Nana Ekua Brew Hammond signing a book for a fan


If you’ve not heard about Africa39, you’re clearly not on top of your African literary news. So let me help you out.

Africa39 is a book project sponsored by the Hay Festival and the Rainbow Book Club in Port Harcourt. The anthology features stories written by 39 writers below the age of 40 judged to be the best in sub-saharan Africa.

Everyone from Chimamanda Adichie to Ethiopia’s Dinaw Mengestu makes the cut, including a host of little known but brilliant writers sourced from many different countries on the continent.

Last month, Nana-Ama Kyerematen of Afridiaspora.com organized a reading from the Africa 39 Anthology.

The event took place in NYC and featured Tope Folarin and Nana Ekua Brew Hammond, who both read their stories in the collection. Ellah Wakatama Allfrey was also there to facilitate the event.

Here are some of the lovely photos from the event.



Ellah Wakatama Allfrey, Nana Ekua Brew Hammond, Tope Folarin, and Nana-Ama Kyerematen


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I'm finishing up a phd at Duke University where I study African novels, which I believe are some of the loveliest things ever written. 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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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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