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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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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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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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