Recent News

Categories:

Chimamanda Adichie Fangirls Over Njideka Akunyili Crosby and Her Work

dear ijeawele (2)

Adichie is in love with Njideka Akunyili Crosby’s artwork. We are 100 percent here for this kind of artistic affection, especially when it brings into focus the work of two leading figures of Africa’s literary and art worlds. You might recall that last year, Adichie’s Facebook post on raising a girl child went viral. You might […]

Read More 0 Comments

Adichie Revisits the Single Story in New Animated Interview with The Atlantic

adichie atlantic interview

Chimamanda Adichie stole our hearts with “The Danger of a Single Story.” Purple Hibiscus and Half of a Yellow Sun had been out a few years before the TED talk, but it was that talk that took her from being a successful novelist to a global thought leader. Eight years later, in an interview with The Atlantic, Adichie revisits […]

Read More 1 Comment

Monsieur Pierre | By Bura-Bari Nwilo | A Story

nwilo monsieur

“Whenever she gets the urge to forego Roy, she also gets a small dose of mischief, to lie with him one more time, for the last time ever, and she finds herself back to her jail.” Nornu fills her bathtub to its brim with water each time Roy tickles the spot where her creator placed […]

Read More 0 Comments

Memoirs of a Lagos Wedding Planner | Episode 6: When In-Laws Misbehave | by Tolulope Popoola

This wedding was turning out to be more work than I had envisaged. After the first two meetings with the bride and her mother, when they were prospective clients, I had assumed they wanted a simple, straight-forward ceremony. But as the wedding day drew closer, the bride became more and more demanding, and started to […]

Read More 3 Comments

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

Olujuyigbe gift

“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 […]

Read More 4 Comments

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

gift Omowaiye

“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 […]

Read More 0 Comments

Dying Blues | By Victor Ugwu | Poetry

Ugwu blues

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 […]

Read More 1 Comment

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.

Subscribe to Blog via Email

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Archives

Asake of Rain | By Okonkwor Oyor | A Story

Oyor asake

“She bent over at the river bank and began to wash the clothes, and as she washed her father’s fragrance […]

PHOTOS | African Writers Festival at Brown University

african writers festival

The inaugural edition of the African Writers Festival took place on February 15 at Brown University’s McCormack Family Center. Chika […]

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

rotimi babatunde germany

  Last week, Caineprize.com published an essay by Rotimi Babatunde detailing his travel to Germany for a series of workshops […]

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

adbul adan

2016 was a remarkable year for the Somalian writer Abdul Adan. His short story, “The Lifebloom Gift,” was shortlisted for […]

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

10424960553_731106e319_k

You won’t remember but the women Hollowed out the starved moons Out of the bleed-through of the Girl in the […]

Letter To Every Girl | By Blessing Iyamadiken

Iyamadiken letter

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