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Rotimi Babatunde’s Poignant Travel Essay Revisits an Irony of History

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  Last week, Caineprize.com published an essay by Rotimi Babatunde detailing his travel to Germany for a series of workshops centered around his 2012 Caine Prize-winning story “Bombay’s Republic.” The story, one of the very finest to have been shortlisted for the prize, follows an adventurous man who volunteers to fight for the British in […]

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From Child Prodigy to Taxi Driver to Award-winning Writer | The Inspiring Story of Abdul Adan

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2016 was a remarkable year for the Somalian writer Abdul Adan. His short story, “The Lifebloom Gift,” was shortlisted for the Caine Prize and his proposal for a novel won him a Miles Morland Scholarship. We also published an interview with him. Last week, Kenya’s Nation Media Group ran a profile on him titled “Abdul Adan’s […]

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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 to. In 2015, Ankara Press published Valentine’s Day Anthology 2015, a fourteen-story collection featuring everybody from Binyavanga Wainaina to Sarah Ladipo Manyika to Hawa Jande Golakai to Abubakar Adam Ibrahim. In 2016, we published Gossamer: […]

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Ibadan | By Akintunde Aiki | Non-Fiction | Enter Naija: The Book of Places

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“I find it amusing when I come across another post on Facebook or a blog or a tweet or a meme that calls Ibadan ‘the ancient city.’”   *** THE FIRST time I saw a sleepy Ibadan was in 2011 when I returned from my Service Year in Borno and stepped off The Young Shall […]

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Interview: Adichie Talks HOAYS, Emotional Truth, and the Pain of Fiction with The Muse Journal

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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Half of a Yellow Sun marked its tenth anniversary in 2016. The novel was published in 2006 and soon became a critical and commercial success, winning her the 2007 Orange Broadband Prize. In 2015, Half of a Yellow Sun ranked tenth in BBC’s list of 21st Century classics and was named the Baileys […]

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Jalada Announces Mobile Literary and Arts Festival

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After more than a year of behind-the-scenes planning, Jalada Africa has announced a mega-step: a mobile literary festival covering five countries in East Africa. Slated for March 3-31 of 2017, the festival is a hybrid between a traditional place-based festival and a bus tour and will cover twelve towns: Nairobi, Nakuru, Kisumu and Mombasa in Kenya; Mwanza, […]

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African Literary Digest: 8 Must-Reads of January, 2017

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We ended 2016 with a compilation of our best pieces of the year. The first month of 2017 is gone but it wasn’t arid: there was writing that caught our attention, and both the LGBTIQ group 14 and Afreada magazine released beautiful anthologies. Here are our must-read selections, an unranked list. They’re all online so […]

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Yemisi Aribisala’s John Avery Award Win Puts African Food Writing on World Map

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Late last year, we announced that Yemisi Aribisala’s Longthroat Memoirs had been shortlisted for an Andre Simon Food and Drink Book Award. Well, we are delighted to announce that Aribisala took home the John Avery Award, making her the first African to win the award. This win also puts Aribisala in the company of culinary celebrities like Jamie […]

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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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Chimamanda Adichie Fangirls Over Njideka Akunyili Crosby and Her Work

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Adichie is in love with Njideka Akunyili Crosby’s artwork. We are 100 percent here for this kind of artistic affection, […]

Adichie Revisits the Single Story in New Animated Interview with The Atlantic

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Chimamanda Adichie stole our hearts with “The Danger of a Single Story.” Purple Hibiscus and Half of a Yellow Sun had been […]

Monsieur Pierre | By Bura-Bari Nwilo | A Story

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“Whenever she gets the urge to forego Roy, she also gets a small dose of mischief, to lie with him […]

The Final Portrait of A Dead Artist | By Romeo Oriogun | Poetry

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“…the smell of turpentine fills the air as he paints the sea into a man.”   I hear it from […]

Memoirs of a Lagos Wedding Planner | Episode 6: When In-Laws Misbehave | by Tolulope Popoola

This wedding was turning out to be more work than I had envisaged. After the first two meetings with the […]

You Should Be a Gift | By Ife Olujuyigbe | A Story

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“I know you know I need you to save face, and you need me to pander to your whims.” *** […]