in Elephant Media

 

Sefi Atta: Unsuitable Ties in EXPOUND

 

Suzanne Ushie: Let’s Talk About Something Else in Saraba

 

TJ Benson: In the Spirit of Ake in Praxis Magazine

 

TJ Benson: The Spirit and the Chi in Brittle Paper

 

Tom Jalio: A Red Scar on African poetry: Anatomy of a Serial Plagiarist in African Arguments

 

Wale Owoade: After in The Indianola Review

 

Wale Owoade: Because Your Body Took the Wrong Way Home in Brittle Paper

 

 

 

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