manyika-sarah-ladipo

Betting on Africa | By Sarah Ladipo Manyika | An Essay

When my first novel came out, I, like many debut authors, gave world rights to my publisher. I signed with a British publisher who subsequently sold the African rights to a Nigerian publisher. At the time, I hadn’t realized that African publishers are almost always at the very end of rights negotiations. They must buy, […]

13899833473_373d5ebbd1_b

The Grey House | by Ogbu Godwin Ikechukwu | An African Story

It’s a Saturday morning. You roll off the bed sheet and let it drop into a metal bucket. You reach for a bar of soap and a sachet of detergent from on top the centre table. You let them fall into the bucket, too. The tap is out in the front yard, and it is […]

5528225625_cd0f0fa0e8_b

In a Pub in the Hearafter | By P Ochieng Ochieng | An African Story

Except at the end of the cycle, when the AFRO PRESIDENTS pub fills to capacity, Jomo always stops by for a drink. Today he occupies a spot close to the pub’s Eastern portal. His eyes are glued to a book. Reaching out for his beer-mug, he raises it above his grey beard and takes a […]

african-fan-fiction-erotica-nnedi-okorafor-3

My Lover is an Alien | by Kiru Taye | African Fan-fiction Erotica

I hope you enjoy the third edition of Brittle Paper’s African fan-fiction erotica. Every February right around Valentine’s Day, I join forces with UK-based erotica writer Kiru Taye to rewrite an iconic African novel as a steamy love story, featuring very explicit sexual encounters. The first year was a love tryst between Okonkwo and his third […]

Recent News

Categories:

Say Hello to DJ Teju! | Teju Cole Sets Up a New Fanbase on Spotify

tejucolespotifyplaylist

Teju Cole’s fans run to him for all sorts of things—for advice on how to be a good writer [here], for his work as a storyteller, his illuminating commentaries on photography, his effortless star power on social media—the list is endless. So it isn’t entirely strange that they can now go to him for suggestions on a […]

Read More 0 Comments

Professor Banda | by Keletso Mopai | An African Story

3906408730_04a820dbb7_o-e1461598634482-1-e1461598681217

It was the second semester of my first year, having made my way through the first semester and passing all my first semester modules. My roommate and friend Ntokozo and I walked to Professor .M. Banda’s office after our Chem102 class to collect our first Chem102 test scripts. Professor M. Banda was a Congolese lecturer, […]

Read More 6 Comments

The Flesh and Blood of Family | by Abigail George | African Poetry

7794891704_7aaf20a280_b-e1461596693153-1-e1461596775510

The flesh and blood of family The ominous map of my mother is a landscape of green glass that makes me flinch. There’s the pleasing memory of dance in the dreams that come to us while we sleep. Lust on a battlefield. I need to know this. War, you’re leaving her. Now my mother is […]

Read More 0 Comments

Chigozie Obioma on Jowhor Ile’s Debut Novel | Good Opening, Awkward Ending

Author-photo-credit-Zina-Saro-Wiwa-2-e1461595467921

Johwor Ile’s And After Many Days is one of the most highly anticipated and much talked-about African novels of 2016. The novel is finally out! It is a suspenseful family drama that tells the story of a Port Harcourt household struggling to come to terms with the sudden disappearance of a child. The novel comes highly recommended by high […]

Read More 1 Comment

Poetry 101 | by Chioma Nnanna | An African Story

8580686406_6c54facf95_k-e1460826679302-1-e1460826711729

As she bent over to pick up the white board marker, the rest of the world faded out. It was me and this intriguing glorious enchantress, oh, and that marker that knew just when to fall, in this life of sin. My breath caught in my chest as she rose, in a slow seductive motion, […]

Read More 2 Comments

Cash Money | by Okey Egboluche | An African Story

8449167986_b3f8907231_z-e1460824513692-1-e1460824546244

“Cash money!” “Cash money!” They hailed you. It made you feel good. You were on top of the world and you ordered another round of beer. You told Usoro, the busty sales girl to replace the empty green bottles with fresh ones.  You watched her backside shake in rhythm as she moved to the counter.  […]

Read More 9 Comments

Virgin Instinct | by Eze Ifeanyichukwu Peter | An African Story

13899833473_373d5ebbd1_b

She came out from somewhere. I asked her to come. She did. We greeted warmly. And then I asked her to follow me. She did without any show of refusal as if she expected my asking. I led the way as if I expected her to pay heed. Wasn’t it normal that I asked? Wasn’t […]

Read More 0 Comments

In Search of Cleansing | by Zoë Gadegbeku | African Poetry

16055435478_efdd4fd5b7_b-e1460823359583-1-e1460823409380

The man led me to the water to pray, but when I got there I saw; Lava melting flesh off bone, Skeletons dissolving in acid, skulls with frozen screams making useless pleas to the sky, Toxic sludge turning the grass an unholy amber color. I knelt by the water to pray, but before my eyes […]

Read More 1 Comment

Thy Queendom Come | by Onyeka Obi | An African Story

8071879903_e500c3966e_k-e1460744670944-1-e1460744723660

Dread and anticipation gripped her as she glanced cell door No. 9669. She clasped her fist tighter around the blackjack, […]

A Brief History of African Writers Dancing Their Hearts Out

CeARDQWW0AI5QTb-1-e1460934977712

No, this is not a dream. Fiston Mwanza Mujila, Africa’s most beloved debut novelist, is dancing with Asa. Who knew […]

Obioma | by Shayera Dark | An African Story

7217831348_7015407332_o-e1460822821630-1-e1460822860805

“It was an entrapment. They blackmailed me.” It was 3am Dakar time. I was sitting up now in bed, my […]

Binyavanga Wainaina is Recovering Well After Suffering Major Stroke

binyavanga-wainaina-medical-fund-e1460370483606-1-e1460370562285

Remember when we shared the news that Binyavanga Wainaina had suffered a stroke? [Read here if you missed it.] Binyavanga […]

“Esu is Not Satan” | Interview with Orisa Priestess Ifawemimo Omitonade | by Kola Tubosun

Screen-Shot-2016-04-10-at-8.49.14-PM-e1460362888976-1-e1460363087218

Omítọ̀nàdé Ifáwẹ̀mímọ́ is an Orisa priestess who is also a graduate of Economics from the Obafemi Awolowo University. She was […]

Opportunity for African Writers | Apply for a Chance to Study With Chimamanda Adichie

opportunity-for-african-writers-1-3-e1460366123905

Every year, Farafina Trust organizes a literary workshop in Lagos. Aspiring writers are invited to a ten-day intensive writing retreat […]