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Lesley Nneka Arimah Picked for the US National Book Foundation’s “5 Under 35” List

Lesley Nneka Arimah has been picked for the US National Book Foundation’s “5 Under 35” list of 2017, on the strength of her debut short story collection, What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky. She becomes the fourth African fiction writer to be so honoured after Dinaw Mengestu in 2007, NoViolet Bulawayo […]

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The Photographer as an Osprey | John “Lighthouse” Oyewale | Essay

On 30 June, we published Work Naija: The Book of Vocations, an anthology of writing and visual art that explores the idea of work. Edited by Otosirieze Obi-Young and introduced by Rotimi Babatunde, it is the second anthology in the Art Naija Series. We are republishing a few pieces from it. Here is John “Lighthouse” Oyewale’s essay, “The […]

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Zukiswa Wanner Calls Out Misogyny in South Africa, Kenya and Zimbabwe, Takes on Politicians and the Media

Zukiswa Wanner has called out misogyny in South Africa, Kenya and Zimbabwe, taking on politicians and the media in the three countries. In an essay in Mail & Guardian, titled “Three Countries. Three Heartbreaks. One Week,” she writes: “I have had this feeling that I live on a continent that harbours a deep hatred for […]

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Dinaw Mengestu and Nadifa Mohamed Have New Work in Freeman’s Magazine

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Dinaw Mengestu and Nadifa Mohammed both have new fiction forthcoming in the new fourth issue of Freeman’s magazine. Titled “The Future of New Writing,” the issue collects work by “29 passengers we think will continue to be traveling into the future—perhaps even define it.” Freeman’s is named after, and edited by, former Granta editor and former […]

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The Brittle Paper Literary Awards: New Date for the Announcement of Winners

The announcement of the winners of the inaugural Brittle Paper Literary Awards was scheduled for 23 September 2017. However, a change in our plans has ensured that we are unable to go ahead with this date. The winners will now be announced on 23 October 2017. Read: Announcing the Brittle Paper Literary Awards: The Shortlists In […]

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The Reviews Are In! | Namwali Serpell Has High Praise for Jennifer Makumbi’s Kintu

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Jennifer Makumbi’s Kintu is one of the hit novels of 2017. A historical drama, it tells the story of an 18th century Ugandan patriarch whose actions bring misfortune on his descendants. Kintu is a cross-generational novel that jump-cuts across centuries and decades. To say the story is gripping is an understatement. Kintu is a certifide unputdownable! […]

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New Website Collects Everything Binyavanga Wainaina Has Written Since the Late 1990s

A new Website has collected everything published by Binyavanga Wainaina since his writing career began in the late 1990s. The site, Planetbinya.org, is run by Isaac Otidi Amuke. This “unofficial archive of Binyavanga Wainaina’s work” includes his very first published piece, “Black Mischief,” in G21 magazine. G21 also published his Caine Prize-winning “Discovering Home,” an autobiographical […]

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Opportunity for All Writers | Submit to Vanguard Literary Services’ HIV/AIDS Awareness Anthology

To mark the 2017 World HIV/AIDS Day on December 1, Vanguard Literary Services, a bookselling company in Nigeria, has called for entries for an anthology of “contemporary short stories and poems that explore HIV/AIDS and sex education,” to be published on that day. It would be made available for free downloads. This anthology is open […]

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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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The Graywolf Press Africa Prize Launches with Igoni A. Barrett as Judge

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A new award just dropped: the Graywolf Press Africa Prize, for “a first novel manuscript by an African author primarily residing […]

Nnedi Okorafor Celebrates Everyday African Life in New Superhero Comic

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A little over two years ago, South African Sci-fi writer Lauren Beukes collaborated with D. C. Comics on a Wonder […]

Redemption | Andrew Aondosoo Labe | Poetry

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A Pastor says the devil landed here in ‘77. His broken legs can be seen in the twin-rivers. Three-eyed demons […]

From the Storyteller’s House | Ebenezer Agu | Poetry

There’s always an old man in every castle. Sometimes, when he’s not the king’s physician, he goes about collecting the […]

Helen Oyeyemi Shortlisted for the BBC National Short Story Award

Helen Oyeyemi has been shortlisted for the BBC National Short Story Award. Her story, “If a Book Is Locked There’s […]

Hang No Clothes Here | Bolaji Olatunde | Novel Excerpt

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Hang No Clothes Here, Bolaji Olatunde’s second novel, is out this month from Parresia/Origami Publishers. Set in 2011, it follows a policeman […]