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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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Interview: Wavy The Creator Is Ready to See You Now

The multidisciplinary Nigerian-American artist on tapping into all her creative outlets, creating interesting things, releasing a new single and life during quarantine.

A trip canceled, plans interrupted, projects stalled. It is six months now since Wavy the Creator has had to make a stop at an undisclosed location to go into quarantine and get away from the eye of the pandemic.

The professional recording artist, photographer, writer, fashion artist, designer, and evolving creative has been spending all of this time in a house occupied by other creatives. This situation is ideal. At least for an artist like Wavy who is always in a rapid motion of creating and bringing interesting things to life. The energy around the house is robust enough to tap from and infuse into any of her numerous creative outlets. Sometimes, they also inspire trips into new creative territories. Most recently, for Wavy, are self-taught lessons on a bass guitar.

Wavy's days in this house are not without a pattern, of course. But some of the rituals and personal rules she drew up for herself, like many of us did for internal direction, at the beginning of the pandemic have been rewritten, adjusted, and sometimes ditched altogether. Some days start early and end late. Some find her at her sewing machine fixing up thrift clothes to fit her taste, a skill she picked up to earn extra cash while in college, others find her hard at work in the studio, writing or recording music.

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