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Which God Did You Dream Of? | By Gaamangwe Joy Mogami | A Poem

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You won’t remember but the women Hollowed out the starved moons Out of the bleed-through of the Girl in the dream. You are her, and when you are her, Your skin is blind, And the buried humans inside you wake, Illuminating the days of harvest. There is a harvest of the dream of scars, Where […]

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Letter To Every Girl | By Blessing Iyamadiken

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“To girls who say they do not care about feminism, I have only a few words for you. One day, you will be asked to shut up in an argument because you are a woman.”   I write this letter from a place of pain, pain so deep I can taste it. Why am I […]

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Just an Extra | By Miracle Nwokedi | A Story

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Clutching my pink purse with both hands, I sat gracefully at one end of the eatery, my eyes dancing to the doorway at every pull and push. Shortly, heads started to rivet towards a swarthy, tall figure snaking swiftly to my table. It was Tunde. I felt righteous pride scooting up my cheeks. His erect […]

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The Railroad Children | By Osinachi | A Story

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“Standing there hand in hand, we stared at the first coach, old questions renewed in our eyes. We looked up to the sky and looked behind us.” *** January 13th, 1982. We were born the year the war ended, and we grew up with our home along this railway. We have not seen a moving […]

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And They Say Dreams Are Meant For Sleeping | By Zulaikhah | African Fiction

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“Then she would see a cockroach on her bedroom wall, staring back at her languidly as it cleaned its antennas with long, lavish strokes. The anger would bubble in her throat and her mother’s voice would sing to her from a long gone time.” *** She stood at MMIA, watching her husband go and trying […]

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Someone Different | By Emmanuel Etop Idem | A Poem

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IN Calabar, night falls solemnly: the lulling feets of homegoers call to me, the smell of exhaustion permeates the streets, calling to me a remembrance of childhood now lost in the murkiness of memory. They retire with the chickens here in Calabar. Sometimes, my mind strolls through these empty streets, my feet becoming the feet […]

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Last Days | By Amynah Dauda | A Story

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“Whenever Talatu hears Olo’s name, two things happen: first, she calls her a witch; second, she forgets that we three were once childhood best friends and grew up shaping the same sand.”   Isn’t it funny how everything becomes urgent when you have little time to do them? That last project you stayed up all […]

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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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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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Entries are Open for the Nigerian Students Poetry Prize 2017

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  Entries are officially open for the second edition of the Nigerian Students Poetry Prize. All entrants stand a chance […]

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Adichie Revisits the Single Story in New Animated Interview with The Atlantic

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Chimamanda Adichie stole our hearts with “The Danger of a Single Story.” Purple Hibiscus and Half of a Yellow Sun had been […]

Monsieur Pierre | By Bura-Bari Nwilo | A Story

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“Whenever she gets the urge to forego Roy, she also gets a small dose of mischief, to lie with him […]