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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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Falz’s ‘Squander’ Remix Will Get You Dancing In No Time

The single features Niniola and South African amapiano acts Kamo Mphela, Mpura and SayFar.

Nigerian award-winning rapper, songwriter, and actor Falz makes his debut into the South African music scene with a remix of his hit single "Squander" featuring South Africa's Kamo Mphela, Mpura, and SayFar alongside the Nigerian Afro-House queen Niniola, who was on the original.

Produced by Young Willis and SayFar, the single has an infectious energy that will get you dancing in no time. We didn't expect anything less from breakout vocalist Mpura whose single "Umsebenzi Wethu" is currently topping multiple streaming charts. Amapiano singer and choreographer Kamo Mphela, known for her striking dance moves and collaborations with prominent artists like Busiswa & DJ Maphorisa, also continues to solidify her name in the industry with this feature.

Falz's ability to create music that reflects on the realities of many Nigerians has made him one of Nigeria's boldest voices. This is, however, one of the first times we see him pique interest in collaborating with South African artists. "I love South Africa, I love the culture and the food. I am really excited about this remix with Kamo Mphela, Mpura & SayFar because it's a great blend of South African & Nigerian music."

While he is not in the studio producing hits, Falz is a judge in the third season of The Voice Nigeria. The other judges include Nigerian singer and vocalist Waje, Afropop singer Yemi Alade, and the creative director of Livesport360, Dare Art Alade.

"Squander" remix is now available on all streaming platforms.

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