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End of the World, Perhaps | by Erhu Amreyan | An African Story

It was on a normal Saturday morning that the world decided to go to shit. I’d just returned to my apartment after meeting a client, all worn out and tired. I took a cold shower and made myself some breakfast—corn flakes, toast and jam, tea and vodka. I never eat anything without alcohol. Call me […]

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That Time Before Before | by Francesca O. Ekwuyasi | An African Story

Dear Freya, Do you remember the time that your stepmother walked in on us? God, the humiliation. There was something about that night, though. I felt more connected to you than before. I wanted to talk about it, but I felt a bit daft, blathering on and on afterwards while you smoked and smiled and […]

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Do Not Sail the Arctic | by Carl Terver | African Poetry

Did you sail the arctic and caught a cold and returned to an aridness at home and your wells apostatic to warmth Did this cold seize your wick Did your infection kill the birds Did you die after the years Your epitaph read, I guess by a dear friend who remembered ‘Do not sail the […]

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Review: Leila Aboulela’s New Novel is a Powerful Account of Islamic Cosmopolitanism

Avid readers of contemporary African fiction have much to thank Leila Aboulela for. Today African writing is highly sought-after in the global literary market. It was not always like that. After the slump of the ‘80s and ‘90s, it was writers such as Aboulela, in the company of Yvonne Vera, Ben Okri, Helon Habila and […]

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Not Yet Uhuru! | by James Ogunjimi |An African Story

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He first time he came across those words in a community library. Books at the library were being rearranged and those tagged ‘old’ were being discarded to make way for new ones. He had seen those words written boldly on the cover of a book sitting on the floor of the bookshelf. Like ant to […]

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Chanji | by Amatesiro Dore | An African Story

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Finally it’s our turn to queue in front of the dogonyaro tree. The men did last week. “Father’s name?” The Registration Man asks. “Aliyu,” I say. He frowns like it’s my fault he asked the wrong question. He ought to have asked for my husband’s name. He asks the correct question. I think: should I […]

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Interview | Laura Murphy of Modern African Writers Series Talks African Publishing | by Ainehi Edoro

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Welcome to our weekly interview sessions. This week, we are featuring a chat with literature professor Laura Murphy who is the series editor for the Modern African Writers series. It is rare to meet someone who both studies and publishes African fiction, which is why I’m so excited to share our very illuminating conversation about contemporary […]

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Gleam | by Eyitemi Egwuenu | African Poetry

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When you were standing on the shoreline—protagonist of a restless cast; watching darkness ripen into morning . . . When lapping waves licked the lips of a bank of sand, and your thoughts rode out to sea— morsels on the palms of silence— tossed by the waves but did not sink . . . When […]

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Holy Sex Wins Best Short Story Series at the 2015 Nigerian Writers Awards

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This weekend had me smiling to the moon and back. Holy Sex, the super-popular story series written by Obinna Udenwe and published here on Brittle Paper won the Nigerian Writers Award for best short story series. {Click here to read the first episode} The Nigerian Writers Awards rewards writers and other industry stakeholders for the work […]

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The Last Mathematician | by Kearoma Mosata | An African Story

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This morning the last mathematician took his last breath. Silently, serenely and without warning he heaved a sigh of content at a life well lived and wandered off to join the greats. *** This morning I woke up at my usual time and made my sick father bogobe. I served it with sugar and milk as […]

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Review: Forbidden Love and Northern Nigerian Riddles in Abubakar Ibrahim’s Debut Novel | by Jumoke Verissimo

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How does a woman culturally bound to never express love for her child keep his memory alive when he dies? How does she grieve the loss of a child to whom she offered no warmness? How can taboo love liberate a woman made to believe that sexual expression is a show of whoredom? What happened to Nigeria […]

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Flora Nwapa and the Letter That Changed Nigerian Literature Forever

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In the early 1960s, Flora Nwapa sent Chinua Achebe a mail containing a manuscript. She probably didn’t imagine that much would come out of it. Unlike most writers of her time, becoming a writer did not start out as a life’s goal. “There was nothing in me when I was in school that made me feel […]

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Blessed by a Witch | by Dorothy Diamond | An African Story

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Leila loved going to the botanical gardens and spending some quiet time alone, with her bible in hand. It was […]

Meeting Adichie Inspired Her to Write Stories About Benin City | Interview with Dianah Aigiomawu | by Ainehi Edoro

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Dianah Aigiomawu’s story should be an inspiration to all aspiring writers out there. A few weeks ago, she had no […]

Confessions of a Booklover | By Basit Jamiu

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Some books hand me the license to question everything, even the life inside me and the lives of others too. […]

Food in African Fiction | 5 Novels About Love, Murder, and Memory

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Sometimes it’s hard to decide which is more comforting—eating food or reading novels. My trick to finding that blissful meeting point […]

Review | Obinna Udenwe Explores Marital Infidelity in African Households | By Udo Okoronkwo-Chukwu

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“Bedfellows,” a short story by Obinna Udenwe, tells a fascinating tale about a woman named Agnes whose unfaithfulness leads to the […]

Holiday | by Kirby Manià | African Poetry

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Untethering the self from the everyday practice of life, I become a ship unanchored I feel a return to what is […]