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Dear Genevieve | What Are You Reading? (pt. 9) | by Pa Ikhide

What are you reading? I am reading Jowhor Ile’s And After Many Days. I think I will stop reading this book for now. It is boring. I have tried jor. I am on page 49, and it keeps trying to force me to sleep. It starts out quiet and stays quiet like a mouse. It […]

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Memoirs of a Lagos Wedding Planner | Episode 8: No Intervention | by Tolulope Popoola

A lot of my work relies on having excellent vendors. People that are professional, reliable and trustworthy. I’ve been working with Ogechi, my friend and make-up artist for three years. Whenever I take on a bride-to-be as a client, I always refer them to Ogechi because she is great at what she does, and she’s […]

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Dear Genevieve | African Literature Needs Innovation and Funding (pt. 7) | by Pa Ikhide

Listen to me rant. Just listen. One wonders: What is being taught in Nigerian universities in the name of contemporary literature these days? One gets the unfortunate impression that many of the professors have only read Chinua Achebe, Wole Soyinka and Chimamanda Adichie. The greatest tragedy of modern literature is that those who are invested […]

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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 bride and her mother, when they were prospective clients, I had assumed they wanted a simple, straight-forward ceremony. But as the wedding day drew closer, the bride became more and more demanding, and started to […]

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Dear Genevieve | Words are Powerful, Speak the Truth, Even if Your Voice Shakes (pt. 6) | by Pa Ikhide

  Here in my part of America, the leaves are falling, the heart stirs and I am restless. There are all these things on my mind, and I am itching to share them. The world we live in is on edge it seems, from Africa to Europe to the Americas, it seems like everywhere one […]

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Memoirs of a Lagos Wedding Planner | Episode 5: The Sponsors | by Tolulope Popoola

  I was meeting my prospective client for the first time. Usually, I meet brides-to-be with a friend, a sister or their mum. So this meeting was unusual because the bride came to my office with her uncle. We talked about the dates they were looking at, what kind of wedding she wanted, locations, their […]

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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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Memoirs of a Lagos Wedding Planner | Episode 4: The Appointment | by Tolulope Popoola

I had received a referral from a friend, which is a great endorsement of my work. With all businesses like mine, referrals are a life blood. When a client likes your work enough to refer you to their friends and family, you have to make sure you meet and surpass their expectations. So it was […]

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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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Brunel International Poetry Prize Unveils 2017 Shortlist of Ten

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Ten poets have been named on the 2017 shortlist of Brunel University’s International African Poetry Prize. The announcement was made […]

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, […]

Joe Okonkwo’s Jazz Moon Is a Finalist for the 2017 LAMBDA Literary Awards

When Joe Okonkwo’s debut novel, Jazz Moon, came out last year, we covered it in an interview. Now, we are excited […]

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 […]

Namwali Serpell’s The New Yorker Essay Reveals the Satire in Zambia’s “Afronaut” Legend

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Last week, The New Yorker published a heavily-researched essay by Namwali Serpell in its Culture Desk section. Titled “The Zambian […]

Being Black | By Hanna Ali | Poetry

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  Part 1 My skin takes three sessions on the sunbed to achieve It’s hard to perfect the darkness surrounding […]