My 27-Book Haul from @AkeFestival #AkeFest15

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The rush of emotions I am feeling while seeing these books makes me wish I was at the #AKE festival this year. Anyways, there’s always a chance of attending next season.

Kinna Reads

I didn’t do badly this first time at Aké; I come home with 27 books!

Books I Bought:

Ake Books I bought

  • The Birth of Illus by Jumoke Verissimo. This is Jumoke’s second collection of poetry. I’m a fan of her work.
  • Bound to Secrecy by Vamba Sherif. A detective novel set in Liberia. A new-to-me writer.
  • Lagoon by Nnedi Okorafor. The first of Okorafor’s books that I own. It’s been a long time coming.
  • Minaret by Leila Aboulela. She has a new book, The Kindness of Enemies, out. I’m trying to catch up.
  • Blackass by A. Igoni Barrett. I”m behind on my reviews but I loved Igoni’s Love is Power or Something Like That.  This is his newest book.
  • A Killing in the Sun by Dilman Dila.  Speculative fiction.  I first came across his work in Jalada’s Afrofutures issue.

(In a special category) The Etisalat Prize Longlisted Books

Etisalat Prize-longlisted books

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See Ariana Grande’s Spot-On Impression of Céline Dion

Ariana Grande’s impression of Celine Dion…


We already knew she could give Mariah Carey a run for her money when it comes to vocal gymnastics, but Ariana Grande showed that she can also channel another diva when she appeared on The Tonight Show on Friday.

The “Love Me Harder” singer, who was making her first appearance as a talk show guest (as opposed to a musical performer), nailed an impression of Céline Dion when Jimmy Fallon asked her to join him in an impromptu duet – she even got the French accent and heart-pounding hand gestures down.

Earlier in the show Grande, 21, joined Fallon for another installment of his “Ew!” sketch and the former “Sam & Cat” star showed that she still knows how to get in touch with her inner teen.

But those weren’t her only impressive feats. Grande, who is learning Japanese, also tried to teach Fallon some simple phrases, and one not-so-simple…

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