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A Confession in Three Movements | By Moyosore Orimoloye | Poetry

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And he who has none, even that which he has shall be taken from him. – Mark 4:25b. I Brethren, I know this message to be true. I was seventeen and had just lost love— to fellows like you. Immediately, in fulfillment of the Word, a door of losses opened unto me. She cited studies […]

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Learning the Gag Reflex | By Logan February | Poetry

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Love does not want this body, this mouth, toothless maw, hanging open & belonging to nobody’s son. The father died & I became nobody. In Yoruba, a father is a name & the left hand is taboo. One cannot offer water with the left hand or sleep facing upward. At night, a witch will sit […]

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A Song of Loss | Three Poems by Ajise Vincent

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a song of loss because we were young & bridled with beams of immaculacy, our fathers, men whose tongues had never tasted the pulse of sins, didn’t tell us of the tsunami that brewed in the progenies of adam when history was rewritten with blood, in a language where every syntax is a sin. then, […]

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Anonymous | Two Poems by Hauwa

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anonymous   in a blanklet, muffled like shame or oxygen in an inhaler: a woman balled into the size of anguish   —small and infinitely boundless still—   a stream of fire running directly beneath her skin.   her thighs too are pressed into a man’s memory, the memory that was not first a moment. […]

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Monuments | By Ademola Enoch | Poetry

An old tree stump, showing its age.

I stumble on an old man, returning from a cathedral. His eyes are ropes that pull me into him, urging me to see his existence from his vantage: a mountain as high as the heels of his shoes. He smiles at me but I am reminded of loss; an opera – of bones, dismembered affection, […]

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Museum of Women | By Tolu Agbelusi | Poetry

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In the shadow of frustrations I sometimes hear myself say, “I made it this far alone,” failing to find a reflection for that embodiment of life in the mirror of my years. I see instead a museum of women refusing to gather dust in my memories and heart spaces —women who at distinct moments have […]

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Schoolyard Cannibal | By Nana Nkweti | Prose-Poem

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Youth makes you too apt a pupil of coarse lessons it will take decades to unlearn. Your headmistress a family television—ancient, venerable—cased in oak heavy and vast as the Encyclopedia Britannica, entire. Poor, poor pickaninny, pick a program. Poison. Drink in definitions as you sit transfixed on grainy carpet, chin on the kickstand of your […]

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A Letter of Secrets | By Nwanne Agwu | Fiction

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On the streets of Lagos, a boy searches for himself in mirrors. — Romeo Oriogun. Saturday, 01 April, 2017 Dear Nkali,   I still don’t know why I’ve always not wanted to, not felt like telling you this. And as I look at the wall before me, I see that I have forgotten much of […]

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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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Ikhide Ikheloa Expresses Concerns Over the 2017 Kaduna Book and Arts Festival

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The inaugural edition of The Kaduna Book and Arts Festival was announced a week ago. Read here if you missed […]

On Fragility and the Dynamics of Gay Love in Fiction | Interview with Arinze Ifeakandu, 2017 Caine Prize Shortlistee | By Ebenezer Agu

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Arinze Ifeakandu is the first writer published by Brittle Paper before his shortlisting to be recognized by the Caine Prize. We […]

An Almost Year for the Caine Prize: 6 Records That Were Not Broken | By Nkiacha Atemnkeng

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In 2017, several Caine Prize records almost got broken. But one did get broken. Sixty-five-year-old Sudanese Bushra al-Fadil is the […]

Ngugi’s Tribute to Memory | Review of Ngugi wa Thiong’o’s Birth of a Dream Weaver | By Kọ́lá Túbọ̀sún

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Title: Birth of a Dream Weaver: A Writer’s Awakening Author: Ngugi wa Thiong’o Publisher: The New Press Year: 2016 Where […]

A Tenderer Blessing | By Otosirieze Obi-Young | Fiction

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  THE university campus in Nsukka was full of ixora, and it was beside one of the trimmed hedges in […]

Yaa Gyasi’s Homegoing Is Mandatory Reading for Stanford University Freshers

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Yaa Gyasi’s multigenerational novel Homegoing is now mandatory reading for freshers at her alma mater, Stanford University. The heavy-hitting first […]