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Nigeria’s First-ever Church Erotica Coming Soon as a Novella

I am delighted to announce the forthcoming release of Holy Sex, a wild romp of a novella about a Nigerian pastor’s erotic exploits. In May of 2015, I posted the first of six stories in a story series by the same name. After nearly a 100,000 hits, the story is taking on a new life […]

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There are so Many Omar Mateens Here | by Pwaangulongii Dauod

Saturday night while Mr. Omar Mateen murdered our kinds in Orlando we were partying again in Zaria, an ancient major city in the North of Nigeria. Reuben’s birthday party. He’s 23 and gay and a university student. As always we were hiding, this time in a small flat. Overcrowded. Most of us in there were […]

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Homecoming | by Oluwatosin Adeshokan | An African Story

Just one beam of light shot from the left side of the car onto the road. It looked like the car was eating up white lines and small potholes on the road as it moved. The second headlamp got busted in a classic Lagos moment by an okadaman about four months ago, but burial burdens […]

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What’s wrong? What’s Not? | by Caleb Ajinomoh | An African Story

In university I studied stock market reports and fingered illegal chalk. I lived with two brothers and one friend of my own. We were funded by our parents, sometimes my friend’s rich uncle or by peddling illegal chalk. My friend, who we called Sly, was from Bayelsa state. Sly gave us illegal chalk. Or rather, […]

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#CainePrize2016 | Interview with Lesley Nneka Arimah | by Akati Khasiani

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  Each day brings us closer to July 4th when the 17th winner of the Caine Prize for African Writing will be unveiled. You’ve either read the shortlisted stories or read the reviews we posted right here on Brittle Paper. You have a sense of what the stories are about. You know whether you like them or […]

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Listen to Peter Kagayi’s Poem “Last Night I Told a Stranger About You”

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If you are always on the look out for new African writing, Nyana Kakoma is some one you want to watch out for. The Ugandan writer and publisher is the mastermind of Sooo Many Stories, a literary project that started out as a blog but that has now become a publishing house. On June 8th, […]

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You Can Now Watch Highlights of the 2015 Etisalat Award Ceremony

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As Etisalat opens entries for this year’s prize for Literature [read here], we are throwing it back to the awesomeness of last year’s award gala. On Saturday, 19th March 2016, Fiston Mujila became the third winner of the Etisalat Prize for African Literature and the first francophone author to win the coveted prize. Here is […]

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Alien Taste | by Binyavanga Wainaina | An African Story

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There are times that even Graham believes the story he has peddled for so many years, about how he came to be gay. That he had always known; that he used to dress up in his mother; that he had been riveted by the biceps of Mohammed Ali, the anger of those black panthers on […]

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Where the Road Leads | by Echezonachukwu Nduka | African Poetry

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The First Road I Death is a journey of many goodbyes, but tears dry before the dead begin their voyage. Last night, candles burnt wishes and prayers, their flames sending heaven one last voicemail. Our hearts have opened up as roads where dead men walk and talk about the folly of mortals. II In my […]

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Ordeal | by Farida Adamu | An African Story

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The kerosine lamp burnt dimly across the room.  Inusa sat with his legs wide apart after eating the oily jollof rice Maimuna had prepared. It was the fourth night since she was dragged like a goat to his house to become his wife. She had satisfied the hunger in his stomach. It will soon be time […]

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The Story We Must Never Forget | Helon Habila Documents the Chibok Tragedy in New Book

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Helon Habila tpically writes works that are charged with social and political meaning and relevance. His 2008 novel Oil on Water, which won the Commonwealth Prize, took up issues such as kidnapping, oil conflicts and the problem of militancy in Niger Delta Nigeria. This time around, his latest book tells the stories of the families affected […]

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Half of a Yellow Sun: A Decade on | by Otosirieze Obi-Young | An Essay

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  It was still 2003, September, and Purple Hibiscus had not even come out. She had just won another prize for what is, perhaps, her greatest ever short story. But her victory’s highlight, in retrospect, was not her winning but what happened after she won. Writing in The ScoopNG, James Eze recounts what Obi Iwuanyanwu, […]

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Frontier Porcupine | By Phinithi Nate IV Ntelekoa | An African Story

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“Before I forget,” said Mandla inserting the car-key into the ignition, “Phylum Inc just roped in a fresh crop of […]

Baba Jeffo and the Hunt for Johnson Baby Oil | by S. I. Ohumu | An African Story

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People don’t say “true to God” unless they mean it, so I believe him. If what he’s saying is true, […]

#CainePrize2016 | Interview with Lidudumalingani | by Akati Khasiani

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Each day brings us closer to July 4th when the 17th winner of the Caine Prize for African Writing will […]

Nelisile | by A. E. Nelson | An African Story

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  …A club called Great Dane in Braamfontein, Johannesburg. It was midnight. We were standing in a stall in the […]

Two Brittle Paper Writers To Participate in 2016 Farafina Workshop

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The list of participants for this year’s Farafina Creative Writing Workshop was released last week and Brittle Paper is delighted to […]

Metamorphosis | by Romeo Oriogun | African Poetry

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& the voice is a lost bird embedded in a boy like a word stranded between pages. He said flee […]