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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Announces Release of New Book 'Notes on Grief'

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has announced that her new book 'Notes on Grief' will be released this coming May. The book is an homage to her father who died of kidney disease late last year.

Award-winning Nigerian author, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, has reportedly announced that her new published book Notes on Grief will be out on the 11th of May 2021. The book follows Adichie's published New York Times essay which detailed her grieving process after her father, James Nwoye Adichie, died last year. Adichie's publishing company Knopf shared the thrilling news on their Twitter page.


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The executive vice president and publisher of Knopf, Reagan Arthur stated that Notes on Grief is honest insight on the universal experience of grief. Arthur, according to Literary Hub, described the book as "an exquisite work of meditation, remembrance, and hope". Adichie's father passed unexpectedly during the COVID-19 pandemic. The novelist was reportedly at her home in the US when her father passed away in Nigeria and subsequently viewed his body through her cellphone screen. According to The Guardian, Adichie explores the anger and loneliness that accompanied her experience of loss and contrasts it with cultural dimensions of grieving.

According to Brittle Paper, James Nwoye Adichie was the first Professor of Statistics in Nigeria. The book will tell the story behind the man who was not only an academic but a man who survived the Biafran war. Adichie described her father as "the loveliest man" and credited him for his stories from the Biafran war which influenced Half of a Yellow Sun. Notes on Grief uses her New York Times essay title which was published just a month before her father's burial which she physically attended in Nigeria.

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Interview: How Stogie T’s ‘Freestyle Friday’ Became a TV Show

Freestyle Friday started as lockdown content but is now a fully-fledged TV show on Channel O. In this interview, Stogie T breaks down why the show is revolutionary and talks about venturing into media.

When South Africa was put under a hard lockdown in 2020, Stogie T started Freestyle Friday to "make SA rap again." Freestyle Friday, hosted on Instagram, saw a different cohort of rappers each rap over the same beat picked by the veteran rapper. From niche and emerging rappers to some of the most notable names in South African hip-hop—the likes of AKA, Focalistic, Ginger Trill and several others all participated.

In the last few weeks, however, Freestyle Friday has found its way to cable TV. The show airs every Friday on Channel O, one of the continent's longest-running music TV channels. Freestyle Friday as a TV programme isn't just about freestyles, it's about the art of rapping and the music business, particularly SA hip-hop. Guests range from lyricists to record executives and other personalities aligned with the scene—Ninel Musson and Ms Cosmo for instance.

But Freestyle Friday is only the first media product Stogie T is working on as he is in the process of starting a podcast network, a venture in which he is collaborating with Culture Capital. In the Q&A below, Stogie T breaks down the relationship with Culture Capital, how the show moved from the internet to TV, why it's a revolutionary idea, touches on his venture into media and his future plans.

This interview has been edited for clarity and length.

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