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What’s wrong? What’s Not? | by Caleb Ajinomoh | An African Story

In university I studied stock market reports and fingered illegal chalk. I lived with two brothers and one friend of my own. We were funded by our parents, sometimes my friend’s rich uncle or by peddling illegal chalk. My friend, who we called Sly, was from Bayelsa state. Sly gave us illegal chalk. Or rather, […]

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Lauren Beukes Kicks Out Apartheid-Era Assassin from Literary Event

Popular South African novelist Lauren Beukes became the talk of African literary Twitter when she asked Eugene de Kock, an apartheid assassin to leave a party organized by Sunday Times to celebrate writers longlisted for the Sunday Times Alan Paton Literary Prize. She posted on Twitter: Uh. What the Actual Fuck. Apartheid assassin Eugene de […]

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Superhero Africa | Review of Roye Okupe’s Legend of Wale Williams | by Joshua Williams

Roye Okupe’s E.X.O.: The Legend of Wale Williams – Part One, like many superhero comic books and graphic novels, is a coming-of-age story or, perhaps, an “origin story”— which is more or less the same thing. After all, the moment he or she attains self-knowledge and maturity is also the moment the superhero discovers his […]

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A Matatu, a Blind Date, and a Haughty Girl | by Kimuyu Kariuki | An African Story

I’m running late. I have just lied to baba again. I do that a lot nowadays. Baba doesn’t understand that I am a girl and that a girl has needs. I have to look like Barbie—the one beside my bed. That’s the only way I’ll find my prince charming. My prince charming? I’m smiling as […]

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Coming to Terms | by Ifeanyi Jerry Chiemeke | An African Story

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The blaring of sirens was the only sound in the air that night. Strangely enough, the ambulance had arrived early, as if they were aware of what had happened even before it did. Onlookers threw themselves around the place, in a manner that seemed more out of curiosity than genuine concern. Yeah, some went on to […]

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A Romance with the Mean Streets of Gidi | Review of Easy Motion Tourist | by Olusola Alani

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Leye Adenle’s debut novel, Easy Motion Tourist, a fast paced detective novel set entirely in the city of Lagos, is about a British parachute journalist on the trail of electoral fraud in newly-democratic Nigeria. Though it sometimes reads like a Lonely Planet Guide to the City, Leye Adenle’s fictional universe populated by undercover policemen, street […]

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Opportunity for African Writers | Calling All Cameroonian Writers to Enter Short Story Competition

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Bakwa Magazine, a Cameroon-based literary magazine, is inviting writers of Cameroonian descent to participate in a short story competition. Deadline is July 31, so begin drafting your stories now! See below for more details about the prize. Send all enquiries to bakwaeditor@gmail.com. Click here to learn more about Bawka Magazine.  [Please Note: Brittle Paper is not responsible for […]

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Instruction Manual on Self-destruction | by Lucas Chib | African Poetry

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before you’re born, your obsolescence has already been planned. they give you one line on actuarial tables. the rest is up to you. there is no instruction manual on how best to self-destruct, ditch the middle way, the paths of maximum strife and decadence, get you there quicker. and if it’s temporary relief you seek, […]

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“I Give Curiosity a Role” | Interview with Yagazie Emezi | by Kola Tubosun

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Yagazie Emezi, a “multidisciplinary artist”. She is also a bundle of talent who draws, takes great portraits, runs a popular YouTube page, and is also involved in fashion. She was born in Aba in 1989, has a double major in Cultural Anthropology and Africana Studies from the University of New Mexico, and has lived on […]

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What’s wrong? What’s Not? | by Caleb Ajinomoh | An African Story

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In university I studied stock market reports and fingered illegal chalk. I lived with two brothers and one friend of my own. We were funded by our parents, sometimes my friend’s rich uncle or by peddling illegal chalk. My friend, who we called Sly, was from Bayelsa state. Sly gave us illegal chalk. Or rather, […]

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Two Nigerians Win the Brunel University African Poetry Prize

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The 2016 edition of the Brunel University African Poetry Prize was jointly won by two Nigerian poets. Chekwube O. Danladi has been praised for the “sense of social justice” that permeates her work. She was born and raised in Lagos. After spending some time in Washington, DC and in Baltimore, she now studies creative writing […]

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Okorafor Shares the Horribly Painful Experience that Made Her a Writer

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#StoriesToLiveBy We are still reeling from reading this amazing story about triumph in the face of insurmountable odds. 7 years ago, Nnedi Okorafor shared a story on her blog detailing the life-changing experience that brought her to the gift of writing. Last week Wednesday marked yet another anniversary of this dark and difficult moment in […]

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Into the Bush | by Unathi Slasha | An African Story

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Tamkhulu rocks his rickety chair all night and smokes his Dagga pipe in the house and rambles or whistles. At […]

Sin | by Cuba Ukoh | An African Story

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You clock ten and discover every adult’s dirty secret: they all have sex. I was depressed for a week the […]

Okey Ndibe Shares Exciting News With Fans Ahead of his Birthday

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Nigerian novelist Okey Ndibe received the best birthday present any author could ever imagine. Just two days before his birthday […]

Teju Cole’s New Book of 50+ Essays

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Known and Strange Things hits the stands in about 2 months. Teju Cole’s die-hard fans have been waiting for this books for […]

Thabiso Mahlape Comes for Misogynists in the African Literary Community

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All hail the queen of shade! Thabiso Mahlape runs Blackbird Books, an imprint of Jacana Media. She publishes black writers […]

Meet the Instagram Photographer Shortlisted for the 2016 Caine Prize

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Lidudumalingani is a 2016 Caine Prize shortlistee. His beautiful story titled “Memories we Lost”—which you can read here—has him on […]