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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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