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Roses and War | By Jonathan Otamere Endurance | Poetry

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Prayers are symphonies of lamentation That begin from my mother’s lips, Like a bird beginning a day’s death, With a humming song of woes. She says she fears for the devils Whose tongues carry the blood Of homeless lads on their lips, Like an eagle clawing a chick. Every sound her palms clasp Carry the […]

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Fear Woman | By Immanuel James Ibe-Anyanwu | Fiction

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  Irritated by our presence, the guard swatted us off the entrance gate with his baton, his face ugly with anger. A certain canteen beside the black gate, Makeshift, first gave us accommodation before its owner evicted us. Mama-Put, behind five large coolers placed on a table, stood dishing out nutrition: white spaghetti, whiter rice, […]

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Chinua Achebe and the Risky Business of Being an Ancestor

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Both Nadine Gordimer and Simon Gikandi have said that the publication of Things Fall Apart marks the invention of the African novel. True, there had been novels in Africa long before Chinua Achebe came on the scene. But the publication of Things Fall Apart is the event that inaugurated the African novel as a global literary project.  It […]

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Lantern Heads | By Wanjala Njalale | Poetry

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The sea bent to a certain wind. The fishermen said there were souls Buried beneath the water, Sobbing and stretching out their hands to murder. There was a way around all these. Music soothed them. It bought time. The fishermen offered sacrifices; Sometimes human sacrifices To keep the sea gods calm: A bunch of mad […]

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Jos | By Socrates Mbamalu | Nonfiction

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THERE are two ways to see Jos: from air and from land. 2011, we relocate to Jos and take an Arik flight that we’ve pleaded the blood on Jesus upon so that our own blood would not be shed instead. No drinks served. It’s just like taking a BRT; only, this time, by air. I […]

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Memories Mama Made | By Azu-Ume Emmanuel | Poetry

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Mama says memories are wrappers – She ties them. She said memories are babies – She’s had them. I was her fourth ‘memory’ – The one that came to her under the Niger bridge, When a car with three men skidded off the rails And the drowning men she came to rescue Found her body […]

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The Girl Comes Back with Fire in Her Chest | 3 Poems by Titilope Sonuga

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These poems are from my forthcoming collection, This is How We Disappear, which explores the physical and psychological disappearance of women and girls in Nigeria. It is horrifying to consider what it means for almost 300 girls to go missing for 3 years, what they have endured and the other ways they have had to vanish […]

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Insomnia, Owls, Ramblings | Two Poems by Frank Eze

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Insomnia, Owls, Ramblings the weight of the street has broken my bones pulled all parts away fiercely from their joints like doors from hinges my skin reeks of grilled meat mixed with the flavour of phlegm that fell freely like raindrops on the streets it’s nighttime and i feel the weight of the world in […]

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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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In August 2014, Congolese author Fiston Mwanza Mujila’s debut French-language novel, Tram 83, was released to rapturous acclaim in France. By […]

Roses and War | By Jonathan Otamere Endurance | Poetry

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Prayers are symphonies of lamentation That begin from my mother’s lips, Like a bird beginning a day’s death, With a […]

Fear Woman | By Immanuel James Ibe-Anyanwu | Fiction

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  Irritated by our presence, the guard swatted us off the entrance gate with his baton, his face ugly with […]

An Ecofeminist Drawing New Language from Nature and His Anima | Q&A with Saddiq Dzukogi, 2017 Brunel International Poetry Prize Shortlistee

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Saddiq Dzukogi was recently shortlisted for the 2017 Brunel International Poetry Prize. We published his poem, “Collect Rainwater,” in February. Saddiq […]

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Over the last two months, Chimamanda Adichie has been on the road publicizing her new book Dear Ijeawele. She’s spoken […]

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