Keguro Macharia is from Nairobi, Kenya. He blogs at

From Repair to Pessimism

African unity is at present merely an emotion born of a history of colonialism and oppression. — Julius K. Nyerere   When we studied Elechi Amadi’s The Concubine in high school, we relished the sound of the names—Ihuoma, Emenike, Ekwueme, . . .
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Footnoting African Poetry

Poetry is rarely admitted to the club called African literature. If pressed, well-read Africans might cite Dennis Brutus, Christopher Okigbo, and Okot p’Bitek as contemporaries of Chinua Achebe and Ngugi wa Thiong’o. But when African literature is invoked—in Africa and . . .
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