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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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The Night My Dead Girlfriend Called | Episode 2: The Second Witness | by Feyisayo Anjorin

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“My ex? Which ex?” “Sade. At least that’s what she called herself. She called last night before I came to Galaxy. She said you were cheating on him. But you’ve told me you didn’t have a girlfriend. I know you are not a liar.” “She’s dead.” Badoo said, and opened the door. He had his […]

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The Night My Dead Girlfriend Called | Episode 1: “The First Call” | by Feyisayo Anjorin

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Badoo’s lover kept calling for over two years after her death. Since the interment, they had not missed their daily bedtime phone conversations—just the way it was since they started dating. The only time they missed the daily routine were the days between her death and her burial. She first called on the night of […]

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Holy Sex | by Obinna Udenwe | Episode 1 | Nigerian Church Erotica

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Your pastor secretes holy milk. That is the story being whispered by everyone in the church—choristers, ushers, and the women. They say he is God’s anointed. A man anointed by God must have all his body parts and fluid blessed, too. With just a wave of his hands, people fall in multitudes, and when he […]

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In the Shadow of Iyanibi, Pt. 3 | by Eugene Odogwu | An African Fantasy Story Series

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Part 3   “Is she bothering you?” Ihumbi jumped at Basi’s voice. She had not noticed him walking up behind her. “Don’t let her get to you, Nnase is as mischievous as she is tiny.” Ihumbi managed a smile but could not seem to shake off the feeling of unease she felt. “Go and play […]

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In the Shadow of Iyanibi, Pt. 2 | by Eugene Odogwu | An African Fantasy Story Series

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Part 2 Ihumbi ran. Her chest burned with each breath she gulped down. Her calves ached each time her feet hit the ground.  Her gut felt like it was being ripped from the inside out. Still, she pushed on. The sound of the asan thrashing about behind her was enough motivation. Its shrill cries and grunts […]

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In the Shadow of Iyanibi, Pt. 1 | by Eugene Odogwu | An African Fantasy Story Series

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Ahu clenched the itosi hanging from her neck, the bird feather charm her father had given them at birth. It was all she could do to contain the anger building up inside her. “Look at your sister,” the boy said, grinning mockingly. “Sitting on her own and talking to an ija-ja. Who spends all their […]

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ADUNNI By Ayodele Olofintuade — Episode 8, The End

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The idea that a person would desire death is insane. But an Abiku is not like us. Having to stay on earth without the possibility of dying young is an Abiku’s worse fate. In the past seven weeks, we’ve watched as Adunni—our beloved Abiku—struggled to turn around the misfortune of being born into the Lamorin […]

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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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