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Tope Folarin’s LA Review Essay is a Race and Matatu “Dream” with Ngugi and Venus Williams

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2013 Caine Prize winner Tope Folarin has a new essay in the Los Angeles Review of Books. The piece, titled “An Architect of Dreams: On Ngugi wa Thiong’o’s Devil on the Cross,” touches upon a number of diverse topics including Venus Williams, dreams, racism, matatu, barbershops, and of course, Ngugi wa Thiong’o. Folarin’s keen eye […]

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Opportunity for African Writers | The 2018 Golden Baobab Prize Is Open for Submissions

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$5,000 is up for grabs as the 2018 edition of the annual Golden Baobab Prize makes its call for submissions. Entries are welcome from professional illustrators and writers of children’s stories across Africa. Now in its ninth year, Golden Baobab aims to strengthen the relationship publishers have with writers and illustrators in Africa. The most […]

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Opportunity for African Writers | 2017 Short Story Day Africa Prize Opens

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The annual Short Story Day Africa Prize is set to open for submissions on June 1, 2017. This year’s theme is “Id.” The winner is to be awarded $800, while the second-placed and third-placed entrants get $200 and $100 respectively. Below is the full press release as it appears on the site: In early psychoanalysis, […]

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How Donald Trump Made the Nigerian Poet Albashir Alhassan Famous

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US President Donald Trump, while speaking at a luncheon with Irish Prime Minister Edna Kenny, was quoted to have said: As we stand together with our Irish friends, I’m reminded of that proverb — and this is a good one, this is one I like. I’ve heard it for many, many years and I love […]

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Congrats to Adichie for Winning the “One Book, One New York” Contest

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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie seems to be having a great year. She emerges winner in the hotly contested inaugural “One Book, One New York” contest. New Yorkers have selected Americanah for a city-wide book reading event. New Yorkers have been asked to pick up copies of the book, read it, and talk about it in book clubs, […]

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Nigerian Author Tolulope Popoola Is Featured in Lancôme Beauty Campaign

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Some of you may know Popoola as the author of Brittle Paper’s wedding story series titled Memoirs of a Lagos Wedding Planner.  The Nigerian novelist and writing coach was recently featured in a Lancôme beauty campaign called “My Shade, My Power.” This places her in the fine company of African female novelists like Chibundu Onuzo, […]

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Call For Submission | Anthology of Queer Nigerian Art Vol. 2

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Following the success of We Are Flowers, the Nigeria-based creative collective called 14 is planning a new edition. Like the debut edition, the new issue, set for publication in August, explores various aspects of LGBTQ life. The theme for this year’s anthology is Sex! See below for more details on how to submit your work. The […]

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2017 Caine Prize Updates | 148 Stories Submitted from 22 Countries

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2017 marks the 18th edition of the Caine Prize for African Writing. With entries closing on January 31st, the race to winning one of Africa’s most prestigious literary prizes is officially on. We know you guys are itching for information about this years edition of the prize. We were recently notified of a few updates […]

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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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Departure | Three Poems by Romeo Oriogun

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i was born with a graveyard. – Safia Elhillo. Departure i do know about the hate that sinks a name […]

What It Means to Feel Adrift | By Arinze Ifeakandu | Memoir

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1. Your friends are suddenly too far away, your family even farther. You feel a loneliness that gnaws, a disconnection […]

Dinaw Mengestu, Chinelo Okparanta and Yaa Gyasi Listed among Granta’s Best of Young American Novelists

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Granta has released its prestigious once-in-a-decade Best of Young American Novelists list and it includes Ethiopia’s Dinaw Mengestu, Nigeria’s Chinelo […]

Bessie Head’s Letters: the Pain, the Beauty, the Humor

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“Forgive the vanity, but few people equal my letter-writing ability!!” writes Bessie Head on March 14, 197o to her friend […]

Is Tram 83 Misogynist Poverty Porn? Petina Gappah, Tsitsi Dangarembga, Ainehi Edoro Deepen Conversation as Ikhide Ikheloa and Richard Oduku Publish New Essays

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Two days ago, we covered an important conversation that had started on Facebook in reaction to Ikhide Ikheloa’s essay in […]

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 […]