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A Friendly Reading Match! | Photos from Lagos Literary Event Featuring Victor Ehikhamenor and Toni Kan

Last Sunday, two celebrated figures in the Nigerian literary community went head to head in a bid to settle scores between fiction and non-fiction. Victor Ehikhamenor is an artist and essayist. Toni Kan is a Lagos-based fiction writer. In what many are calling an unusual literary event, they challenged each other in a reading duel hosted […]

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Roaming | by Fareeda Abdulkareem | An African Story

Roaming The car moved along Victoria Island making tick tick sounds beneath them as if a rat had somehow gotten under and was scrambling to find a way out. She listened to her friend ramble on about her ex boyfriend who had reappeared in her life through a random whatsapp message. “He wanted to reach […]

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On Fictionalizing Violence: Sebald Versus Poverty Porn

Clemantine Wamariya and her sister left home to escape genocide in Rwanda. They wandered from refugee camp to refugee camp for 6 years until they gained asylum in the United States where they now novel live. Clemantine, who does advocacy work against genocide, recently shared a longer version of this story in the online magazine Matter. [Read Here] […]

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African Twitter Erupts Over #IfAfricaWasABar Hashtag

It all started with this tweet: If Africa was a bar, what would your country be drinking/doing? — Siyanda-Panda (@SiyandaWrites) July 27, 2015 Ever since then, #ifafricawasabar has gone viral with over 60,000 tweets and counting. The jokes, sarcasm, reality checks, and outrageous memes keep pouring in. It’s all about Africans revealing how they perceive […]

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Africa’s Rising Literary Stars | Meet Akwaeke Emezi

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The literary hustle is tough. That’s why we have nothing but mad love and respect for our African writers, both aspiring and established, who inspire us daily with their work and their passion for documenting our stories.  To show these writers some good ‘ole Brittle Paper love, we are launching a new series to celebrate their successes.  […]

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Ten Life Lessons From Chaka | By David Evans | Book Review

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A while back, David Evans and I had a Twitter conversation. Somewhere along the line I recommended Chaka, a historical novel by Thomas Mofolo. Evans read it and wrote the review posted below. Evans, a World Bank economist, is the most avid reader you’d ever meet. He is a fan of African novels and writes a […]

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Interview | Eghosa Imasuen Talks Nigerian Publishing Industry & Obasanjo’s Memoirs | by Kola Tubosun

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Eghosa Imasuen is the C.O.O at Farafina-Kachifo, one of Africa’s top publishing houses. He is the author of To Saint Patrick and Fine Boys. He is also a medical doctor. Last year, Farafina published the memoirs of former president Olusegun Obasanjo. The book was subsequently banned and only recently released.   In this interview, I talk to Imasuen […]

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I am Not my Hair | by Farida Bagalaaliwo | An African Essay

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I remember sitting between my mother’s knees, feeling my 5inch/6inch hair pulled and prodded with love, just so; hairpins stuck in the back, left, right and center to hold that little short mass of hair into a ‘puff'(bun). My face scrunched and wincing with each pull of the brush, and an occasional “ouch” when the […]

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Her Tapestry | by Refilwe Kerekang | A Lyrical Prose

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I seem to have forgotten long days and short nights. They made me, molded me and accepted me with all my cuts and bruises, strengths and flaws, shines and darkness. I am here, still. She came back to me to remind me of her, that she never left, her bags are still in the lobby, […]

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African Writers on Writing | Lauren Beukes Likens Writing to a Virus, an Infection, and a Parasite

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There are aspiring African writers out there working hard to produce good work. To help them get ahead in the literary hustle, we  keep an eye out for words of encouragement and advice from successful African authors. This edition of the “African Writers on Writing” series comes straight out of South Africa where all sorts of interesting […]

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Publishing Opportunity For African Writers | Submissions to Voices Anthology Now Open

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The editors of a new anthology project called Voices invite writers and artists to submit their work for publication. The objective of the publication is to use art and literature to tell stories exploring space and place within a globalized world. The theme of the issue currently being assembled is the ancient city of Ife, an iconic […]

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Review of The Sail | An Anthology of Writings by Students in a Lagos Secondary School

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  The Sail is a collection of stories, poems, essays, artwork, and play written by students at Whitesands School. The project is revolutionary for the simple reason that it carves out a literary space for very young writers—in this case students in a Lagos secondary school. Working with Tade Ipadeola and Chika Unigwe—both award winning authors—Kola […]

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C: the Origin of the Third Letter | by Yuan Changming | African Poetry

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a Phoenician throw-stick held high in his right hand the Egyptian basket lying far beyond his reach what was, what […]

Ibadan Girl at the Stockholm Pride | Ayodele Olofintuade | An Essay

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Where Are All the Black People? Their eyes slide away from yours. Your smile is never returned. You’re black, you’re […]

Publishing Opportunity for Nigerian Writers | Saraba Manuscript Project | Entries Now Open

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Aspiring writers with completed fiction or non-fiction manuscripts, listen up. The brilliant folks at Saraba Magazine just launched a literary […]

Ikire Jones and the Art of Blending Fashion and African Storytelling

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Ikire Jones is not just a fashion brand. It is a creative project that enriches fashion with an aesthetic ideology of […]

The Girl with the Mami Wata Tattoo | by Mame Bougouma Diene | An African Story

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She had a Mami Wata tramp stamp tattooed on her lower back. Conveniently located so her ass crack was her […]

Clarity on Load-shedding | by Khaya Ronkainen | African Poetry

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I visited a country romantic people live there eat dinner by candlelight most days. Cold shower—– remedy illusions. Where’s energy? […]