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A Narrative of Home and Longing | Review of Inua Ellams’ #Afterhours | By Billie McTernan

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In his new anthology-cum-diary-cum-memoir, #Afterhours, Nigerian poet Inua Ellams features a collection of poems written in-response to a well-considered selection of British and Irish poems (and poets) published between 1984, the year the author was born, and 2002, the year he turned 18. Having lived in the UK and Ireland from his teen years Ellams […]

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The New Things Fall Apart Cover is the Best Thing You’ll See Today

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Things Fall Apart will be 60 next year. And Penguin USA is pulling all the stops to put together a commemoration worthy of such a great book. They commissioned a new cover design for the book. It was recently shared on Twitter, sending Things Fall Apart fans to a frenzy. The cover is beautiful. We […]

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Dear Tete Petina: “I Am One of Those People Who Once Really Wanted To Win the Caine Prize”

Last week, we debuted an advice column for writers, titled Tete Petina. The column is written by novelist Petina Gappah. Gappah kicked off the column with a deeply personal and heartfelt advice on how to handle the disappointment of not being shortlisted for the Caine Prize. [If you haven’t read it, stop whatever you are […]

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8 Ways To Tutor Children in Creative Writing | by Chioma Iwunze-Ibiam

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When children start writing their own stories and poems, their parents start wondering how to encourage and raise them to be better writers. Most parents want their children to learn to express their thoughts and ideas in the most imaginative way possible. As a mother and teacher, this makes perfect sense. After all, being creative […]

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Alain Mabanckou Headlines the 2017 Edition of Africa Writes

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For 3 days every year, London becomes the Mecca of African literature. Literature lovers all over the city gather together at the Africa Writes book festival to celebrate African writing and enjoy a rich fare of readings, lectures, performances, book launches, and more more. If this year’s festival, slated for June 30 to July 2, is anything […]

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Chimamanda Adichie’s New Instagram Account is a Must-Follow

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It looks like the Nigerian fashion and literary communities finally have something to celebrate in common. Chimamanda Adichie is now on Instagram. Yes, you heard right. One of Africa’s foremost novelists is now Instagram official! And her account is 100 percent about fashion and style. Adichie made the announcement on May 8 in a Facebook post. […]

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Here’s the Full Transcript of Funmi Iyanda’s “Why are Yoruba Men Demons?”

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In a recent episode in her new vlog series Ask Funmi, Nigerian TV icon Funmi Iyanda takes up the endlessly fascinating question of the Yoruba Demon. What is a Yoruba Demon? “The idea,” she explains, “is that Yoruba men are usually so suave, so urbane, and they’ll dress so swagalicious…but they will sleep with anything. They will […]

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Here is Why Taiye Selasi Loves Akwaeke Emezi’s Forthcoming Novel Freshwater

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Akwaeke Emezi came on Instagram a few days ago overwhelmed with excitement: “couldn’t be more thrilled…its such a gift to know that people actually see my work.” If you’re wondering, she is referring to Taiye Selasi’s comments about her forthcoming novel Freshwater. Well, she is not the only one thrilled by Selasi’s comments. We also are. […]

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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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“The Great Ugandan Novel” | Aaron Bady Hails Jennifer Makumbi’s Kintu

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Since its 2014 publication, Jennifer Makumbi’s Kintu has raced its way to hit status. Divided into six parts, the novel “reimagines […]

Judges Unveiled for the Black Letter Media Short Story Competition

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Black Letter Media has released the three-person list of judges for the 2017 edition of its short story competition. The judges […]

A Mosaic of Torn Places | Read the New Diverse Anthology of Young Nigerian Writers

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A Mosaic of Torn Places, the latest anthology of young writers out of Nigeria, collects ten stories of poignant diversity. […]

A Narrative of Home and Longing | Review of Inua Ellams’ #Afterhours | By Billie McTernan

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In his new anthology-cum-diary-cum-memoir, #Afterhours, Nigerian poet Inua Ellams features a collection of poems written in-response to a well-considered selection […]

The New Things Fall Apart Cover is the Best Thing You’ll See Today

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Things Fall Apart will be 60 next year. And Penguin USA is pulling all the stops to put together a […]

Akwaeke Emezi Awarded the 2017 Commonwealth Short Story Prize for Africa Region

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Akwaeke Emezi has been awarded the 2017 Commonwealth Short Story Prize (Africa Region) for her entry, “Who Is Like God?” […]