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The 2017 Writivism Short Story Prize Goes to Nigeria’s Munachim Amah

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The Writivism Short Story Prize has gone to Nigeria’s Munachim Amah. He won for his short story, “Stolen Pieces.” He will receive the $400 prize money. First awarded in 2013, the Writivism Short Story Prize is organised by the Center for African Cultural Excellence (CACE) and is the highlight of the annual Writivism Festival. In the five […]

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First Photos from the 2017 Writivism Festival

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The 2017 Writivism Festival just wrapped up in Kampala. It was held from 17 to 20 August. An initiative of the Center for African Cultural Excellence (CACE), the festival has, since 2013, been a leading crowd-pulling hotspot of literary activities on the continent. Courtesy of Writivism’s Facebook page, we have some photos: from workshops to […]

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The Fall of the Gods | Chapter 1: ọ̀kan | Anthony Azekwoh | #TFOG

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  Ẹni tó ńbẹ̀rù àti ṣubú, àti dìde á nira fún un. Whoever is scared of falling, would find it difficult to rise. They never passed up an opportunity to celebrate. These were the gods. They had just won their first victory. Should they not be jolly and revel in their might? Sango sat down […]

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Wana Udobang’s Sophomore Poetry Album is a Sonic Book of Memories

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Wana Udobang, popularly known as WanaWana, is no stranger to the Brittle Paper community. We’ve read her poetry, enjoyed her short stories, and watched her films. But her latest project is something slightly out of the ordinary. It is an experimental blend of storytelling, spoken-word poetry, and music—an 11-track poetry album titled “In Memory of […]

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Opportunity for African Writers | Submit to The Bare Life Review

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The Bare Life Review is a biannual literary journal that gives publishing opportunity exclusively to immigrant and refugee authors. They are currently accepting unsolicited manuscripts in fiction, non-fiction, and poetry and are offering a rate of $1000 for accepted prose pieces, and $400 for accepted poems. Since the journal is exclusively dedicated to immigrant and refugee authors, the journals editors […]

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I Hear a Few More Things When Bob Dylan Says ‘a Hard Rain’s a-gonna Fall’ | Chisom Okafor | Poetry

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My father plays a song aloud on Sundays, that begins with ‘Where’ve you been my blue-eyed girl?’ We scream on the other side, the next-door neighbor who is 65, (steals our rain-water overnight) and wakes to a full pee-bucket, the body of a whale, and balls of fart, giggling their way out, pours a barrel […]

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The 2017 Babishai Haiku Prize Goes to Kenya’s Kariuki wa Nyamu

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The 2017 Babishai Haiku Award has gone to Kenya’s Kariuki wa Nyamu for his three haikus: “last night’s rain,” “in the morning mud,” and “fresh toad prints.” The announcement was made at the Babishai 2017 poetry festival, an initiative of Babishai-Niwe Poetry Foundation, whose director is Beverly Nambuzo Nsengiyunva. The second place prize went to Nigeria’s Anthony Itopa Obaro […]

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Dreams, Remember Yesterday | Elizabeth Semende | Poetry

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Dreams: This hole is a grave where dreams toss and turn, Touch the wind and sway with it. See the taller defecate on stunted grass, Dare peel a wall and greet the paint within. The girl wishes to delete her scalp so hair will bud. The boy’s mind is a breathing ghost; a man touched […]

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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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Translating Guinea-Bissau’s First English-Language Novel | by Jethro Soutar

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In June, we brought news of the publication of the first ever novel from Guinea-Bissau to be translated into Englis.  […]

Akwaeke Emezi’s Guide to Becoming a Successful Writer in 35 Tweets

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Last week, Akwaeke Emezi put on her life coach cape and dished out truths that every writer, artist, dreamer, and […]

On Culture and Unbecoming Invisible | Interview with Yalie Kamara, 2017 Brunel Prize Finalist

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Weeks ago, we announced that Africa in Dialogue published an e-book of interviews with the ten poets shortlisted for the 2017 Brunel Poetry […]

Sillerman Prize Winners, Ladan Osman and Mahtem Shiferraw, Announced as 2018 Neustadt Prize Judges

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The 2018 Neustadt Prize judges have been announced, and among them, in a very happy coincidence, are the 2014 and […]

Hugging You Will Always Be an Awkward Thing | D. E. Benson | Poetry

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“hugging you will always be an awkward thing no, i have never feared receiving sacrament from the lips of other […]

2017 University of Johannesburg Prizes: Nthikeng Mohlele and Mohale Mashingo Announced Winners

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The 2017 University of Johannesburg Prizes have been awarded to Nthikeng Mohlele and Mohale Mashigo. Mohlele, who made the Africa39 […]