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In the Shadow of Iyanibi, Pt. 2 | by Eugene Odogwu | An African Fantasy Story Series

Part 2 Ihumbi ran. Her chest burned with each breath she gulped down. Her calves ached each time her feet hit the ground.  Her gut felt like it was being ripped from the inside out. Still, she pushed on. The sound of the asan thrashing about behind her was enough motivation. Its shrill cries and grunts […]

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Notes from the Island | by Akumbu Uche | A Portrait of Lagos in Six Fragments

{Tolu Talabi, this one is for you.} 176 The number of wooden placards encircling Falomo Roundabout. Painted on them are black silhouettes and red question marks where faces should be. Tied to the barricades protecting the flower beds, they have been here since May, under the rain and in the sun. A painful reminder that […]

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Ankara Press Debuts 6 African Romance Novels That are Better Than Mills & Boon

  Step aside Mills and Boon. Ankara Press is here! The new and hip romance story imprint that’s had African literary Twitter buzzing for weeks is worth every beam of spotlight it’s enjoying at the moment. All six debut titles are high-quality, absorbing, and easy-to-read African love stories set in cities as diverse as Lagos, Cape Town, […]

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Brittle Paper Launches an African Fantasy Story Series

So much excitement here as we launch a new story series. {Read Story HERE} One of the most talked-about projects we launched last year was Ayodele Olofintuade’s Adunni, an original Brittle Paper story series featuring custom images made by NYC-based Nigerian artist, Laolu Sebanjo. Seeing that we received such positive response from readers, we have […]

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Adichie in Paris! | Tells Paris TV Her Thoughts on The Nigerian Election

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What were you up to last week? Well, Chimamanda was in Paris. As part of the promotional events around the official release of Americanah in France, she met up with Nicholas Germain for an interview that aired on France 24. After giving her usual spiel about how she became black in America, she opens up a bit […]

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In the Shadow of Iyanibi, Pt. 2 | by Eugene Odogwu | An African Fantasy Story Series

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Part 2 Ihumbi ran. Her chest burned with each breath she gulped down. Her calves ached each time her feet hit the ground.  Her gut felt like it was being ripped from the inside out. Still, she pushed on. The sound of the asan thrashing about behind her was enough motivation. Its shrill cries and grunts […]

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Adichie’s New Story About Immunization Will Warm Your Heart

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Adichie is one of the 30 artists—photographers, painters, sculptors, writers, filmmakers, and musicians—asked to each create a piece paying tribute to the success of vaccines in changing lives.  The project, called Art of Saving Lives, is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Adichie’s contribution is this short story tiled “Olikoye” about a pregnant woman and […]

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Is the Assoc. of Nigerian Authors Having Financial Troubles?

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It came out a couple of weeks ago that the Rivers State chapter of the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA) couldn’t host the organization’s annual convention because they were strapped for cash. This resulted in the event being moved, at the last minute, to Ibadan, the resident city of ANA’s president— Prof. Remi Raji. Since then, […]

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Ngugi Would Be Pleased About the New Zulu Translation of the Bible

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Zulu Chritians must be happy about the recently commissioned Zulu bible translation, but so are literary folks like us. Since the bible is so much about stories, poetry, ideas, literary form, and the politics of language, a Zulu bible is very much a literary triumph. Here is what is pretty amazing about the project. The […]

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Don’t Miss This Chance to Submit to Granta Magazine

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Looks like Granta Magazine is suspending their no-unsolicited-submission rule. But we don’t know if it’s for a limited time only. So if you’d like to get your fiction, non-fiction, poetry or essay published in an upscale literary journal, you have between now and April 1 to put something together. It might help to know that African writers […]

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2 Minute Video Tells You What’s Awesome About African Literature

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I made this video last year to sort of open up about my vision for Brittle Paper and what made me so passionate about African literature. From writing for you all right here on this blog, reading your comments and trying to understand your tastes and interests, I find that what readers want are writers and stories […]

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Blood and Water | by Elizabeth Muchemwa | 2nd Prize Winner of Babishai Niwe Poetry Award

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  He washes his hands in streams she has made. Rivers flowing beneath her eyes have Salted the land with the acrid taste of her Hate. Wells have risen to pool within her, catching the cries that would speak her Hurt. He washes his hands in streams she has made. She dreams sonic dreams with […]

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Harmattan — The Story of An African Word

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  If you’re anywhere on the West coast of Africa—between Gabon and Ghana—you’ve had a hard time of in the […]

Interview | Eugene Odogwu on African Fantasy and Why Realism is Overrated

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Eugene Odogwu is the author of In the Shadow of Iyanibi, [read here] the fantasy story series we launched last […]

Dear Ms. Paper: Help! I’m In Love with an African Novelist

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  Dear Ms. Paper: I am in love! And he’s an African writer—one of the popular ones, if I may […]

Imbolo Mbue, Cameroon’s Million-Dollar Novelist, Publishes First Story

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Two months ago, I broke the news to you that a Cameroonian author sold her debut novel, titled The Longings of […]

Heart Collector | by Onwutuebe Ucheoma | African Poetry

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I am a heart collector Hanging the artefacts of every misadventure Now my walls groan Under the weight of each […]

Teju Cole’s Must-Read Response to The Charlie Hebdo Killing

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In the wake of the terror attack on a Paris magazine and the revolutionary euphoria that followed, Teju Cole tries […]