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Entries are Open for the Nigerian Students Poetry Prize 2017

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  Entries are officially open for the second edition of the Nigerian Students Poetry Prize. All entrants stand a chance to win 100,000 naira, 60,000 naira and 40,000 naira for the first, second and third positions respectively. Established in 2016, the prize’s main objective is to stimulate the creativity and intellectual life of Nigerian students. […]

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Sarah Ladipo Manyika’s 3 Best Practices for the Aspiring Writer

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There isn’t one magical key to becoming a writer, neither is there one life-changing habit that guarantees success in literary pursuits. Sarah Ladipo Manyika says as much in a recent piece titled “What Virginia Woolf Forgot To Say.” The author of Like a Mule attributes success in writing to surprisingly mundane practices like having a stable […]

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Chimamanda Adichie Fangirls Over Njideka Akunyili Crosby and Her Work

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Adichie is in love with Njideka Akunyili Crosby’s artwork. We are 100 percent here for this kind of artistic affection, especially when it brings into focus the work of two leading figures of Africa’s literary and art worlds. You might recall that last year, Adichie’s Facebook post on raising a girl child went viral. You might […]

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Adichie Revisits the Single Story in New Animated Interview with The Atlantic

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Chimamanda Adichie stole our hearts with “The Danger of a Single Story.” Purple Hibiscus and Half of a Yellow Sun had been out a few years before the TED talk, but it was that talk that took her from being a successful novelist to a global thought leader. Eight years later, in an interview with The Atlantic, Adichie revisits […]

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Monsieur Pierre | By Bura-Bari Nwilo | A Story

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“Whenever she gets the urge to forego Roy, she also gets a small dose of mischief, to lie with him one more time, for the last time ever, and she finds herself back to her jail.” Nornu fills her bathtub to its brim with water each time Roy tickles the spot where her creator placed […]

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Memoirs of a Lagos Wedding Planner | Episode 6: When In-Laws Misbehave | by Tolulope Popoola

This wedding was turning out to be more work than I had envisaged. After the first two meetings with the bride and her mother, when they were prospective clients, I had assumed they wanted a simple, straight-forward ceremony. But as the wedding day drew closer, the bride became more and more demanding, and started 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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You Should Be a Gift | By Ife Olujuyigbe | A Story

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“I know you know I need you to save face, and you need me to pander to your whims.” *** […]

The Gift-Bearers | By Leke David Omowaiye | A Story

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“Don’t you think you should pick that tomato and apologise?” “For weytin now? E reach five Naira? Abeg! Abeg! Abeg!” […]

Dying Blues | By Victor Ugwu | Poetry

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Emerge teal— Bile and honey— Fading—tinting canvas On bleak minds, mine Especially With laughter in crimsons, Ecstasy blue…. paint me […]

Asake of Rain | By Okonkwor Oyor | A Story

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“She bent over at the river bank and began to wash the clothes, and as she washed her father’s fragrance […]

PHOTOS | African Writers Festival at Brown University

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The inaugural edition of the African Writers Festival took place on February 15 at Brown University’s McCormack Family Center. Chika […]

Rotimi Babatunde’s Poignant Travel Essay Revisits an Irony of History

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  Last week, Caineprize.com published an essay by Rotimi Babatunde detailing his travel to Germany for a series of workshops […]