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Chimamanda Adichie leads African literature wave in China — Quartz Africa


Dear Ijeawele is a forthright and frank book, a 15-step letter about how to raise a feminist child. But when it’s published in China around April this year, it will garner its author, the celebrated Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, a new status: becoming one of few African writers whose body of work has mostly, if not all, been translated to Chinese.

“By far the hottest African writer among Chinese fans today is Nigeria’s Adichie,” says Bruce Humes, an American linguist and Chinese literary translator. For years now, Humes has compiled a bilingual list of contemporary African fiction published in Chinese since the 1980s, putting together a list of novels, poetry, drama, and short story collections available to readers in mainland China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. Humes, who has…

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Phil Masinga: Lucas Radebe leads tributes as ex-Leeds and South Africa striker dies aged 49


Masinga spent two years at Leeds United, joining at the same time as compatriot Lucas Radebe

Former South Africa captain Lucas Radebe says the country has lost a “legend” following his compatriot Phil Masinga’s death aged 49.

Masinga played with Radebe at Leeds United between 1994 and 1996 and also had spells at St Gallen in Switzerland and Italian clubs Salernitana and Bari.

“He lost his fight against cancer this morning which is very, very sad for us as a football fraternity,” said Radebe.

“We are mourning the loss of a great legend.”

Former central defender Radebe and striker Masinga were both signed by Leeds in 1994.

“For us as Africans it was a great experience,” added Radebe, speaking to BBC World Service. “We weren’t used to the weather and we struggled a little bit – we…

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Lure of love leads African immigrant to launch Iowa City limo business



Sitting with nothing to do at the Eastern Iowa Airport last month while waiting for family to fly in for the holidays, I came up with what I thought was a …
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At Mass MoCA, artist Titus Kaphar leads us back from the abyss






NORTH ADAMS — Near the bottom of a big industrial stairwell at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, an apparition rises in ghostly defiance, a pale spectre etched on glass. Behind her a dark pit yaws, its contours riven like the topographical map of a deep, unknowable valley.

It makes for a jarring encounter, off to the side of a long-standing show of dryly angular Sol Lewitt sculptures and down a corridor from the playful forms of Louise Bourgeois. This is a plainspoken, forthright work; the abyss at the woman’s back seems dying to swallow her, but she’s having none of it. In fact, she’s only just barely escaped its gravitational pull.

History can be like that — carefully carved to be full of dark corners, designed from the first to absorb…

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Mohamed Salah retains African Player of the Year and leads group of seven Premier League stars in best XI


Mohamed Salah has won the 2018 Confederation of African Football Player of the Year, retaining the honour after a spectacular year with  Liverpool.

The Egyptian’s prolific goalscoring form saw him beat out team-mate Sadio Mane and Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to the top prize. 

The Egyptian, who…

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First Woman, African-American Leads Episcopal Diocese of West Tennessee


Rev. Phoebe Roaf

 WEST TENNESSEE — Rev. Phoebe Roaf never saw a priest who looked like her as she grew up as an Episcopalian in Pine Bluff so her role models were white men. She was ordained as a priest when she was in her 40s. 

Road first earned a law degree and clerked two years for Judge James Dennis, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, and worked in commercial real estate.

Now, Roaf is the first woman and first African-American to lead the Episcopal Diocese of West Tennessee. She joins three other African-American women, Rev. Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows, Rev. Carlye Hughes and Rev. Kym Lucas in the United States.

She was rector at St. Philip’s, the oldest African-American church in the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia, since 2011. Before that, Roaf was…

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