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Memoirs of a Lagos Wedding Planner | Episode 2: The Second Almost Wedding | by Tolulope Popoola

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I rarely attend the church part of the weddings I work on. There’s usually so much to do at the reception venue, so I’m needed there. I usually have my trusted assistant cover the proceedings at the church, while I supervise the setting up at the reception. There are an endless number of things that […]

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Dear Genevieve, Find Your Voice (pt. 2) | by Pa Ikhide

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How are you? What are you up to? I am going back and reading the old classics from the African Writers Series and Fontana books, you know, African writers that I read in the seventies. Many of them are now out of print, but you can still find old copies in used bookstores and online. […]

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Memoirs of a Lagos Wedding Planner | Episode 1: The Almost Wedding | by Tolulope Popoola

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My client and I had been planning this wedding for months. It was going to be a big affair, attended by the elite in society. Pearl had been dating her fiancé for five years, and she kept telling me how much he loved her. She told me the story of how they met and how […]

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Dear Genevieve | It’s All in the Narrative (pt.1) | By Pa Ikhide

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 Dear Genevieve,  There is not a shortage of advice to writers. Young African writers like you are beneficiaries of unctuous sermons on what, how and where to write, most of it patronizing. Well, writing is like parenting or doing the dishes. You simply roll up your sleeves and do it. Write, just write, is what […]

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The Night My Dead Girlfriend Called | Episode 6: This Thing Must End | by Feyisayo Anjorin

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Badoo knew he would be a star in the eyes of the opponents of robot importation. He knew how closely the committee hearings would be followed by the rank and file. He was not thinking too highly of himself though. He knew the power of the money bags behind the idea. The morning after the […]

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Iseyin I and II | by Olanrewaju Tajudeen | Poetry | Enter Naija: The Book of Places

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“…beauty exudes from the lips of your hills. Bare earth is a living brown: trees, seeds, shrubs & greenery on your dusty chest.” ***   Iseyin I I You’re the tale of contrasting colours; your sky is blue and your fields green, whites are of cows and cassava flakes. II I can hear song birds […]

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The Night My Dead Girlfriend Called | Episode 5: The Question of Questions | by Feyisayo Anjorin

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When he came out of the committee room – feeling the coolness of the air conditioner in the absence of the bright lights on him when he faced the committee – he dialled Sade’s number and got a computerised voice telling him the number is switched off. He dialled Bunmi Affi’s number, expecting to be […]

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My Feminism | Remembering to Scream | By Wana Udobang

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I don’t remember the first time my father hit my mother. But I often remember my brother’s hands muzzling my mouth shut whilst my screaming the words ‘leave my mummy alone’ would ease its way through the spaces between his fingers. Like that Saturday morning when my sister’s friend and I were doing jumping jacks […]

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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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Homecoming | By Dami Lare | A Mosaic of Torn Places

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In May, we published A Mosaic of Torn Places, an anthology of stories by young Nigerian writers. Dami Lare’s “Homecoming” […]

Opportunity for African Writers | Enter for the 2018 Costa Short Story Award

The 2018 Costa Short Story Award is open for submissions. Founded in 2012 and funded by Costa Coffee, the £3,500 award […]

EVENT: Binyavanga Wainaina to Speak at University of the Witwatersrand

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Binyavanga Wainaina will be speaking at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. He will be in conversation with the researcher […]

On Cultural Constraints on Human Rights | Interview with Farah Ahamed, Winner of the 2017 Gerald Kraak Award

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Days ago, we announced that Africa in Dialogue has published an e-book of interviews with the twelve writers and photographers […]

Opportunity for African Writers | Enter for This £30,000 Short Story Award

Submissions have begun for the 2018 Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award. Founded in 2010 and run by The Society of […]

On Helen Oyeyemi | An Essay

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It was Helen Oyeyemi who first made me realize what I’d always found dissatisfying about short stories. A short story […]