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On Fictionalizing Violence: Sebald Versus Poverty Porn

Clemantine Wamariya and her sister left home to escape genocide in Rwanda. They wandered from refugee camp to refugee camp for 6 years until they gained asylum in the United States where they now novel live. Clemantine, who does advocacy work against genocide, recently shared a longer version of this story in the online magazine Matter. [Read Here] […]

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African Twitter Erupts Over #IfAfricaWasABar Hashtag

It all started with this tweet: If Africa was a bar, what would your country be drinking/doing? — Siyanda-Panda (@SiyandaWrites) July 27, 2015 Ever since then, #ifafricawasabar has gone viral with over 60,000 tweets and counting. The jokes, sarcasm, reality checks, and outrageous memes keep pouring in. It’s all about Africans revealing how they perceive […]

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Somaliland Set for The 2015 Hargeysa International Book Festival

It is all about books starting this weekened at Hargeysa, the capital of Somaliland. The city hosts its 8th International book fair from Saturday August 1 to 6, 2015 and will be welcoming delegates from around the world. The Hargeysa International Book Fair is an opportunity to explore writing from and about this East African […]

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Lament | by JK Anowe | African Poetry

  i do not know how to lure souls from dead songs how to imbibe loss how to inscribe intercourse on the latrine floor i do not know the eleventh thing about God that neglect comes with moons of rust but this is home where it is safe to serrate sugarcane and from your nose […]

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Publication Opportunity for African Writers | The Jeli Story Project

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Dear Brittlepaperians, here is a publishing opportunity for all you aspiring writers. The Jeli is a literary platform that supports innovative storytelling projects. They are calling for submission. According to the ad placed on their website, they are on the look out for “writers who are not well represented in mainstream publishing, particularly black women.” So finish […]

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On Fictionalizing Violence: Sebald Versus Poverty Porn

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Clemantine Wamariya and her sister left home to escape genocide in Rwanda. They wandered from refugee camp to refugee camp for 6 years until they gained asylum in the United States where they now novel live. Clemantine, who does advocacy work against genocide, recently shared a longer version of this story in the online magazine Matter. [Read Here] […]

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African Twitter Erupts Over #IfAfricaWasABar Hashtag

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It all started with this tweet: If Africa was a bar, what would your country be drinking/doing? — Siyanda-Panda (@SiyandaWrites) July 27, 2015 Ever since then, #ifafricawasabar has gone viral with over 60,000 tweets and counting. The jokes, sarcasm, reality checks, and outrageous memes keep pouring in. It’s all about Africans revealing how they perceive […]

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Somaliland Set for The 2015 Hargeysa International Book Festival

Hargeisa International Book Fair 2013, Somaliland

It is all about books starting this weekened at Hargeysa, the capital of Somaliland. The city hosts its 8th International book fair from Saturday August 1 to 6, 2015 and will be welcoming delegates from around the world. The Hargeysa International Book Fair is an opportunity to explore writing from and about this East African […]

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Tristar Acquires Movie Rights to Imbolo Mbue’s Million-Dollar Manuscript

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Last year, we brought you the news of this Cameroonian writer who snagged a million dollar book deal with Random House. [Read HERE if you missed it.] The Longings of Jende Jonga by Imbolo Mbue—set for an April 2016 release—is an immigrant tale set in Brooklyn. The novel explores the 2008 financial crisis from the […]

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We Must Fight Rape Culture | Teju Cole Reacts to the Bill Cosby Controversy

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The New Yorker recently covered the Bill Cosby rape controversy. The piece, which has since gone viral, features the testimonies of 35 women accusing Bill Cosby of sexual assault. If you haven’t read the piece, please do! [read HERE] It will leave you puzzled, saddened, and angry. A couple of days ago, Teju Cole reacted […]

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Points of Departure | by Pearl Osibu | An African Story

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“When should I have left?” You ask, leaving me speechless. Your plaintive voice, certain in its uncertainty reverberates through my entire being. How can I tell you this? I want to scream at you. I want to tell you you know the answer as well as I. I have known you, my friend of many […]

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African Literature on Instagram

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It’s been such a hectic week. I can’t wait to have a relaxing weekend. I have family visiting from out of town, so I’m envisioning delicious dinners and great conversations. Wishing you all a lovely weekend! Meanwhile, to keep things fun here at Brittle Paper, here are pictures of African novels sourced from Instagram. Enjoy! […]

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Interview with His Son Reveals What Wole Soyinka is Like as a Father

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Wole Soyinka is a generally private person. As a result, his readers have learned to make do with connecting to him […]

Applications Now Open for the £15,000 Etisalat Prize for Literature

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Buckle up guys. The search for Africa’s next best fiction is about to begin. The last edition of the Etisalat […]

African Literary Horoscope | Cancer — the Homemakers of the Zodiac

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[AFRICAN LITERARY HOROSCOPE is a series featuring satirical astrological interpretations. The idea is to adapt African fiction and poetic works to the […]

Interview | Pemi Aguda | Winner of the 2015 Writivism Short Story Competition

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A few weeks ago, Pemi Aguda was shortlisted for the 2015 Writivism Short Story Prize, which resulted in her being […]

Answering Chimamanda’s Call | By Akwaeke Emezi

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I became a fan of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie only last year, on the abandoned dance floor of a gay club […]

Catfish | by Wana Udobang | An African Poem

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She clutched me in her clay coloured arms Frail and thin Bruised from the warring earth. She suckled me from […]