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Redemption | Andrew Aondosoo Labe | Poetry

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A Pastor says the devil landed here in ‘77. His broken legs can be seen in the twin-rivers. Three-eyed demons from the West Indies, And dark-skinned centaurs from everywhere, Welcomed the two-horned castaway. That was the beginning of our end, He said, and I trembled with fear. I begged him to pray for me. My […]

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From the Storyteller’s House | Ebenezer Agu | Poetry

There’s always an old man in every castle. Sometimes, when he’s not the king’s physician, he goes about collecting the king’s dues. _ I belong under the king’s reign, in the storyteller’s house, outside the great walls among those appealing for lesser taxes, the ones not needed in the king’s armed service. _ The king’s […]

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Hang No Clothes Here | Bolaji Olatunde | Novel Excerpt

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Hang No Clothes Here, Bolaji Olatunde’s second novel, is out this month from Parresia/Origami Publishers. Set in 2011, it follows a policeman who gets involved in an international struggle between two major drug cartels fighting for the control of the Nigerian route to European and Asian narcotics markets. Here is an excerpt. * Chapter Sixteen The first […]

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The Fall of the Gods | Chapter 4: Anọ | by Anthony Azekwoh | #TFOG

Ura ga-eju onye nwuru anwu afo. A dead person shall have all the sleep necessary. *** How do gods die?” Odion asked, a puzzled expression on his face. He was till sitting on the cold hard ground, facing Sango. “Can gods even die?” Sango coughed, and blood came out. Sango didn’t need to say it. […]

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Moonlight | Adaeze M. Nwadike | Poetry

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In those days when you fed me until I clenched my teeth, Or spat food in your face, or ran, You told me with cold eyes that our bodies were mysteries for men. You fed me and watched me grow, for a man; And as I grew, your hands lingered on my parched lips.   […]

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Home and Holes | Eric Atie | Fiction

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THE DOCTOR says I’ve got a hole in my heart. I tell him that I am aware. I tell him that it is you who dug it in there. He sits opposite me, the doctor, a clean-shaven man with warm eyes that gather moist whenever he blinks. His eyes, they look like yours. He looks […]

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They Don’t Say Nice | Adachioma Ezeano | Nonfiction

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On 30 June, we published Work Naija: The Book of Vocations, an anthology of writing and visual art that explores the idea of work. Edited by Otosirieze Obi-Young and introduced by Rotimi Babatunde, it is the second anthology in the Art Naija Series. We are republishing a few pieces from it. * Brothels are built with […]

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Look | Amy Heydenrych | Poetry

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Look how these men move through the earth, carelessly, eyes forward, shoved towards an urgent destination (though never feeling they have arrived). Look how closely the man stands his ground, hard-eyed, half-smiling, while the woman beneath him buckles, compromises, second-guesses her strength. In the most simple moments, the flow of the earth is revealed. Skip […]

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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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To mark the 2017 World HIV/AIDS Day on December 1, Vanguard Literary Services, a bookselling company in Nigeria, has called […]

The Graywolf Press Africa Prize Launches with Igoni A. Barrett as Judge

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A new award just dropped: the Graywolf Press Africa Prize, for “a first novel manuscript by an African author primarily residing […]

Nnedi Okorafor Celebrates Everyday African Life in New Superhero Comic

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A little over two years ago, South African Sci-fi writer Lauren Beukes collaborated with D. C. Comics on a Wonder […]