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Dear Genevieve | Words are Powerful, Speak the Truth, Even if Your Voice Shakes (pt. 6) | by Pa Ikhide

  Here in my part of America, the leaves are falling, the heart stirs and I am restless. There are all these things on my mind, and I am itching to share them. The world we live in is on edge it seems, from Africa to Europe to the Americas, it seems like everywhere one […]

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Love Stories from Africa | Read the New Anthology Celebrating Love and Romance

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  The annual release of a Valentine stories anthology has become a tradition of sorts, something exciting to look forward to. In 2015, Ankara Press published Valentine’s Day Anthology 2015, a fourteen-story collection featuring everybody from Binyavanga Wainaina to Sarah Ladipo Manyika to Hawa Jande Golakai to Abubakar Adam Ibrahim. In 2016, we published Gossamer: […]

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Memoirs of a Lagos Wedding Planner | Episode 5: The Sponsors | by Tolulope Popoola

  I was meeting my prospective client for the first time. Usually, I meet brides-to-be with a friend, a sister or their mum. So this meeting was unusual because the bride came to my office with her uncle. We talked about the dates they were looking at, what kind of wedding she wanted, locations, their […]

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Madness | By Shade Mary-Ann Olaoye | Poetry

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For the souls in Nsukka.   sometimes, you wonder what spirit plucks you, feather after feather revealing your mind as blotched flesh as whirlwind it lays bare your earth and you wonder what spirit claims — soul-body-mind all at once, calling you its own, shutting you out of yourself leaving you grasping for anything familiar […]

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Alone with the Mirror | By Chijioke Nnamani | Poetry

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Alone with the mirror, You stare into your eyes; You look better than you thought; Then you suddenly don’t; You sigh. Alone with the mirror, You shine your teeth and stick out your tongue, Run through your hair and push up your boobs; You try a few dances you saw on TV, But you kind […]

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Monster Dad | By Aoiri Obaigbo | A Story

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“Let the swimmer beware. The sea is far too deep and broad for anyone to be boastful about.” *** The sixty-year-old man had hoped the journey would avail him a chance to mend the bridges he had burnt in the past, but his daughter had her hood up and gave her focus to The Way […]

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Collect Rainwater | By Saddiq Dzukogi | Poetry

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“Her nightmares follow her out of bed.” *** The girl has the same silence as a pigeon drenched in rainwater, leaves drenched in rainwater, a man locked in rainwater, shadows in rainwater. Dusk makes everything quiet; the mango tree by the roadside is watching calmly as I, an old man, clutch in my arm a […]

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Ibadan | By Akintunde Aiki | Non-Fiction | Enter Naija: The Book of Places

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“I find it amusing when I come across another post on Facebook or a blog or a tweet or a meme that calls Ibadan ‘the ancient city.’”   *** THE FIRST time I saw a sleepy Ibadan was in 2011 when I returned from my Service Year in Borno and stepped off The Young Shall […]

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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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Dear Genevieve | Words are Powerful, Speak the Truth, Even if Your Voice Shakes (pt. 6) | by Pa Ikhide

  Here in my part of America, the leaves are falling, the heart stirs and I am restless. There are […]

Binyavanga Wainaina’s Granta Essay is Beautifully Experimental

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Binyavanga Wainaina has a new essay in Granta‘s latest travel issue. The title of the essay is “Everything Was Suddening […]

Art Chasing Life Blatantly | Review of Chibundu Onuzo’s Welcome to Lagos | by Kola Tubosun

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For almost two-thirds of Chibundu Onuzo’s new book, one searches in vain to find the source of the title, Welcome […]

Namwali Serpell on the Beauty and Uses of Being an Outsider

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Some of you may remember Namwali Serpell as the 2015 winner of the Caine Prize for African Writing. She teaches […]

A Shared Sea: Tsitsi Dangarembga and Zora Neale Hurston | By Salimah Valiani

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  Tsitsi Dangarembga’s 1988 novel, Nervous Conditions, the story of Tambudzai, other girl-children, and women of Babamukuru’s family in 1970s […]

Love Stories from Africa | Read the New Anthology Celebrating Love and Romance

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  The annual release of a Valentine stories anthology has become a tradition of sorts, something exciting to look forward […]