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ADUNNI By Ayodele Olofintuade — Episode 7, And forgive us our trespasses

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 Adunni has got to be the most miserable Abiku out there. From the moment she’s born into the Lamorin family, it’s be an unending string of disasters. But After Adunni’s destruction spree from last week, Mother Earth decides to take things into her hand. She’s convened a meeting by the River of Tears. Everyone—Adunni’s earthly family, […]

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ADUNNI By Ayodele Olofintuade — Episode 6, Labake

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Gbonka, our beloved Babalawo, is failing woefully to conclude the final rites of Adunni’s earthing, so she continues the spate of destruction from last week. It doesn’t help that she’s growing ever more angry and powerful. Gbonka has just this one chance to wrap things up right, or else Adunni won’t stay. She’ll go the […]

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ADUNNI By Ayodele Olofintuade — Episode 5, And Deliver Us From Evil

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 Adunni lets us in on the Abiku worldview. She dishes on what it’s like to be a spirit being and how the human world appears from their side of the world.   Plus, it’s a big day for her. Final earthing rites take place tonight. After midnight, she wont be able to die for a […]

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ADUNNI By Ayodele Olofintuade — Episode 4, Give Us This Day…

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Welcome to another round of Adunni’s drama! Last week, we left Adunni and Gbonka at Erin-Ijesa Falls. They’d struck a deal. Gbonka swore he won’t prevent Adunni from dying. Adunni, our embattled Abiku, was now in the clear. But how will they find their way back home? Adunni has no more powers left. She’s spent every bit […]

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ADUNNI By Ayodele Olofintuade — Episode 3, Thy Kingdom Come

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 Strange but Adunn is fighting for her death. Gbonka is Adunni’s nemesis. You met him in episode 2. Like any self-respecting Babalawo, he doesn’t like Abikus. He would stop at nothing to prevent Adunni from doing what she desires most—to die!  Adunni has to deal with the Gbonka situation or else, she’ll stay human forever. […]

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ADUNNI By Ayodele Olofintuade — Episode 2, Gbonka!

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Last Week: {read HERE}:  Adunni is reborn into the Lamorin household. But her naming ceremony ends in utter disaster when her cover is blown. She realizes that her human father knows she’s an Abiku and insists on naming her Aja—common dog.  This Week: Adunni tries to make sense of her misfortune. But there is an even […]

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ADUNNI By Ayodele Olofintuade — Episode 1, Our Father

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ADUNNI is an 8-episode series about an Abiku—a spirit-being in Yoruba mythology that is born into the human world, dies, and is then reborn in an endless cycle of death and rebirth. In the first episode, Adunni has just been reborn into the Lamorin family. Her fellow spirit-beings are keeping her company during her naming […]

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The Beautiful One Has Not Yet Died — An African Story Ensemble

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Abiku is the Yoruba word for a caste of spirit beings strangely bound to death. They are born to life as human children but die soon after their birth only to be reborn for yet another cycle of death and rebirth. Though ageless and immortal, Abikus appear to the human eye as children beautiful beyond […]

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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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