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Memoirs of a Lagos Wedding Planner | Episode 1: The Almost Wedding | by Tolulope Popoola

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My client and I had been planning this wedding for months. It was going to be a big affair, attended by the elite in society. Pearl had been dating her fiancé for five years, and she kept telling me how much he loved her. She told me the story of how they met and how […]

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Nigerian Novelist Obinna Udenwe and Nwamaka Okpo’s Beautiful Wedding Celebration

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Congrats to Nigerian novelist Obinna Udenwe! He recently tied the knot with the love of his life, Nwamaka Okpo, an accountant based in Abakaliki. A series of ceremonies marked the joyous occasion. The traditional marriage ceremony followed the Izzi traditional marriage rites and took place on the 23rd of November 2016 at the Okpo residence. […]

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Opportunity for African Writers | Apply to the Goethe-Bakwa-Saraba Literary Exchange Project

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Writers in Lagos and Yaounde have a chance to take part in a new literary initiative. The Goethe-Institute is teaming up with Lagos-based Saraba Magazine and Bakwa Magazine in Yaounde to create a literary exchange project. Writers in both cities get to attend workshops on creative non-fiction run by these two amazing literary magazines. We love the […]

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The Bewitching Book Covers of Okorafor’s Akata Witch and Akata Warrior

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Nnedi Okorafor releases not one but two new book covers, one of which is for the forthcoming sequel of Akata Witch. She teams up yet again with Greg Ruth for the beautiful covers. Last year, Cross Cult translated a bunch of Nnedi Okorafor’s novels and enlisted Ruth to design of the covers. Ruth brought Okorafor’s beautifully […]

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Dying Flowers | by Martins Ekong | African Poetry

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I DON’T know how I got here believe me, yesterday I lived in birds’ songs which means my heart once had feathers today I’m a house filled with questions and children cry into my bones covering their mouth I don’t know if they cry of sorrow or shame an ocean grows in me I’m the […]

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Dear Genevieve, It’s All in the Narrative | By Pa Ikhide

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 Dear Genevieve,  There is not a shortage of advice to writers. Young African writers like you are beneficiaries of unctuous sermons on what, how and where to write, most of it patronizing. Well, writing is like parenting or doing the dishes. You simply roll up your sleeves and do it. Write, just write, is what […]

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14: An Anthology of Queer Art | Vol. 1: We are Flowers

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The 13th of January is an unfortunate day in Nigeria’s history. It marks one of the nation’s greatest human rights failures. On that day in 2014, Nigeria gave homophobia full legal recognition in the form of a law that made any kind of same-sex sexual act a crime that could be punished with as much […]

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Opportunity for African Writers | Asymptote Journal’s Translation Contest

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Asymptote Journal runs an annual translation contest called Close Approximations. The 1000-dollar prize goes to the best fiction or poetry translation. The prize is international and open to anyone in any part of the world. The contest was established 3 years ago to provide a platform for emerging translators. Asymptote Journal is a literary platform for […]

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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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Yaa Gyasi’s Homegoing Wins the National Book Critics Circle’s John Leonard Prize

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Yaa Gyasi’s Homegoing has been awarded the National Book Critics Circle’s John Leonard Prize for the best debut novel. This […]

Memoirs of a Lagos Wedding Planner | Episode 1: The Almost Wedding | by Tolulope Popoola

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My client and I had been planning this wedding for months. It was going to be a big affair, attended […]

Perfumes | by Mimi Adebayo | African Fiction

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“I married my husband, Tolu, because he understood, to an extent, the sanctity of scents.”   *** THESE DAYS, I […]

Mama Junior | by Uzoamaka Doris Aniunoh | African Fiction

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“‘You see this front seat?’ she asked, pointing at the car. ‘That front seat belongs to my first son Junior. […]

Mama Hadiza’s Money | by Dare Dan | African Fiction

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SOONER OR LATER in life—at one’s very last breath perhaps—something welcomes one to the world again; its strangeness; its shock; […]

Happy Birthday Binyavanga! | Six Writers on Binyavanga as Friend, Mentor, and Teacher

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Inspired by Lara Abiona’s beautiful birthday tribute to Binyavanga Wainaina here on Brittle Paper, we asked six writers—Linda Musita, Kiprop […]