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Farafina Workshop Alumna Akwaeke Emezi Announces Debut Novel ‘Freshwater’ & Binyavanga Approves

Rising literary star Akwaeke Emezi announced publisher Atlantic Grove will publish her novel ‘Freshwater’ Wednesday.

Rising literary star and filmmaker Akwaeke Emezi announced that her debut novel Freshwater will be published by prominent, independent American publisher Atlantic Grove.


And as Brittle Paper reports, Kenyan Caine Prize for African Writing winner Binyavanga Wainaina, who got a sneak peak of the manuscript, approves.

The alumnus of novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s esteemed Farafina Workshop and sister of Lagos-based photographer and Yagalifefacts cartoonist Yagazie Emezi posted the news on her Instagram Wednesday.

Those of you hip to happenings within African literary circles may have known something special has been stewing for Akwaeke since last September when she also disclosed that she had joined the renowned roster of The Wylie Agency, which reps the best of the best in African literature from Adichie, Teju Cole and Chinua Achebe’s estate.

With an impressive C.V. that includes being published in a Caine Prize anthology, a previous residency at Hub City’s Writers Project and numerous awards for her writing and filmmaking, Akwaeke’s news may come as little surprise—as cream always rises to the top.

If you haven’t already been keeping an eye out for Akwaeke, you can peruse her impressive work here.

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Lupita Nyong'o Will Star in the HBO Max Series Based on Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's 'Americanah'

Danai Gurira will executive produce the series.

Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o is set to take on the lead role in the HBO Max series based on Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's novel, Americanah. The 10-episode series will be executive produced by Tony Award-winning actress, Danai Gurira.

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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Ramla Ali, Adut Akech & Adwoah Aboah Grace the British Vogue September Issue—Guest Edited by Meghan Markle

Instead of gracing the cover herself, the Duchess of Sussex highlights women breaking barriers in the "Forces of Change" issue.

The cover of British Vogue's September issue was revealed Monday featuring 15 women who Duchess Meghan Markle believe are breaking barriers, BBC reports.

The issue, entitled Forces For Change, highlights "trailblazing change makers, united by their fearlessness in breaking barriers." The Duchess hopes readers would draw as much inspiration from these mavens as much as she has. Spending 7 months working on the issue, Markle wanted to turn the year's most-read fashion issue and "steer its focus to the values, causes and people making impact in the world today."

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Cardi B Teases New Remix of Davido's 'Fall'

Looks like the Nigerian star's massive hit is getting yet another re-up.

Cardi B has teased her apparent upcoming remix of Davido's "Fall."

Posting from a private jet, as she was on her way to New York before heading to West Africa, Cardi B shared a video of herself rapping and dancing along to the unreleased remix.

From the sounds of it, Cardi's "Fall" remix will feature a brand new verse from the New York rapper.

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Trap Bob Is the 'Proud Habesha' Illustrator Creating Colorful Campaigns for the Digital Age

The DMV-based artist speaks with OkayAfrica about the themes in her work, collaborating with major brands, and how her Ethiopian heritage informs her work.

DMV-based visual artist Tenbeete Solomon also known as Trap Bob is a buzzing illustrator using her knack for colorful animation to convey both the "humor and struggle of everyday life."

The artist, who is also the Creative Director of the creative agency GIRLAAA has been the visual force behind several major online movements. Her works have appeared in campaigns for Giphy, Girls Who Code, Missy Elliott, Elizabeth Warren, Apple, Refinery 29 and Pabst Blue Ribbon (her design was one of the winners of the beer company's annual art can contest and is currently being displayed on millions of cans nationwide). With each striking illustration, the artist brings her skillful use of color and storytelling to the forefront.

Her catalog also includes fun, exuberant graphics that depict celebrities and important moments in Black popular culture. Her "Girls In Power" pays homage to iconic women of color in a range of industries with illustrated portraits. It includes festive portraits of Beyoncé, Oprah, Serena Williams and Michelle Obama to name a few.

Trap Bob is currently embarking on an art tour throughout December, which sees her unveiling murals and recent works for Pabst Blue Ribbon in her hometown of DC and during Art Basel in Miami. You can see her tour dates here.

We caught up with the illustrator via email, to learn more about the themes in her work and how her Ethiopian heritage informs her illustrations. Read it below and see more of Trap Bob's works underneath.

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