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5 Reasons It’s Important That Victor Ehikhamenor is Calling Out Damien Hirst’s Plagiarism

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Recently, the Nigerian artist Victor Ehikhamenor called out the legendary British maestro, Damien Hirst, for appropriating Nigerian art in one of his latest exhibitions at the Venice Biennale. The said work, titled Golden Heads (Female), bears a startling resemblance to Ori Olokun, an ancient sculpture originating from as far back as the 13th century in […]

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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 are Kgauhelo Dube, Bwesigye Bwa Mwesigire, and Sabata-mpho Mokae. The entries for the contest will be assessed blindly by the judges. The first, second, and third place winners will receive R5,000, R1,500 and R500 respectively. […]

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Opportunity for Nigerian Writers | Enter for the Okike Prize for Literature

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Another prize awarding literary excellence has surfaced. The Okike Prize for Literature is a new initiative promoting writing by Nigerian undergraduates. Submissions can be made in any of the three main genres of literature: Drama, Poetry and Prose (Fiction), with a mouth-watering sum of N50,000 to be won in each category. The deadline is 5 […]

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Opportunity for African Writers | Applications Open for FEMRITE’s 7th Regional Residency for African Women Writers

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Where are our women writers in the house? Here is a golden chance for you. Contributing to the celebration and empowerment of female writers on the continent, FEMRITE has officially announced the call for submissions for its 7th Regional Residency for African Women Writers. This edition will be supported by Karavan, a top literary magazine […]

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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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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 […]