PHOTOS: After Afropolitan Exhibition + Conference in Brooklyn, NY

What a blast we had at the After Afropolitan Exhibition + Conference this past Saturday, February 21. Co-created by afriPOP, The Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute (CCCADI), Weeksville Heritage Center, artists Daapo Reo and Aisha Bell-Caldwell, the day featured speakers included Taiye Selasi, Binyavanga Wainaina, Sean Jacobs of Africa Is a Country, Wunmi, Minna Salami (Ms. Afropolitan), Gbenga Akinnagbe, and many more. Whew, what a beautiful afternoon (and evening) […]


Ankara Press Publishes Valentine’s Day Anthology

Romance fiction publisher Ankara Press plans to treat readers with a free-to-download anthology of love/romance stories on Valentine’s Day. It is called the Valentine’s Day Anthology and Ankara have collected the works of 7 contemporary African authors for this distinctive collection, including founding editor of the Kwani? Trust Binyavanga Wainaina, Sarah Ladipo Manyika, Chuma Nwokolo, and Toni Kan. According to Ankara’s blog, they wanted to celebrate the day of love by showcasing the […]


12 Steps to becoming an African dictator

Our fave Kenyan writer, Binyavanga Wainaina, recently published a kick-ass step-by-step guide for aspiring African dictators. Our favorite 5 below: Rule 1. Be the richest man in your country (Daniel arap Moi, Robert Mugabe). If you are a second-generation dictator, this is not hard; just blackmail the guy who came before you (Frederick Chiluba). If you come from an oil-producing country, this is even easier (many Nigerians and Angolans, Chad). […]