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Monuments | By Ademola Enoch | Poetry

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I stumble on an old man, returning from a cathedral. His eyes are ropes that pull me into him, urging me to see his existence from his vantage: a mountain as high as the heels of his shoes. He smiles at me but I am reminded of loss; an opera – of bones, dismembered affection, […]

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Museum of Women | By Tolu Agbelusi | Poetry

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In the shadow of frustrations I sometimes hear myself say, “I made it this far alone,” failing to find a reflection for that embodiment of life in the mirror of my years. I see instead a museum of women refusing to gather dust in my memories and heart spaces —women who at distinct moments have […]

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Schoolyard Cannibal | By Nana Nkweti | Prose-Poem

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Youth makes you too apt a pupil of coarse lessons it will take decades to unlearn. Your headmistress a family television—ancient, venerable—cased in oak heavy and vast as the Encyclopedia Britannica, entire. Poor, poor pickaninny, pick a program. Poison. Drink in definitions as you sit transfixed on grainy carpet, chin on the kickstand of your […]

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Departure | Three Poems by Romeo Oriogun

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i was born with a graveyard. – Safia Elhillo. Departure i do know about the hate that sinks a name & turns water into homes eating boys & i cannot speak because my mouth is a grave my father’s ghost roasted a boy found in the hands of another boy & his ashes look like […]

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What It Means to Feel Adrift | By Arinze Ifeakandu | Memoir

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1. Your friends are suddenly too far away, your family even farther. You feel a loneliness that gnaws, a disconnection from the things you used to love terribly, hopelessly. Reading is no longer magical, and you wonder if there was ever a time when you had read everything you could find—Daniel Dafoe, John Grisham, Wole […]

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Bessie Head’s Letters: the Pain, the Beauty, the Humor

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“Forgive the vanity, but few people equal my letter-writing ability!!” writes Bessie Head on March 14, 197o to her friend Randolphe Vigne. Head is not exaggerating. For the last few months, I have been reading many of her letters, and I find them to be such beautiful things. They are raw, honest, and loud, but there […]

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A Letter of Secrets | By Nwanne Agwu | Fiction

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On the streets of Lagos, a boy searches for himself in mirrors. — Romeo Oriogun. Saturday, 01 April, 2017 Dear Nkali,   I still don’t know why I’ve always not wanted to, not felt like telling you this. And as I look at the wall before me, I see that I have forgotten much of […]

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Wind | By Ayoola Goodness | Poetry

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because of you i have learnt how to make rainbows with my eyes. my eyes tossing the sun. but they do not last. the sun burns my eyes. i hear your name in the wind. i want to pick it. i pick your name. like magic. cold. it slips through the spaces between my fingers. […]

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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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EVENT: Afridiaspora Magazine to Host Zukiswa Wanner in New York

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A few days after the African Literature Association (ALA) Festival at Yale University, another event is upon us. Afridiaspora magazine […]

Fiston Mwanza Mujila’s Tram 83 Wins the 2017 Internationaler Literaturpreis Award in Germany

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Congo’s Fiston Mwanza Mujila has won the 2017 Internationaler Literaturpreis Award for the German translation of his first novel Tram 83. […]

With His 20th Book, Jose Eduardo Agualusa Is the First African to Win the International Dublin Literary Award

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Angola’s Jose Eduardo Agualusa has won the 2017 International Dublin Literary Award for his novel A General Theory of Oblivion, […]

#TBT | An Ode to Makeup | The Full Transcript of Chimamanda Adichie’s Wellesley Speech

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Our #TBT feature this week is Chimamanda Adichie’s Wellesley speech. Two years ago, Adichie gave the commencement speech at Wellesley […]

The Impossibly Dapper Novelist: A Look at Alain Mabanckou’s Style File

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From Chimamanda Adichie’s widely-publicized made-in-Nigeria wardrobe to Teju Cole’s Ikire Jones scarves to Prof Ato Quayson’s fedora hats, fashion and […]

Keeping Up With African Writers: Aminatta Forna

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  Among writers of her generation, Aminatta Forna belongs in the higher ranks of critical acclaim. With her work translated […]