Lists & Recommendations

February 2, 2024

In a storied year for Nigerian cinema, our inaugural list prioritizes the realization of narrative, and these features stand out.

January 26, 2024

From Chigozie Obioma, Teju Cole, and Akwaeke Emezi to Safia Elhillo, Olumide Popoola, and Tares Oburumu: the anticipated books of 2024.

January 16, 2024

In a year of ensembles, in which it fell on collective performances to elevate stories, these actors stood out — among the films and TV series we saw.

January 11, 2024

From Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Teju Cole, and Leila Aboulela to DK Nnuro, Momtaza Mehri, and Fatin Abbas: the notable books of 2023 by Africans.

February 19, 2023

Announcing the first formal bestseller list in Nigerian literature, covering fiction, nonfiction, poetry, children’s books, and self-published titles, with an overall Top 100.

February 11, 2023

From Ngugi wa Thiong’o, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Ben Okri, and Leila Aboulela, to Chigozie Obioma, Sarah Ladipo Manyika, and Ayobami Adebayo, here are the over 100 books expected to lead the literary conversation this year.

December 29, 2022

From Warsan Shire, Romeo Oriogun, and Safia Elhillo to Arinze Ifeakandu, Akwaeke Emezi, NoViolet Bulawayo, and Chinelo Okparanta: our second annual highlight of the top titles of the year by African writers.

May 28, 2022

March 31, 2022

For Women’s History Month: global, continental, and national literary icons from the 20th century.

February 14, 2022

For Valentine’s Day, we asked 28 writers—deep readers and consumers of art—to share the literary, cinematic, musical, and life stories that affect them. They opened up beautifully.

February 12, 2022

The Booker Prize winner is on the February 2022 cover of Open Country Mag.

February 2, 2022

From Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, NoViolet Bulawayo, and Arinze Ifeakandu to Warsan Shire and Romeo Oriogun, here are over 50 books expected to lead the literary conversation.

January 21, 2022

Including The Threepenny Review, A Public Space, Isele, and Lolwe.

December 29, 2021

From Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Bernardine Evaristo to Teju Cole, Damon Galgut, and Mohamed Mbougar Sarr, our first annual highlight of the top titles of the year by African writers.

October 9, 2021

He is the first Black writer in 28 years, the second Black African, and the first East African laureate in literature. Here are the Tanzanian’s 10 novels.

October 8, 2021

In awarding the Tanzanian novelist, short story writer, critic, and former academic, the Swedish Academy recommends these.

July 15, 2021

“Only one universal ideology answers human cruelties, the excesses of power, bigotries, social inequalities and alienation: Literature,” wrote Africa’s first Nobel laureate in literature, who turned 87 this week.

January 19, 2021

. . . by RezThaPoet, Vector, Wana Udobang, Shegzrhymz, and Titilope Sonuga.

February 2, 2024

In a storied year for Nigerian cinema, our inaugural list prioritizes the realization of narrative, and these features stand out.

January 26, 2024

From Chigozie Obioma, Teju Cole, and Akwaeke Emezi to Safia Elhillo, Olumide Popoola, and Tares Oburumu: the anticipated books of 2024.

January 16, 2024

In a year of ensembles, in which it fell on collective performances to elevate stories, these actors stood out — among the films and TV series we saw.

January 11, 2024

From Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Teju Cole, and Leila Aboulela to DK Nnuro, Momtaza Mehri, and Fatin Abbas: the notable books of 2023 by Africans.

February 19, 2023

Announcing the first formal bestseller list in Nigerian literature, covering fiction, nonfiction, poetry, children’s books, and self-published titles, with an overall Top 100.

February 11, 2023

From Ngugi wa Thiong’o, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Ben Okri, and Leila Aboulela, to Chigozie Obioma, Sarah Ladipo Manyika, and Ayobami Adebayo, here are the over 100 books expected to lead the literary conversation this year.

December 29, 2022

From Warsan Shire, Romeo Oriogun, and Safia Elhillo to Arinze Ifeakandu, Akwaeke Emezi, NoViolet Bulawayo, and Chinelo Okparanta: our second annual highlight of the top titles of the year by African writers.

May 28, 2022

From One Story to Isele, submit your work to these magazines.

March 31, 2022

For Women’s History Month: global, continental, and national literary icons from the 20th century.

February 14, 2022

For Valentine’s Day, we asked 28 writers—deep readers and consumers of art—to share the literary, cinematic, musical, and life stories that affect them. They opened up beautifully.

February 12, 2022

The Booker Prize winner is on the February 2022 cover of Open Country Mag.

February 2, 2022

From Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, NoViolet Bulawayo, and Arinze Ifeakandu to Warsan Shire and Romeo Oriogun, here are over 50 books expected to lead the literary conversation.

January 21, 2022

Including The Threepenny Review, A Public Space, Isele, and Lolwe.

December 29, 2021

From Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Bernardine Evaristo to Teju Cole, Damon Galgut, and Mohamed Mbougar Sarr, our first annual highlight of the top titles of the year by African writers.

October 9, 2021

He is the first Black writer in 28 years, the second Black African, and the first East African laureate in literature. Here are the Tanzanian’s 10 novels.

October 8, 2021

In awarding the Tanzanian novelist, short story writer, critic, and former academic, the Swedish Academy recommends these.

July 15, 2021

“Only one universal ideology answers human cruelties, the excesses of power, bigotries, social inequalities and alienation: Literature,” wrote Africa’s first Nobel laureate in literature, who turned 87 this week.

January 19, 2021

. . . by RezThaPoet, Vector, Wana Udobang, Shegzrhymz, and Titilope Sonuga.

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