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Brittle Paper Anniversary Event: Un-Silencing Queer Nigeria | A Conversation on Facebook

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On August 1, 2017, Brittle Paper will be seven years old. To mark our anniversary, we are organising a series of events, among which are Facebook conversations with writers, editors and founders of literary initiatives. This is the second of our anniversary conversations. * For decades, queer Nigerians—lesbians, gays, bisexual, transgender, transsexual—have been nearly absent […]

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PHOTOS | Magunga Williams Compares Kenyan Politicians to Game of Thrones Characters

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Two weeks before Kenya votes for a new president, online bookseller and blogger William Magunga has caused wild excitement by comparing Kenyan politicians to Game of Thrones characters on Facebook. The photo series is titled “Game of Thrones in Kenya.” The characters compared include Cersei Lannister, Ned Stark, Little Finger, Tywin Lannister, Robert Baratheon, Brienne […]

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New-Generation African Poets 2017 Box Set Featured in Vogue Magazine

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African Poetry Book Fund’s New-Generation African Poets: A Chapbook Box Set (Nne) has been featured in Vogue magazine. The feature, written by Tariro Mzezewa, who is Zimbabwean, is titled “In Times of Division, Finding Refuge—and Fighting Back—Through Art.” It explains how poetry and the writings of black women constitute important resistance in the age of […]

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Wole Soyinka’s Poem for the Late Literary Scholar Abiola Irele

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Professor Abiola Irele passed on earlier this month at the age of 81. Born in 1936, the late critic was one of the finest and most respected African literary scholars. Graduating from the University of Ibadan in 1960, he got a PhD in French from the University of Paris, Sorbonne. He eventually joined Harvard as […]

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Tomi Adeyemi’s Million Dollar Book and Movie Deal | All the Scoop + Publication Date

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Harvard graduate Tomi Adeyemi reportedly scored a million-dollar book + movie deal for her young adult trilogy. Her website confirms that the movie is currently in development with Karen Rosenfelt and Wyck Godfrey (Twilight, Maze Runner, The Fault In Our Stars) as producers. This trilogy is being published by Macmillan’s Children Publishing Group while the movie […]

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The 2017 Babishai Haiku Award Shortlist

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Seventeen poets have been named on the 2017 Babishai Haiku Award shortlist. The award is an initiative of the Babishai-Niwe Poetry Foundation whose director is Beverly Nambuzo Nsengiyunva. Here are their names and countries. Charlotte Akello (Uganda). Usman Karofi (Nigeria). Kariuki wa Nyamu (Kenya). Anthony Itopa Obaro (Nigeria). Ahmad Holderness (Nigeria). Fred Kweku Forson (Ghana). Acen […]

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The 2017 NLNG Prize for Literature Longlist

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The Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG) Prize has announced its 2017 longlist of eleven poets, and it includes such well known names as Tanure Ojaide, Obari Gomba, and Jumoke Verissimo whom we’ve featured. At $100,000, the NLNG Prize for Literature is the richest in Africa, and honours a published book of literature. It rotates among […]

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Nnedi Okorafor, Bibi Bakare-Yusuf Among TED Global 2017 Speakers

Nnedi Okorafor and Cassava Republic co-founder Bibi Bakare-Yusuf are among the speakers for the TED Global 2017 in Arusha, Tanzania. The 38-strong list also includes the lexicographer Yvonne Chioma Mbanefo, whose Okowaokwu Igbo Umuaka : Igbo Dictionary for Children became an Amazon bestseller a day after publication, alongside a formidable crop of thinkers in such fields as […]

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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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Homecoming | By Dami Lare | A Mosaic of Torn Places

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In May, we published A Mosaic of Torn Places, an anthology of stories by young Nigerian writers. Dami Lare’s “Homecoming” […]

Opportunity for African Writers | Enter for the 2018 Costa Short Story Award

The 2018 Costa Short Story Award is open for submissions. Founded in 2012 and funded by Costa Coffee, the £3,500 award […]

EVENT: Binyavanga Wainaina to Speak at University of the Witwatersrand

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Binyavanga Wainaina will be speaking at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. He will be in conversation with the researcher […]

On Cultural Constraints on Human Rights | Interview with Farah Ahamed, Winner of the 2017 Gerald Kraak Award

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Days ago, we announced that Africa in Dialogue has published an e-book of interviews with the twelve writers and photographers […]

Opportunity for African Writers | Enter for This £30,000 Short Story Award

Submissions have begun for the 2018 Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award. Founded in 2010 and run by The Society of […]

On Helen Oyeyemi | An Essay

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It was Helen Oyeyemi who first made me realize what I’d always found dissatisfying about short stories. A short story […]