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On this page, researchers can view a select list of titles of influential periodicals -- ranging from literary journals to political oriented publications -- from or about Sub-Saharan Africa. Annotated descriptions of periodicals listed were taken from Encyclopedia of Africa, "The Development of Lusophone Africa's Literary Journals" (from Research in African Literature), and Oxford Reference Online.
Abbia: Revue Culturelle Camerounaise (1963-1966)
Call Number: Sc 967.1105-A
Abbia, which began publication in 1963, was Cameroon's leading cultural journal and was published as an initiative between UNESCO, the Minister of Information and Culture and University of Cameroon.
The African Book Publishing Record (1975 - Present)
The African Book Record Journal was heralded as the only bibliographic tool that offered systemic and comprehensive coverage of new and forthcoming African publications. It also includes reviews of books and journals and information about African book trade activities. Electronic journal access to this title begins with issues from 1995. For access to issues prior to 1995, the print version must be recalled from off-site and and delivered to the Schomburg Center.
African Concord (1985-1993)
Call Number: Sc Ser.-M .A4455
Africa Concord was a Nigerian periodical that focused on political life in continental Africa.
Black Orpheus (1957-1975)
Call Number: Sc 896.05-B
Black Orpheus was a literary publication that was published in Nigeria and founded in 1957 by German expatriate Ulli Beier that put the spotlight on literature written by African writers in English and also translations of Francophone African writers.
Call Number: Sc Micro RS-773
South Africa's Drum magazine contained photographic essays of life in South African townships and news reportage during apartheid, fiction, crime stories, etc. Editions of Drum were later published in other African countries and regions including Nigeria, Ghana and East Africa (which are also available in the Research and Reference Division.)
Jeune Afrique (1961-1983)
Call Number: Sc Ser.-N .J485
Jeune Afrique was a periodical that catered to Francophone Africans and was published from Paris, France.
New African (1978 - Present)
Call Number: Sc Micro RS-554
New African is a pan-African publication dedicated to business and economics in Africa. This periodical spun off a companion title, New African Woman and a French language version for Francophone Africa.
Call Number: Sc 820.805-O
Okyeame was a literary publication that was founded by the Ghanaian literary giant Efua Sutherland in 1961. Published in Ghana, It was a platform for both emerging and established African writers.
Presence Africaine (1947 - Present)
Call Number: Sc Ser-L.P754 (French); Sc Ser-L. P755 (English ed)
Presence Africaine is a long running literary journal that published the works of African Francophone authors and these writings were published and French and English.
Transition (1961 - Present)
Transition, which began publication in Uganda, is a Pan-African periodical that covers politics, culture, and history across the African diaspora.
Call Number: Sc Micro RS-81
Zonk was a periodical that centered on the Black South African experience during the apartheid era and it was a rival publication to Drum.