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An en­tirely new lit­er­ary genre emerged from Nige­ria this week. It’s called church erot­ica, a sort of pulp, pop-style fic­tion that tells the story of the rarely seen erotic side of re­li­gious com­mu­ni­ties, and the men of God who run them.

Holy Sex, writ­ten by Obinna Udenwe, fol­lows the love life of the head pas­tor at Sav­ing Grace, a Pen­te­costal church in La­gos, and his power and in­flu­ence over women.

One hi­lar­i­ous fan said in an on­line com­ment this week: “I know it will be a great mouth­wa­ter­ing del­i­cacy served oven-fresh.”

Tribute to a 10-year-old clas­sic

It has been a decade since lit­er­ary su­per­star Chi­ma­manda Ngozi Adichie re­leased her leg­endary short story, Half of a Yel­low Sun, the fol­low-up to her break­out novel, Pur­ple Hi­bis­cus.

In cel­e­bra­tion, his­to­rian and lit­er­ary critic Otosirieze Obi-Young wrote a touch­ing tribute on the web­site Brit­tle Pa­per this week, con­clud­ing that “this book ... can only grow in rel­e­vance and will ... re­main a uniquely in­can­des­cent ad­di­tion to the canon of global lit­er­a­ture”.

If you have not read it, do so now.

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