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Who is Africa’s Most Prolific Novelist?

Cyprian Ekwensi who has published 24 books, Naguib Mafouz 46, and Wilbur Smith 36 are up there on Africa’s most published list. But the person who tops the list is, as far as we know, an eccentric but brilliant writer little known outside his native Kenya. Some say he made his name writing pornographic drivel, but […]

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Lunch with Ifemelu | Americanah Fan Fiction Erotica | by Kiru Taye

A little Valentine’s Day gift to our readers! A fan fiction erotica of Chimamanda Adichie’s block buster novel about the feisty Ifemelu and her love affair with Obinze. Enjoy! Obinze sat in a darkened corner of the restaurant, his gaze flitting between his wristwatch and the entrance. An elegantly dressed couple stepped in and waited […]

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In the Shadow of Iyanibi, Pt. 3 | by Eugene Odogwu | An African Fantasy Story Series

Part 3   “Is she bothering you?” Ihumbi jumped at Basi’s voice. She had not noticed him walking up behind her. “Don’t let her get to you, Nnase is as mischievous as she is tiny.” Ihumbi managed a smile but could not seem to shake off the feeling of unease she felt. “Go and play […]

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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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How Africa Went from Rising to Becoming a Virus | Kenyan Novelist, Yvonne Owuor, on Reimagining Africa

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The Kenyan novelist, Yvonne Owuor, should be applauded for her rousing TEDxEuston talk about seeking out new ways of imagining and telling Africa’s stories. She makes the point that the world has gotten so used to thinking of Africa through narratives that go from unbridled optimism to sheer contempt. We all saw how the whole […]

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Limbo | by Jen Thorpe | African Poetry

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  Limbo Liminal, lost Limb lopped. Late nights in bars and on night buses. Last trains to home departing on lonely platforms. Lamps lit, Licked by cold. Long Street, liquor, Losing sense of sense and sensory, Lacklustre lust. Lists of the pros and cons. Listless longing. Love? ******************* Post image by Silvia Sala via Flickr. About the […]

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TBT | Wole Soyinka in a Magician’s Cape?

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It’s Thursday! So I thought we could do a little TBT in honor of my much beloved literary crush of the moment, Wole Soyinka. Truth be told, I’ve spent last week all loved up on two of his greatest poetry collections—Idanre and Samarkand and Other Markets I Have Known. Has something to do with the […]

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Dear Ms. Paper: I Want to Kill My (Tribalist) Editor!

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Dear Ms. Paper:  My editor hates me. And I can tell it’s because she harbors intense hatred for my ethnic group. It’s obvious in the way she enjoys pointing out spelling mistakes for no other reason than to shame me. In my last email, I called her out for daring to accuse me of writing in cliché’s and […]

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A Brilliant Burst of Fire | Review of Chigozie Obioma’s The Fishermen| by Onyeka Nwelue 

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Pub. Date: April 15, 2015. Publisher: Little, Brown and Company. 304 pp. Preorder HERE. When asked at what point in his life he knew he’d become a storyteller, Chigozie Obioma tells the story about his father giving him a copy of Amos Tutuola’s The Palm-Wine Drinkard.  This eclectic introduction to storytelling may have prepared Obioma to […]

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Recantation | by Femi Morgan | An African Poem

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Death knocked Barged in Did not meet anyone at home. We came back Called the carpenter To fix the holds That we may not be cold Before the actual time Unfolds **************** Post image by Hartwig HKD via flickr. About the Author: Femi Morgan is the curator of Artmosphere, one of Nigeria’s leading Arts and literature communities.

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Big Win for African Fiction! | $150, 000 Windham Campbell Prize Goes to Teju Cole, Helon Habila, & Vladislavic

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The third edition of The Windham Campbell Prize is here! The list of nine winners were announced a few hours ago. And guess what. It’s an African affair! All three slots dedicated to fiction were won by African novelists—Teju Cole, Helon Habila, and Ivan Vladislavic. Each author is recognized for “a body of work or extraordinary […]

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Who is Africa’s Most Prolific Novelist?

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Cyprian Ekwensi who has published 24 books, Naguib Mafouz 46, and Wilbur Smith 36 are up there on Africa’s most published list. But the person who tops the list is, as far as we know, an eccentric but brilliant writer little known outside his native Kenya. Some say he made his name writing pornographic drivel, but […]

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Tiny Fragments on Undying Love | by Basit Jamiu | African Fiction

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First Fragment She was the one who taught me to laugh and the one who discovered that my laughter betrayed […]

Event | Africa39 in New York City! | Readings by Tope Folarin, Ellah Allfrey, & Nana Hammond

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Hay Festival and Afridiaspora.com have teamed up to serenade New Yorkers with readings from the Africa 39 Anthology. Last year, Hay […]

Sola Osofisan of Africanwriter.com Interviews Me! | Be Prepared For a Fun Read

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Hey Brittlepaperians! Here is something for you all. I was interviewed by Sola Osofisan of africanwriter.com. Such a fun experience! […]

Waiting for Tina | by Tope James-Ade | An African Love Story

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The thought of seeing Tina the next day made Alex restless. He was anxious and angry but was secretly happy. […]

An Enchanting Romance | Review of Chioma Iwunze’s Finding Love Again | by Obinna Udenwe

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 Pub. Date: December 15, 2015. Cassava Republic. 113 pp. Download ebook HERE.  Quality, heart-warming, Nigerian romance fiction is scarce. Most romance […]

Rock Out to this Election Song Released by Nigerian Novelist, Chibundu Onuzo, and her Sister Dinachi

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I’ve had this video on replay and can’t get the hook—“Choose wisely, four years na long time o”—out of my […]