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A Shared Sea: Tsitsi Dangarembga and Zora Neale Hurston | By Salimah Valiani

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  Tsitsi Dangarembga’s 1988 novel, Nervous Conditions, the story of Tambudzai, other girl-children, and women of Babamukuru’s family in 1970s British Rhodesia, begins this way: I was not sorry when my brother died. Nor am I apologizing for my callousness, as you may define it, my lack of feeling. For it is not that at […]

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Madness | By Shade Mary-Ann Olaoye | Poetry

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For the souls in Nsukka.   sometimes, you wonder what spirit plucks you, feather after feather revealing your mind as blotched flesh as whirlwind it lays bare your earth and you wonder what spirit claims — soul-body-mind all at once, calling you its own, shutting you out of yourself leaving you grasping for anything familiar […]

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Alone with the Mirror | By Chijioke Nnamani | Poetry

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Alone with the mirror, You stare into your eyes; You look better than you thought; Then you suddenly don’t; You sigh. Alone with the mirror, You shine your teeth and stick out your tongue, Run through your hair and push up your boobs; You try a few dances you saw on TV, But you kind […]

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Monster Dad | By Aoiri Obaigbo | A Story

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“Let the swimmer beware. The sea is far too deep and broad for anyone to be boastful about.” *** The sixty-year-old man had hoped the journey would avail him a chance to mend the bridges he had burnt in the past, but his daughter had her hood up and gave her focus to The Way […]

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Collect Rainwater | By Saddiq Dzukogi | Poetry

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“Her nightmares follow her out of bed.” *** The girl has the same silence as a pigeon drenched in rainwater, leaves drenched in rainwater, a man locked in rainwater, shadows in rainwater. Dusk makes everything quiet; the mango tree by the roadside is watching calmly as I, an old man, clutch in my arm a […]

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Until Only Shadows Remain | By Stanley Onyewuchi | African Fiction

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  “Erit’s head is spherical. Her shoulders are thin, almost anorexic. Her skin is like the leaves of an ancient scroll, her eyes are like that of a mannequin.” THE girl smiles. Not surprising, really. There seems to be something about the scent of forest and fire and a hint of lime, and the image […]

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The List | By Tuntufye Simwimba | A Story

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“That night she got my number and texted: Come see me in my room. Bring with you a condom. No man can forget that.” *** For a good friend, Henrie Chinoko, whose true life events gave inspiration to this story.   In college I learnt to use “fuck” with comfort. I can’t remember learning anything […]

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Rush Green | by Uzoamaka Doris Aniunoh | African Fiction

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“I saw his buttocks without the trousers in my head and then I shut my eyes and tried to imagine something that wasn’t a doctor’s naked buttocks.”   I had gone to Rush Green Hospital in Onitsha that morning for a medical check up, because my menstrual cycle lasted for two weeks every month. I […]

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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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Binyavanga Wainaina’s Granta Essay is Beautifully Experimental

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For almost two-thirds of Chibundu Onuzo’s new book, one searches in vain to find the source of the title, Welcome […]

Namwali Serpell on the Beauty and Uses of Being an Outsider

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Some of you may remember Namwali Serpell as the 2015 winner of the Caine Prize for African Writing. She teaches […]

A Shared Sea: Tsitsi Dangarembga and Zora Neale Hurston | By Salimah Valiani

hurston and dangaremgba

  Tsitsi Dangarembga’s 1988 novel, Nervous Conditions, the story of Tambudzai, other girl-children, and women of Babamukuru’s family in 1970s […]

Love Stories from Africa | Read the New Anthology Celebrating Love and Romance

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  The annual release of a Valentine stories anthology has become a tradition of sorts, something exciting to look forward […]