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The New Things Fall Apart Cover is the Best Thing You’ll See Today

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Things Fall Apart will be 60 next year. And Penguin USA is pulling all the stops to put together a commemoration worthy of such a great book. They commissioned a new cover design for the book. It was recently shared on Twitter, sending Things Fall Apart fans to a frenzy. The cover is beautiful. We […]

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Akwaeke Emezi Awarded the 2017 Commonwealth Short Story Prize for Africa Region

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Akwaeke Emezi has been awarded the 2017 Commonwealth Short Story Prize (Africa Region) for her entry, “Who Is Like God?” The other regional winners are: “The Death of Margaret Roe” by Nat Newman (Pacific Region), “Drawing Lessons” by Anushka Jasraj (Asia Region), “The Naming of Moths” by Tracy Fells (Canada and Europe Region), and “The Sweet Sop” by […]

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#LetRomeoBreathe: How Young Nigerian Writers Pushed Back against Violent Homophobia

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It began hours after the Brunel Prize was awarded to Romeo Oriogun on 2 May. Amidst the explosion of cheers, certain posts began to surface. On a few personal blogs. On social media. They all had the same tone, of suspicion, of irritation, of desperation, of anger. Word spreading was this: Someone had won an […]

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Opportunity for Nigerian Writers | Enter for the Okike Prize for Literature

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Another prize awarding literary excellence has surfaced. The Okike Prize for Literature is a new initiative promoting writing by Nigerian undergraduates. Submissions can be made in any of the three main genres of literature: Drama, Poetry and Prose (Fiction), with a mouth-watering sum of N50,000 to be won in each category. The deadline is 5 […]

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An Evening of African Literature | Photos From Abubakar Ibrahim and Sarah L. Manyika’s Washington, DC Reading

It is always a delightful treat to hear African writers in conversation with each other. A few weeks ago, I was fortunate enough to attend such a dialogue. On April 30, Politics and Prose bookstore and Young African Professionals DC (YAP DC) co-hosted Nigerian authors Abubakar Adam Ibrahim and Sarah Ladipo Manyika to discuss their […]

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Dear Tete Petina: “I Am One of Those People Who Once Really Wanted To Win the Caine Prize”

Last week, we debuted an advice column for writers, titled Tete Petina. The column is written by novelist Petina Gappah. Gappah kicked off the column with a deeply personal and heartfelt advice on how to handle the disappointment of not being shortlisted for the Caine Prize. [If you haven’t read it, stop whatever you are […]

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8 Ways To Tutor Children in Creative Writing | by Chioma Iwunze-Ibiam

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When children start writing their own stories and poems, their parents start wondering how to encourage and raise them to be better writers. Most parents want their children to learn to express their thoughts and ideas in the most imaginative way possible. As a mother and teacher, this makes perfect sense. After all, being creative […]

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Jowhor Ile is the First Nigerian to Win the Etisalat Prize for Literature

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Jowhor Ile has been awarded the 2016 Etisalat Prize for Literature for his debut novel And After Many Days, making him the first Nigerian to take the prize in its four years. The event was held an hour ago in Lagos. The $15,000 Etisalat Prize for Literature is awarded to the best debut book of […]

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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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Alain Mabanckou Headlines the 2017 Edition of Africa Writes

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For 3 days every year, London becomes the Mecca of African literature. Literature lovers all over the city gather together at […]

Learning the Gag Reflex | By Logan February | Poetry

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Love does not want this body, this mouth, toothless maw, hanging open & belonging to nobody’s son. The father died […]

EVENT: Brittle Paper Editor Ainehi Edoro Presents Lecture on African Literature in Oslo | May 24

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What if African writers are read independent of their origin? What if they are read as though with a different […]

The Alan Paton Award for Nonfiction Shortlist Unveiled

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Five books have been named on the shortlist for the Alan Paton Award for non-fiction. They are: Sean Christie’s Under […]

Zakes Mda, Yewande Omotoso, Kopano Matlwa Lead the Barry Ronge Prize for Fiction Shortlist

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Five books have been named on the shortlist for the Barry Ronge Fiction Prize. They are: Bronwyn Law-Viljoen’s The Printmaker; Kopano Matlwa’s Period Pain; Zakes […]

#CainePrize2017 | Review of Arinze Ifeakandu’s God’s Children Are Little Broken Things | By Kelechi Njoku

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As you probably already know, the Caine Prize for African Writing shortlist is out. It’s created quite a lot of […]