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Theft or Chance Resemblance? | Akwaeke Emezi Accuses “White Filmmaker” of Stealing Her Work

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The story about how “a white filmmaker” stole Akwaeke Emezi’s work is still unfolding, but here are the details so far, including some of questions the incident is raising about plagiarism. A couple of days ago, Nigerian writer and filmmaker Akwaeke Emezi wrote on Instagram “in which @marionalloreta, a white filmmaker, stole my work.”  The […]

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The 2016 NLNG Prize Shortlist is a Win for Nigerian Publishers

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Each passing day brings us closer to finding out who will win Africa’s richest prize. 173 authors initially submitted their work for a chance to win the 100,000 dollar NLNG Prize for Literature. Under the review of a panel of judges led by Prof. Dan Izevbaye, 11 authors survived the first round of selection. The longlist has been […]

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What Four Things Would Wole Soyinka Need to Survive in the Desert?

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To kick off our month-long publicity efforts for the 2016 Ake Arts and Books Festival, we are delighted to share this interview that appeared on Issue 12 of the Ake Review—the official journal of the Ake Arts and Books Festival. Soyinka is asked 10 questions ranging from what he would like to have if he found himself […]

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This is Why Adichie Believes Her Great-grandmother Was a Feminist

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  When we talk about the lives of African women in pre-modern times, we tend not to evoke the word feminism. But in a recent interview with UK’s Channel 4 News, Adichie claims that her great-grand mother who lived in pre-christian times was a feminist.  The claim is significant for a few reasons. First of […]

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A Long Way From Home | by Joy Isi Bewaji | An African Story

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She took a walk straight down the road into the past. In 1985 a girl with a large afro and a matching smile in the garage making lunch for Leenah, Peenar and Chinaar, a mash of sand and water and stones in empty Bournvita tins cooked, and in their beaten-up lids served. Motherhood was supreme, […]

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Zimbabwean Novelist Petina Gappah is Living our Greatest Fantasy

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A couple of weeks ago, Zimbabwean author Petina Gappah announced on Facebook that she had some “glorious news” to share. The news was simultaneously delightful and shocking. It made her “squeal” and “shriek.” What was this momentous news? One of her stories was going to be published on the New Yorker. This is an excerpt from […]

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Interview | Kola Tubosun on Using Digital Technology to Counteract Cultural Amnesia | by Torinmo Salau

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Kọ́láwọlé Ọlátúbọ̀sún is a teacher, writer, and linguist whose work and influence cuts across education, literature and linguistics. He has taught as a university professor, high school teacher, and adult literacy volunteer. His poetry chapbook entitled ‘Attempted Speech & Other Fatherhood Poems’ was released in September 2015 and some of his creative works have been published in Sentinel Nigeria, Klorofyl, Maple Tree Literary Supplement, […]

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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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Rumuokoro | by Sotonye Dan | An African Story

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Over the grumbling of vehicle engines, honking, voices that drowned each other, I heard the thumps, amplified. I saw the […]

Living Someplace Else | by Iwundu Wisdom | An African Story

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The book lay still on the high-back wicker chair, like the news of murdered evangelists on federal ears, only swaying […]

Bilal The Movie | 1000 Year-old African Story Inspires Big-budget 3-D Animation Film

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Within the last three years, African literature has caught the attention of the global film industry. From Adichie’s Half of a […]

Tracey Farren’s South African Novel is Now a Beautifully Haunting Movie

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In 2008, Collen Higgs, who had just established a small press, published Tracey Farren’s novel titled Whiplash. The novel went […]

Nnedi Okorafor’s Binti Inspires futuristic Photo Series

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There are few compliments a writer can be paid greater than having their work inspire some other great work of […]

Isidore Okpewho, Nigeria’s Literary and Academic Star, Passes on

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Isidore Okpewho, the Nigerian fiction writer and literary scholar, died on Sunday, the 4th of September in a Binghamton hospital […]