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The Fall of the Gods | Chapter 4: Anọ | by Anthony Azekwoh | #TFOG

Ura ga-eju onye nwuru anwu afo. A dead person shall have all the sleep necessary. *** How do gods die?” Odion asked, a puzzled expression on his face. He was till sitting on the cold hard ground, facing Sango. “Can gods even die?” Sango coughed, and blood came out. Sango didn’t need to say it. […]

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The Fall of the Gods | Chapter 3: Ẹta | by Anthony Azekwoh | #TFOG

Lẹ́hìn òkùnkùn biribiri, ìmọ́lẹ̀ á tàn. After a pitch-dark night, most assuredly comes the dawn. *** It all happens in one moment, just one. When we’re called to action, called to be heroes, called to be more. We all get the call, so the question isn’t whether or not it’ll come. The question is, when […]

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When Writers Talk Music: Vol. 2 | Petina Gappah on Bob Marley, Ainehi Edoro on Tony Allen

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Two weeks ago, we launched a new series, “When Writers Talk Music,” for readers like us who recognize when the books are getting way too much and crave for something else from their favourite writers. The series’ first volume featured clever words from Teju Cole on Fela and WizKid and a cool take on Soukous […]

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The Fall of the Gods | Chapter 2: Abụọ | by Anthony Azekwoh | #TFOG

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A kpopu uzo, a kpopu onu The dawning of a new day marks the beginning of a routine struggling for the means of human and other being’s existence *** His head was swimming, so he gladly welcomed the mind numbing feeling of whatever he was smoking. Odion didn’t know what it was. He didn’t care […]

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The Fall of the Gods | Chapter 1: ọ̀kan | Anthony Azekwoh | #TFOG

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  Ẹni tó ńbẹ̀rù àti ṣubú, àti dìde á nira fún un. Whoever is scared of falling, would find it difficult to rise. They never passed up an opportunity to celebrate. These were the gods. They had just won their first victory. Should they not be jolly and revel in their might? Sango sat down […]

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Brittle Paper Launches a New Story Series | Fall of the Gods by Anthony Azekwoh

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We are delighted to announce the launch of a brand new story series titled The Fall of the Gods. It’s a cosmological fantasy. It tells the story of Odion, a troubled teenager who unwittingly gets drawn into a deadly warfare between Yoruba and Igbo gods. Brittle Paper readers are not new to our hit story […]

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Work Naija: The Book of Vocations | Powerful Mixed-Genre Anthology Explores the Idea of Work

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Brittle Paper is delighted to bring you Work Naija: The Book of Vocations. It is the second book in the ART NAIJA series, a literary project launched last year to craft concept-based anthologies exploring various aspects of Nigerian life, ideas, and artistic forms. It is also an attempt to put together a collection of exciting […]

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On Psychogeography and the Power of African Languages | Interview with Richard Oduor Oduku, 2017 Brunel Prize Shortlistee | By Gaamangwe Joy Mogami

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Weeks ago, we announced that Africa in Dialogue had published an e-book of interviews with the ten poets shortlisted for the 2017 Brunel Poetry Prize. The interviews were conducted by the Website’s editor Gaamangwe Joy Mogami and were published in collaboration with Praxis Magazine. We are republishing a few of them. * Richard Oduor Oduku […]

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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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The Brittle Paper Literary Awards: New Date for the Announcement of Winners

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The Reviews Are In! | Namwali Serpell Has High Praise for Jennifer Makumbi’s Kintu

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Jennifer Makumbi’s Kintu is one of the hit novels of 2017. A historical drama, it tells the story of an 18th […]