A Magical Journey! | A Review of Nnedi Okorafor’s Kabu Kabu | by Wole Talabi

Pub. Date: October 2, 2013. Prime Books. 264 pp. Buy Paper Back and Kindle Kabu Kabu is a pidgin term for those dodgy taxis operating cheaply in many parts of Nigeria.  And as the book jacket says, they generally get you where you need to be, one way or the other. A fitting name then for [...]

Paging All Teju Cole Fans! Check Out The Téju, a Jacket Named After Teju Cole

    Loving this little love affair between fashion and the African literary scene. So Teju Cole—the author of Open City—and Ikire Jones, a philly-based fashion designer, are chums. For his “Savage and Saints” 2014 Collection, Ikire Jones names an Ankara-print sport coat after Teju Cole. Teju who thinks highly of his friend’s work seems [...]

A Little Note On Ngugi, Achebe, And My Post-Nobel Prize Blues

  The Nobel Prize fever has come and gone. We rooted for Ngugi wa Thiongo. He didn’t win. Only God knows by what arcane, mystical calculations the Nobel Committee decides on who gets the laureate for literature. But in the past few weeks, I’ve been thinking about all the well-wishing, the hoping, the praying leading up to the [...]

Warsan Shire’s Tenure as London’s Young Poet Laureate Comes to a Sweet End

A year ago, we reported the appointment of Warsan Shire as London’s first ever young poet laureate. Well, a whole year has now passed and her tenure has come to an end. According to BBC news, she had a memorable “year of residences ranging from the Houses of Parliament to beauty salons…as well as the creation [...]

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The Initiation | by Eche Nduka | A Poem

i ENTRY: with your hands in your pockets, you walked into the room and the lights went off. “you’ve come on your own accord!” a voice roared and the doors locked behind you. “on your knees!” another voice ordered. you knelt and closed your eyes as Mozart’s requiem in D minor embraced the room. ii [...]

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From Chibok With Love | By Wole Soyinka | Humanist Award Acceptance Speech

Here is Soyinka’s timely and thought-provoking speech on the stolen girls of Chibok. He presents a strong critique of contemporary humanist thought, particularly its struggles and failures to adequately engage with religious fundamentalism. Soyinka is essentially asking: How do you even begin to address the absurdity of a thought system that imagines it is “virtuous…to abduct [...]

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Okwiri’s Critique of Our Stories Was Invaluable | Sydney Mugerwa on Writivism Mentorship

A while back, I was among those selected from across Africa to participate in a writing program, organized by Centre for African Cultural Excellence (CACE), dubbed Writivism. For somebody with one hundred or so badly written teenage poems lying forgotten in diaries and collecting dust and numerous futile childish attempts at writing short stories long [...]

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Why We Love Saraba Magazine’s The Poet of Sand by Umar sidi

  To the Romantic poet, P. B. Shelley, “poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world.” To Wole Soyinka, the power of the poet is not that of a legislator—a law maker—but of a vagabond. The poet is “restless seeker,” he writes in Samarkand and Other Markets I Have Known, and it is this restlessness coupled with [...]

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Farafina Goes for Elegant & Artistic in the Cover of the Nigerian Edition of Adichie’s Americanah

The Nigerian edition of Chimamanda Adichie’s Americanah is soon to be out, and I’m loving the cover. Nigerian artist, Victor Ehikhamenor, shared it on Facebook and captioned the image with the following statement: Creating a cover for a book is akin to making a customized wedding gown. My new cover of Chimamanda Adichie’s Americanah for [...]

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A Magical Journey! | A Review of Nnedi Okorafor’s Kabu Kabu | by Wole Talabi

Pub. Date: October 2, 2013. Prime Books. 264 pp. Buy Paper Back and Kindle Kabu Kabu is a pidgin term for those dodgy taxis operating cheaply in many parts of Nigeria.  And as the book jacket says, they generally get you where you need to be, one way or the other. A fitting name then for [...]

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We Celebrate Linda Ikeji and Pa Ikhide’s New Found Twitter Love

Ikhide Ikheloa is a literary critic. Linda Ikeji is the Queen of Nigerian online tabloid. Their worlds couldn’t be more apart. But last month, Ikhide took to twitter to declare his love for Linda Ikeji. I love Linda Ikeji! She is the most influential African writer on earth! Ask her hundreds of millions of followers! *swoons* [...]

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Literary Things Invented by African Writers | Wole Soyinka’s Prisonettes

  The sonnet may not have been invented in Africa, but our poets write beautiful sonnets everyday. Novels may not have been invented in Africa, but our novels are some of the most beautiful ever written.  We do have inventions of our own, though. African writers have always played with form and style and content [...]

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Congrats to the Authors Longlisted for The Etisalat Prize for Literature

Ten lucky authors have been longlisted for the second edition of the Etisalat Prize for literature.  Speaking for the panel [...]

African Literature On Instragram | Teju Cole, Binyavanga, Selasi, Soyinka, Lauren Beukes, Adichie, and More

It’s Friday! And as usual, I like keeping it light and fun at Brittle Paper. Here are a few African [...]

“Writing Is Sometimes, An Act of Faith!” | Saaleha Bhamjee on Being Shortlisted for Writivism Prize

It was on a narrow stretch of road, sometime in January, somewhere between Victoria Falls and Bulawayo, that my phone [...]

These Words Expose Us | An Anthology by #TheNakedConvos Collective

TheNakedConvos (TNC), the acclaimed and award-winning Nigerian group, have published their first anthology. It is a collection of short stories [...]

Here is How to Apply for the 2015 Writivism Creative Writing Workshops

The Writivism 2015 workshops will be held on various dates in January 2015 in five different African cities. The three-day [...]

Obafemi Awolowo University Alumni Collaborate on Poetry/Photography Project

Whenever I find a cool literary project, I love sharing it with you guys. Here is  “Sandstorms in June,” a [...]