Recent News

Categories:

Brunel International Poetry Prize Unveils 2017 Shortlist of Ten

AfricanPoetryPrize920

Ten poets have been named on the 2017 shortlist of Brunel University’s International African Poetry Prize. The announcement was made in a statement published on the official website of the prize. The £3,000 prize, co-sponsored by Commonwealth Writers, is in its fifth year and is “aimed at the development, celebration and promotion of poetry from Africa.” […]

Read More 0 Comments

Congrats to Adichie for Winning the “One Book, One New York” Contest

adichie one new york

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie seems to be having a great year. She emerges winner in the hotly contested inaugural “One Book, One New York” contest. New Yorkers have selected Americanah for a city-wide book reading event. New Yorkers have been asked to pick up copies of the book, read it, and talk about it in book clubs, […]

Read More 4 Comments

Joe Okonkwo’s Jazz Moon Is a Finalist for the 2017 LAMBDA Literary Awards

When Joe Okonkwo’s debut novel, Jazz Moon, came out last year, we covered it in an interview. Now, we are excited that it has been named a finalist in the Gay Fiction category of the 29th LAMBDA Literary Awards. David Ebershoff, author of The Danish Girl, describes the novel as “passionate, alive, and original.” Jazz Moon follows […]

Read More 0 Comments

Nigerian Author Tolulope Popoola Is Featured in Lancôme Beauty Campaign

popoola lancome campaign

Some of you may know Popoola as the author of Brittle Paper’s wedding story series titled Memoirs of a Lagos Wedding Planner.  The Nigerian novelist and writing coach was recently featured in a Lancôme beauty campaign called “My Shade, My Power.” This places her in the fine company of African female novelists like Chibundu Onuzo, […]

Read More 0 Comments

Namwali Serpell’s The New Yorker Essay Reveals the Satire in Zambia’s “Afronaut” Legend

Serpell-The-Afronaut-1200

Last week, The New Yorker published a heavily-researched essay by Namwali Serpell in its Culture Desk section. Titled “The Zambian ‘Afronaut’ Who Wanted To Join the Space Race,” it is a revealing profile of Edward Mukuka Nkoloso who, as Zambia gained independence from Britain in 1964 at the height of the Cold War, launched, with […]

Read More 0 Comments

Being Black | By Hanna Ali | Poetry

ali black

  Part 1 My skin takes three sessions on the sunbed to achieve It’s hard to perfect the darkness surrounding my elbows and Between my legs There are tones that have never seen sunlight And yet I am a black woman, not medium brown or Medium anything Full-lipped and stretch-marked so far that even on […]

Read More 2 Comments

Oh! Rape | By Saloko Blessing | Poetry

Saloko rape

you ripped off her innocence, made her recoil into a shell of shame and pain, made her throw away the seed of trust. her trust was stripped, her thoughts clouded by you; you gave her no chance no fight, you isolated her heart. if only she knew, she would have chosen a different path. you […]

Read More 1 Comment

Call For Submission | Anthology of Queer Nigerian Art Vol. 2

Untitled-design-e1477680643412

Following the success of We Are Flowers, the Nigeria-based creative collective called 14 is planning a new edition. Like the debut edition, the new issue, set for publication in August, explores various aspects of LGBTQ life. The theme for this year’s anthology is Sex! See below for more details on how to submit your work. The […]

Read More 0 Comments

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.

Subscribe to Blog via Email

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Archives

Alain Mabanckou’s 11th Novel Longlisted for the 2017 Man Booker International Prize

Man booker longlist

Star-writer Alain Mabanckou’s eleventh novel, Black Moses, has been longlisted for the 2017 Man Booker International Prize. Mabanckou has been […]

PHOTOS | Bakwa Magazine’s 2017 Short Story Competition Winner Announced

bakwa magazine story winner edouard

There has been a burst of literary activities in Cameroon thanks to the amazing work done by platforms like Bakwa Magazine. […]

Dear Genevieve | What Are You Reading? (pt. 9) | by Pa Ikhide

What are you reading? I am reading Jowhor Ile’s And After Many Days. I think I will stop reading this […]

2017 Caine Prize Updates | 148 Stories Submitted from 22 Countries

caine prize 2017

2017 marks the 18th edition of the Caine Prize for African Writing. With entries closing on January 31st, the race […]

The Boy | By Ifeanyi Ikechukwu Daniel | A Story

Daniel boy

He is awake now even though he hadn’t really slept. His legs are set aflame by a million stinging bites. […]

Gloom | By Ajah Henry | Poetry

gloom Henry

  Such a halo of gloom walks about with me this day. Like a thick fog of rainless cloud, getting […]