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You Should Be a Gift | By Ife Olujuyigbe | A Story

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“I know you know I need you to save face, and you need me to pander to your whims.” *** I am staring angrily at your parting lips as sounds escape them. I am asking questions in my head. Can I have just a little piece of yourself, since you’re so full of it? You’re […]

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The Gift-Bearers | By Leke David Omowaiye | A Story

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“Don’t you think you should pick that tomato and apologise?” “For weytin now? E reach five Naira? Abeg! Abeg! Abeg!” Mama Wale’s jaw dropped. “HOW much will you pay my child?” Mama Wale asked the young girl who looked ready for a duel of hard bargain. The sun was at its peak and the elderly […]

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Dying Blues | By Victor Ugwu | Poetry

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Emerge teal— Bile and honey— Fading—tinting canvas On bleak minds, mine Especially With laughter in crimsons, Ecstasy blue…. paint me white On black, yours. Emerge From rheumy tunes Under neem blues— Lest We are immersed in a tang Our breath fret, Searing— My tongue Hollow And cherry-sized In colorful decay With the moon A witness […]

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Asake of Rain | By Okonkwor Oyor | A Story

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“She bent over at the river bank and began to wash the clothes, and as she washed her father’s fragrance which smelled of earth and trees, Asake cried.” *** The gods do not warn a man before wreaking havoc on him. One day, on a sunny afternoon, the winds began to howl and the sky […]

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PHOTOS | African Writers Festival at Brown University

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The inaugural edition of the African Writers Festival took place on February 15 at Brown University’s McCormack Family Center. Chika Unigwe, author of Night Dancer and professor at Brown University, curated the event. She assembled an excellent group of well-known names in the African literary community to address the question of literature and the role […]

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Rotimi Babatunde’s Poignant Travel Essay Revisits an Irony of History

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  Last week, Caineprize.com published an essay by Rotimi Babatunde detailing his travel to Germany for a series of workshops centered around his 2012 Caine Prize-winning story “Bombay’s Republic.” The story, one of the very finest to have been shortlisted for the prize, follows an adventurous man who volunteers to fight for the British in […]

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From Child Prodigy to Taxi Driver to Award-winning Writer | The Inspiring Story of Abdul Adan

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2016 was a remarkable year for the Somalian writer Abdul Adan. His short story, “The Lifebloom Gift,” was shortlisted for the Caine Prize and his proposal for a novel won him a Miles Morland Scholarship. We also published an interview with him. Last week, Kenya’s Nation Media Group ran a profile on him titled “Abdul Adan’s […]

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Which God Did You Dream Of? | By Gaamangwe Joy Mogami | A Poem

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You won’t remember but the women Hollowed out the starved moons Out of the bleed-through of the Girl in the dream. You are her, and when you are her, Your skin is blind, And the buried humans inside you wake, Illuminating the days of harvest. There is a harvest of the dream of scars, Where […]

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I hold a doctorate in English from Duke University and recently joined the Marquette University English faculty as an Assistant Professor. I love teaching African fiction and contemporary British novels. Brittle Paper is the virtual space/station where I play and experiment with ideas on how to reinvent African fiction and literary culture.

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Letter To Every Girl | By Blessing Iyamadiken

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“To girls who say they do not care about feminism, I have only a few words for you. One day, […]

Just an Extra | By Miracle Nwokedi | A Story

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Clutching my pink purse with both hands, I sat gracefully at one end of the eatery, my eyes dancing to […]

The Railroad Children | By Osinachi | A Story

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“Standing there hand in hand, we stared at the first coach, old questions renewed in our eyes. We looked up […]

And They Say Dreams Are Meant For Sleeping | By Zulaikhah | African Fiction

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“Then she would see a cockroach on her bedroom wall, staring back at her languidly as it cleaned its antennas […]

Someone Different | By Emmanuel Etop Idem | A Poem

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IN Calabar, night falls solemnly: the lulling feets of homegoers call to me, the smell of exhaustion permeates the streets, […]

Last Days | By Amynah Dauda | A Story

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“Whenever Talatu hears Olo’s name, two things happen: first, she calls her a witch; second, she forgets that we three […]