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Nigerian Novelist: How I Was Banned From Speaking Igbo

In our series of letters from African journalists, Nigerian novelist and writer Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani recalls how she was banned from speaking her mother tongue. My parents forbade my local language, Igbo, from being spoken in our home when I was a child. Unlike the majority of their contemporaries in our hometown of Umuahia in […]

Letter From Africa: Were South African School Hair Rules Racist?

In our series of letters by African journalists, Nigerian novelist and writer Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani questions whether a South African school’s hair rules really were racist. As I followed the recent protests at a South African girls’ school where students insisted on being allowed to wear afro hairdos to school, I recalled my own days […]

The Woman Champion

Mrs Efuru Nzeribe-Uwaezuoke had just finished telling her husband how fantastically idiotic he was. Fancy him getting ahead of himself like that. Not only was her body hers and hers alone to decide what went on it and what did not, but she had purchased the lotion in question for good money – her own […]