Mad Men Of Nollywood —1960s Fashion In Half Of A Yellow Sun Film

By Onyinye Ofoegbu Half of a Yellow Sun film boasts a 1960s wardrobe that calls to mind recent screen productions like Mad Men. It’s universally known that whether in a film or a novel, so much of storytelling takes place on the bodies of characters. That’s why the costume designer is as much a storyteller [...]

“Where A Ghost Has Rights” — Review of Chris Abani’s Secret History of Las Vegas

Pub. Date: Jan 7, 2014. Penguin. 319 pp. Download HERE.  In a 1986 interview, the Zimbabwean novelist, Dambudzo Marachera, speaks of a strange artistic sensibility. He speaks of how the will to write often takes him to “a region where a ghost has rights.” In the same interview, he confesses to having a bizarre fascination [...]

Why Only Africans Worry About Poverty Porn

Africa is the only continent bothered about being perceived as poor. There is a historical reason for this. The idea of Africa as the poor continent is as old as the 17th and 18th centuries—those heady days of European optimism when philosophers squandered precious ink drafting the stories that will define the project of modernity. Every story [...]

Paper Death: How To Kill A Character The Achebe Way

It may have been in 1980 that the American novelist, John Updike, wrote a letter to Chinua Achebe. Updike had just finished reading The Arrow of God and had a few things to say about it. He said in the letter: The final developments of Arrow of God proved unexpected and, as I think about them, [...]

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10 Signs You Don’t Really Know African Novels

  1. You read Things Fall Apart. Then you skipped the next four decades. Now you can’t stop talking about Adichie. 2. You think Soyinka is the only African Nobel Laureate. This is either because you are plain and simply ignorant or maybe you do know of Gordimer and Coetzee and Mafouz but haven’t yet [...]

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ADUNNI By Ayodele Olofintuade — Episode 8, The End

The idea that a person would desire death is insane. But an Abiku is not like us. Having to stay on earth without the possibility of dying young is an Abiku’s worse fate. In the past seven weeks, we’ve watched as Adunni—our beloved Abiku—struggled to turn around the misfortune of being born into the Lamorin [...]

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The Ebedi Interview: Q&A With Gertrude Uzoh

The first of a series of Q&As with the three most recent alumni of Ebedi International Writers Residency.  Ebedi Writers Residency founded by Wale Okediran (Tenants of the House) is, perhaps, the best kept secret in the African literary community. Tucked away in Iseyin, a small town in the western parts of Nigeria, Ebedi gives resident [...]

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Mad Men Of Nollywood —1960s Fashion In Half Of A Yellow Sun Film

By Onyinye Ofoegbu Half of a Yellow Sun film boasts a 1960s wardrobe that calls to mind recent screen productions like Mad Men. It’s universally known that whether in a film or a novel, so much of storytelling takes place on the bodies of characters. That’s why the costume designer is as much a storyteller [...]

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Rediscovery by Gbenga Adesina | Brittle Paper Poetry

We settled into the warmth only, Only those shadows could give, broke Sunbeams into three. One for you and I, two for every single knoll I Crossed on this river of rediscovering you. We flecked shadows on the walls, watched Our touches sizzle, felt them crawl into spaces humid as The heart. And like those [...]

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If You Ever Meet Wole Soyinka, DO NOT Utter This 9-Word Sentence

Meeting someone like Wole Soyinka or any literary celebrity for that matter can be a truly amazing experience. You’ve read their novels, stalked them online, read every essay they’ve written, drawn inspiration from their views on life, literature, and politics. One day your dream of meeting this person comes true. The easiest way to blow that [...]

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Asked Point Blank If She’s A Political Writer, Adichie Says…

I think I’m a political person; I’m a person who’s interested in politics. I’m interested in the way the world works; I’m interested in understanding it. I actually think of myself as a political student. “Political writer” always makes me sort of  stop and think because, OK, what does that mean? And I think it [...]

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ADUNNI By Ayodele Olofintuade — Episode 7, And forgive us our trespasses

 Adunni has got to be the most miserable Abiku out there. From the moment she’s born into the Lamorin family, it’s be an unending string of disasters. But After Adunni’s destruction spree from last week, Mother Earth decides to take things into her hand. She’s convened a meeting by the River of Tears. Everyone—Adunni’s earthly family, [...]

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Music Only We Hear by Kiah | A Brittle Paper Love Story

Hauwa and Buba’s love is as beautiful as it is forbidden. From the savage winters of New York to the [...]

Human And Animal Bodies Chopped And Sewn Together? It’s Called African Scifi

  Last year, the South African science fiction writer, Lauren Beukes, challenged what we thought we knew about serial killers [...]

The Icarus Factor by Gloria Kiconco | Brittle Paper Poet

Icarus to Icari the dead in us fly with Daedalus the living I has caught the sky between my wings [...]

Hiding in the Cupboard by Obinna Udenwe | A Brittle Paper Storyteller

Synopsis: Living with an abusive father is unbearable and sometimes the only way to cope is to wish for his [...]

Bread and Roses by Tendai Huchu | A Brittle Paper Storyteller

“Bread and Roses” is a song that has haunted my psyche for the last few years, right from the very [...]

ADUNNI By Ayodele Olofintuade — Episode 6, Labake

Gbonka, our beloved Babalawo, is failing woefully to conclude the final rites of Adunni’s earthing, so she continues the spate [...]