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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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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 […]

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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 […]