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Lidudumalingani: “I cannot help but feel his body against mine, light and fragile”

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In the past few days, this image of a boy covered in dust and blood has been making its rounds on social media. His name is Omran Daqneesh. The image comes from a video taken after an airstrike in Aleppo, a city in Syria. As the image continues to generate outrage against the horror of what some […]

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Things Fall Apart should be buried and never made to resurrect

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Onyeka Nwelue is the king of African literary controversy. In the age of political correctness, Nwelue dishes out a steady stream of unfiltered comments about African writing and literary culture. In a recent interview with Wealth Ominabo Dickson, Nwelue essentially dismisses Things Fall Apart as a not very intelligent piece of juvenilia—an work of questionable quality written […]

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Liquid Blue | by Keith Mundangepfupfu | African Poetry

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Here, Us dancing Queening like Beyoncé Blaming it all on the Vodka and the MaryJane Dreading the hangover tomorrow Enjoying the looseness of our bodies In love with each other In love with ourselves In love with the DJ Crushing on the bartender Saying things, we won’t remember Light as flowers falling in Fall Full […]

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The Spirit and The Chi | by T.J. Benson | An African Story

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The Chi of a young woman and the spirit of her late grandmother argued over who should take care of her. ‘There are many of you,’ asserted her Chi, ‘but there can only be one of me.’ ‘You didn’t give birth to her!’ screamed the dead old woman so that the night wind howled and […]

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Review | Imbolo Mbue’s Behold the Dreamers Reinvents the Classic Immigrant Story

Behold the Dreamers is beautifully Achebean.

Imbolo Mbue opens Behold the Dreamers with a quote from Deuteronomy in which Moses speaks of a future arrival in “a good land” abundant with food and wealth. Mbue places this archetypal story of migration at the heart of her novel so that she could reinvent the way we tell stories of how people move […]

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How to Lose The Girl | by Dare Segun Falowo | African Scifi

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  I The boy’s Marblehead glows dull blue. He twitches lightly every seven minutes or so. He is sunken into the burn-dimpled upholstery of the large chair. It has held him in its red velvet hug for over twenty five hours as the glow of his Marblehead has pulsed in intensity according to the activity […]

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African Literature on Instagram Vol. 8 | Chibundo Onuzo’s Style File

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Chibundu Onuzo recently announced the forthcoming release of her new book. It’s titled Welcome to Lagos. The cover is gorgeous. We even shared it here last week. [click here if you missed it.] All that is great news, but that’s not what we want to talk about this Friday afternoon. How about the fact that […]

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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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The white man will never understand these sentences, but they are our sentences

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Ikhide Ikheloa is the intellectual conscience of the African literary community. He writes insightful commentaries on literature and culture, but […]

Support African Writing | Help fund SSDA’s Migration Anthology

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 Short Story Day Africa (SSDA) is one of our go-to places for African writing. We love and are proud of the […]

Can You Decode the Hidden Message in Teju Cole’s Powerful Fable?

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Big things come in small packages as they say. On August 1, Teju Cole posts a story titled “Fable” on his […]

Join Us Today as We Host Nike Campbell-Fatoki Author of Bury Me Come Sunday Afternoon

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Brittle Paper plays host to yet another author. We extend a warm welcome Nike Campbell-Fatoki who is just starting out on […]

I deeply dislike expressions like baby bump. I find it vaguely irritating

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A few weeks ago, Chimamanda Adichie successfully popularized the term “performing pregnancy,” which essentially means publicly acting out being pregnant according […]

When You Are Writing, You Are God & Other Lessons | by Lesley Agams | A Farafina Workshop Memoir

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When you are writing, you are God. —Aslak Sira Myhre June 21 – Day One “Tell us one thing you […]