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The Night My Dead Girlfriend Called | Episode 4: Confronting the ‘Devil’ | by Feyisayo Anjorin

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The only thing of iron, plastic, or leather-padding matter in the well-lit shrine of Pa Fakunle was the treadmill for his daily exercises. Badoo wondered why the old man needed a treadmill despite his usual long walks through thick jungles in his leave-gathering quests. Everything else under the roof in the shrine: woodcarvings of gods, […]

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Apes and Satellites | by Mame Bougouma Diene | African Sci-fi

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The ChinaCorp mining-satellite shifted across the planetary terminator, separating from its twin in stationary orbit over the Eastern Chinese Republic’s Kazakh Steppe. Through the atmosphere beneath it, the central continent appeared in focus, deep green and dusty brown, a motley patch of jungle, deserts and quarries. Off the western coast, oilrigs dotted the gulf in […]

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Is the Ake Festival a Bubble? | Okechukwu Ofili Calls for a Reality Check

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The Ake Arts and Book Festival is an amazing event. It assembles some of the best minds in literature and art in one of Nigeria’s oldest cities. Fans and readers get to meet and greet with high profile authors like Teju Cole, Taiye Selasi, Laila Lalami, and so on. Spirited conversations take place during panel […]

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Zadie Smith and Namwali Serpell on Femininity and Writing

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Zadie Smith has an uncommon ability to tell stories that capture our hearts. But she’s also shown herself to be a very self-aware writer. Whenever she reflects on the craft and life of writing, she has the most inspiring and insightful things to say. In a comment made during a recent interview published on elle.com, […]

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My Feminism | Remembering to Scream | By Wana Udobang

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I don’t remember the first time my father hit my mother. But I often remember my brother’s hands muzzling my mouth shut whilst my screaming the words ‘leave my mummy alone’ would ease its way through the spaces between his fingers. Like that Saturday morning when my sister’s friend and I were doing jumping jacks […]

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Greg Ruth Does Something Amazing with Okorafor’s Female Characters

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Nnedi Okorafor’s novels are universally loved. She builds her fictional worlds and fashions her characters from the most unusual elements. Getting lost in Okorafor’s fiction world is delightfully bewildering. At the center of her stories are powerful female characters. They are familiar but also awe-inspiring, relatable but also heroic. When German illustrator Greg Ruth was asked […]

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The Three African Books on The NYT 100 Notable Books of 2016 List

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The New York Times has released its prestigious 100 Notable Books of the Year list, and there are only three African books. Yaa Gyasi’s Homegoing and Imbolo Mbue’s Behold the Dreamers are novels while and The Return by Libyan novelist Hisham Matar is a non-fictional account of his father’s abduction by the Libyan government. Remember how Adichie’s Americanah soared […]

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Adichie Talks Dior, Paris, and Her Fashion Week Experience in New Interview with Elle.com

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In October, Adichie sat front row at a Christian Dior fashion show in Paris and watched models strutting the run way dressed in t-shirts bearing the inscription, “we should all be feminists.” [read here if you missed it.] In a recent interview published on elle.com, Adichie takes us back to when Dior first invited her to […]

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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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Adichie, Selasi, Teju Cole, and Others Share their Favorite 2016 Books

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2016 is coming to an end and, as is their tradition, The Guardian UK has asked some of the globe’s top […]

The New Yorker Profiles Kenyan Online Bookseller Magunga Williams

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A LITTLE over a week ago, The New Yorker ran a story on Magunga Williams, Kenyan bookstore owner and blogger, […]

Life after Ake Festival Is a Drab Thing | By Ogbu Godwin Ikechukwu | A Memoir

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…but the powerful memories of Ake Festival, like a good old film, come at me, and I am too weak […]

Shortlist Announced for the 2016 Morland Writing Scholarship

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Three months ago, we announced that The Miles Morland Foundation was accepting applications for a writer’s scholarship. The shortlist for […]

The Night My Dead Girlfriend Called | Episode 3: A Strange Arrival, A Crazy Ghost | by Feyisayo Anjorin

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Badoo closed the door of his room and sat on the bed with a sigh. He wanted his shoes off, […]

Dreams and Other Dangerous Pursuits | By Abubakar Adam Ibrahim | NLNG Prize Acceptance Speech

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…that despite the wars, the violence, the immeasurable harm we perpetrated, our resilience and strength and our humanity still shone […]