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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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Nwangene | By Nzube Ifechukwu | Non-Fiction | Enter Naija: The Book of Places

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“In the leaden light of dusk, the white of the egrets glide through the slate-grey of the sky, away from the creek, their spread wings steady in the air.”   On October 2, we published Enter Naija: The Book of Places, an anthology of writing–non-fiction, poetry, memoir, fiction, commentary–photography and digital art about places in […]

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New City | By Arinze Ifeakandu | Non-Fiction| Enter Naija: The Book of Places

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“The sky in Sabon Gari is blue and high, like all of Kano’s skies. It is beautiful so long as your eyes remain on the heavens. Everything else strives.”   On October 2, we published Enter Naija: The Book of Places, an anthology of writing–non-fiction, poetry, memoir, fiction, commentary–photography and digital art about places in […]

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The Night My Dead Girlfriend Called | Episode 3: A Strange Arrival, A Crazy Ghost | by Feyisayo Anjorin

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Badoo closed the door of his room and sat on the bed with a sigh. He wanted his shoes off, he wanted his clothes off; he wanted to get in the shower and get some coolness. But he was tired. He could do all that later. For now, he could get the shoes off and […]

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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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Sarah Waiswa and Farah Ahamed Named Co-winners of the 2017 Gerald Kraak Award

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The Ugandan-born Kenya-based photographer Sarah Waiswa and the Kenyan writer Farah Ahamed have been named co-winners of the inaugural Gerald […]

When We Talk about Kintu | By Ellah Wakatama Allfrey

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When Kwani? launched its Manuscript Project competition in 2012 the stated aim was to find the best unpublished novels by […]

“The Great Ugandan Novel” | Aaron Bady Hails Jennifer Makumbi’s Kintu

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Since its 2014 publication, Jennifer Makumbi’s Kintu has raced its way to hit status. Divided into six parts, the novel “reimagines […]

Judges Unveiled for the Black Letter Media Short Story Competition

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Black Letter Media has released the three-person list of judges for the 2017 edition of its short story competition. The judges […]

A Mosaic of Torn Places | Read the New Diverse Anthology of Young Nigerian Writers

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A Mosaic of Torn Places, the latest anthology of young writers out of Nigeria, collects ten stories of poignant diversity. […]

A Narrative of Home and Longing | Review of Inua Ellams’ #Afterhours | By Billie McTernan

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In his new anthology-cum-diary-cum-memoir, #Afterhours, Nigerian poet Inua Ellams features a collection of poems written in-response to a well-considered selection […]