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Fear is a Thing That Evaporates! | My Farafina Workshop Experience | By Eloghosa Osunde

Last month, Eloghosa Osunde took part in one of the most sought-after literary workshops on the continent—The Farafina Trust Creative Writing Workshop. She spent 10 days in Lagos honing her craft under the tutelage of none other than Chimamanda Adichie. Here is her account of the life-changing experience. Enjoy! and click HERE for all the lovely […]

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On Growing up Black, Foreign and Legal in South Africa | by Wadeisor Rukato

On Thursday the 30th of April 2015, I stepped off a taxi coming from the Bree taxi rank in order to make my way toward the MTN taxi rank[1]. I was coming from Greenside, where I work as an intern for a consultancy firm. Immediately I stepped onto the curb, I was stopped by an aggressive […]

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We are Rooting for Wole Soyinka as He Seeks Prestigious Oxford Professorship

Wole Soyinka is a Nobel laureate, but becoming the Professor of Poetry at Oxford University comes with a whole new kind of prestige. For 300 years, poets of great renown have vied to hold what many say is “the top academic poetry role in the UK.” Oxford Professor of Poetry is an elected post, but the […]

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The Poetry of Hair! | Taiye Selasi Partners with Dove Hair in #LoveYourCurls Campaign

Taiye Selasi is known for her cascading shock of black, kinky curls. But being on #teamnatural is not just a styling choice for Ghana’s best selling novelist. It is a message worth spreading. Selasi who has embraced her natural curls ever since her college days wears the hat of a poet in Dove’s Love Your Curl […]

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Fear is a Thing That Evaporates! | My Farafina Workshop Experience | By Eloghosa Osunde

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Last month, Eloghosa Osunde took part in one of the most sought-after literary workshops on the continent—The Farafina Trust Creative Writing Workshop. She spent 10 days in Lagos honing her craft under the tutelage of none other than Chimamanda Adichie. Here is her account of the life-changing experience. Enjoy! and click HERE for all the lovely […]

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WATCH | Room 313 | A Wana Udobang Film | Episode One: Dilim’s Story

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Brittle Paper readers would remember Wana Udobang from her story “Shrink” [read HERE] that later morphed into a short film with the same title [watch HERE]. She’s been a busy bee ever since then and recently put out the first of a short-film series exploring trauma. Room 313 is a “series of vignettes” built around […]

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All the Lovely Photos from the 2015 Farafina Trust Writing Workshop

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Every year, we are inundated with glowing reports from participants in the creative writing workshop convened by Farafina Trust and funded by Nigerian Breweries. The workshop is one of the many writing initiatives that celebrate African writing by seeking to “improve the craft.” According to the conveners of the workshop, the idea is to “encourage […]

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All I Now Know of Life | By Chukwudi Okoye | A Lyrical Story

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It’s not like one can give what one does not have Like playing a piano, or singing in the opera, Like loving a woman (that they say takes a special kind of skill). I remember well that evening When you came back from your meeting And packed your things and left. The sun set with […]

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Yet Another African Novel Begins the Journey to the Big Screen | Khaled Towfik’s Utopia

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Lauren Beukes’ The Shinning Girls, Adichie’s Americanah, Uzodinma Iweala’s Beast of No Nation, and now Ahmed Khaled Towfik’s Utopia. [See HERE, HERE, and HERE] The Egyptian bestselling novel is the latest in a growing collection of African novels optioned for the big screen. Set in 2023, it tells the story of a dystopian world where an […]

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The Dissolution of Love and State | By Zainab Omaki | An African Story

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They bump into each other as she leaves the studio. It’s only 10 a.m. but Maya is already drained from the news she was forced to give in a neutral tone and expression. All around her, production people are shouting in jubilation; hands up and faces alive, like caricatures of happiness, not living, breathing human […]

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How Adichie’s Feminist Pamphlet Started a Trending Twitter Hashtag | #BeingFemaleInNigeria

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Thanks to Chimamanda Adichie’s feminist booklet, an Abuja-based book club sent the hashtag #BeingFemaleInNigeria on a trending spike yesterday. That beautiful moment when you realize that books can change the world! Okay maybe not change the world but at least get people talking about things that truly matter—like raising awareness about sexism in Nigerian society. Here is how […]

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Holy Sex! | by Obinna Udenwe | Episode 6 | A Nigerian Church Erotica

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 You wake up one day and discover that you have been living a life built on unquantifiable illusion— a long life built on deception. You look back at your life and wonder if you’ve been under a spell or something. The first person you contact when you get back into Lagos is Zainab. You are worried […]

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Photo of the Week | Yet Another Adichie Funny Face |#AfricanLiterature

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Yet another Adichie funny face! Adorable or what? [Click HERE if you missed the other one.] This photograph of Ms. Adichie […]

Paging All Londoners! | Don’t Miss AFRICA WRITES — UK’s Biggest African Literary Event

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July 3-5 is the date to mark on your calendar if you live in London or happen to be there. […]

Thank You to the Folks at Writivism!

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I’m so incredibly honored to have served as a judge for the 2015 Writivism Short Story Competition. Working with fellow […]

A Simplistic Archeology of Light | by Ali Znaidi | An African Poem

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Can we discern the light from the glitter of the melting wax? These candles are germinating again like Demiurges on […]

Literary Things Invented by African Writers | Onitsha Market Pamphlets

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The sonnet may not have been invented in Africa, but our poets write beautiful sonnets everyday. Novels may not have […]

Holy Sex! | by Obinna Udenwe | Episode 5 | A Nigerian Church Erotica

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You didn’t love your husband so much when he was alive, so you slept with young men old enough to […]