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The Labors of the Months: Of Work and Its Refuseniks | By Rotimi Babatunde

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  In October 2016, we published Enter Naija: The Book of Places, an anthology of creative nonfiction, photography, poetry, digital art, fiction and commentary on Nigerian cities, designed to mark the country’s 56th Independence anniversary. Featuring 35 writers and visual artists, the anthology is edited by Otosirieze Obi-Young and introduced by Ikhide R. Ikheloa, and […]

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A Tenderer Blessing | By Otosirieze Obi-Young | Fiction

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  THE university campus in Nsukka was full of ixora, and it was beside one of the trimmed hedges in our Faculty of Arts, stoic, green tables with red blossoms, that Nnaemeka first spoke to me, igniting a friendship that will, as long as I breathe, remain an indelible part of my life. At first, […]

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The Weight of Silence | By Abubakar Adam Ibrahim | Fiction

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  Do you believe in karma or do you call it something else, like kismet or qadr or providence? Or have you, over the years, along with your inexplicable taste for self-destruction, acquired a penchant for dismissing such things as incidental, as has become fashionable? Did you ever imagine, even in your wildest dreams, and […]

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A Confession in Three Movements | By Moyosore Orimoloye | Poetry

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And he who has none, even that which he has shall be taken from him. – Mark 4:25b. I Brethren, I know this message to be true. I was seventeen and had just lost love— to fellows like you. Immediately, in fulfillment of the Word, a door of losses opened unto me. She cited studies […]

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Is the Yoruba Demon Just a Self-absorbed Man? | By Koyejo Adebakin

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On May 18th, we posted the full transcript of Funmi Iyanda’s Youtube video titled “Why Are Yoruba Men Demons?” Read it here if you missed it. Koyejo Adebakin has written a response to Iyanda’s provocations, offering new insights into what the fascinating concept of a Yoruba demon might mean.  *** On a humid March evening […]

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Portrait of Us as Snow White | Two Poems by Theresa Lola

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    Portrait of Us as Snow White We inherited black holes for eyes, so light was the benchmark we measured the beauty of skin against. We sat in our dorm room and discussed who the fairest of all was. The Igbo girls claimed they could be cast as foreign as long as the sun […]

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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. In one of the anthology’s highlights, a Milton-loving seafarer embarks on a journey home only, after what seems a harmless indulgence with a stranger’s baby, to meet his end in mob justice. In another, a […]

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Learning the Gag Reflex | By Logan February | Poetry

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Love does not want this body, this mouth, toothless maw, hanging open & belonging to nobody’s son. The father died & I became nobody. In Yoruba, a father is a name & the left hand is taboo. One cannot offer water with the left hand or sleep facing upward. At night, a witch will sit […]

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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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#CainePrize2017 | Review of Lesley Nneka Arimah’s Who Will Greet You at Home? | By Socrates Mbamalu

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Lesley Nneka Arimah was born in the UK and grew up mostly in Nigeria. Her story, “Light,” won the 2015 Commonwealth […]

The Labors of the Months: Of Work and Its Refuseniks | By Rotimi Babatunde

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  In October 2016, we published Enter Naija: The Book of Places, an anthology of creative nonfiction, photography, poetry, digital […]

Imbolo Mbue’s Behold The Dreamers Picked for Oprah’s Book Club

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Imbolo Mbue’s Behold the Dreamers has been selected by Oprah Winfrey for her Book Club. The media mogul revealed this […]

Chinelo Okparanta’s Under The Udala Trees Named Among the 25 Most Impactful LGBTQ Works of the Last 20 Years

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Chinelo Okparanta’s Under the Udala Trees has been listed as one of the 25 most impactful works of LGBTQ literature […]

Babishai Poetry Festival 2017 | Interview with Mugabi Byenkya, Author of Dear Philomena

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As part of the countdown to the 2017 Babishai Poetry Festival in Uganda, the organisers are conducting a series of interviews […]

Teju Cole Releases Fourth Book Blind Spot | Read An Excerpt

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Teju Cole does not repeat himself, which is why his new book, Blind Spot, published two weeks ago, is something unprecedented for […]