Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: Facts are Stranger Than Fiction

I am drawn, as a reader, to detail-drenched stories about human lives affected as much by the internal as by the external, the kind of fiction that Jane Smiley nicely describes as “first and foremost about how individuals fit, or don’t fit, into their social worlds”. This kind of fiction is interested in the general as well…

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Songs with Purpose: An Interview with Naomi Wachira

A couple of weeks ago AS4A had the pleasure of speaking with up-and-coming US-based Kenyan musician Naomi Wachira. Naomi,  a self described introvert is not only a singer/songwriter but also the proud mother of a three-year old little girl, and an administrator at a non-profit organization in Seattle, Washington. We’re thrilled to introduce the AS4A…

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Liberian Women’s Chorus for Change

On Tuesday, March 5, 2013, in a packed West Philadelphia artist/community Wondering how her child is faring, a mother shares her worries and her longing to hold her daughter once more. “For me, explained Gayflor,“it’s the same as during the war, when people didn’t know where their children were. I was separated from my two-year-old…

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In Peace (Or Pieces)

Comrade, since you say We can’t eat democracy with All those sour choices Pinstriped lies And decorated fools Follow @AfricaSpeaks4 Tweet

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Remembering Chinua Achebe

I first read Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart when I lived in the Democratic Republic of the Congo—then known as Zaire. It struck me as a lucid, uncomplicated story that, in all its simplicity, was teeming with impetuous, emotional characters dwelling in a world of medicine men, spirits and pervasive superstition.  Honor and tradition were…

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Re-imagining Ourselves: Music, Film and the Representation of Nigerian Women

With the increasing popularity of Nigerian pop music, and the astoundingly productive Nigerian film industry, Nollywood, Nigeria’s creative industries are attracting worldwide attention. Saratu Abiola looks at the problematic representations of women in the Nigerian media Follow @AfricaSpeaks4 Tweet

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