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Dear Sisterly | By Ebenezer Agu | A Story

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“Cities are memories of people I know in them. For these past six years, Port Harcourt has been petite and yellow and Oyigbo tall-framed and fine-faced and caramel.” *** Dear Sisterly, I write to you from somewhere in the slums of GRA because today, after six years, I revisit the state where I met you. […]

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The Girl Who Stayed (Trigger Warning) | By Adaeze Emecheta | Poetry

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  Let me trivialize your bullshit. Come closer and whisper those lies in my ear, dear. Coo empty promises of your evolution: How you are a better man than you were yesterday. By my prediction it’ll be 2066 and our home will be peaceful, and palm trees will sway like the waists of those who […]

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The River God | By Olufunmilola | A Story

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“The tide began to rise, and with it, the level of the water. The river banks began to overflow into the settlement. Water flowed through the roads and snaked between the houses.” *** It was beautiful that evening, the sun hung high, a giant red ball against a backdrop of orange and light blue sky. […]

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Deja Vu | by Felicia Taave | African Fiction

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“He watched Matilda buy a rosary and begin counting her Hail Marys every evening for no apparent reason; he knew she wasn’t religious and he was suspiciously certain that she wasn’t even doing it right.” Though his father was nothing scary and nothing awe-inspiring or admirable, Junior was nothing but dutiful and obliging. Junior did […]

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Taking Tally at 46 For Family and Friends | by Mukoma wa Ngugi | A Poem

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Kenyan writer Mukoma wa Ngugi was one year older on February 27. The 46 years old author, who recently published a collection of poems, marked his birthday by sharing a poem on Facebook titled “Taking Tally at 46 and Friends.” In the poem, he celebrates his community of friends and family, in addition to his fruitful […]

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Memoirs of a Lagos Wedding Planner | Episode 8: No Intervention | by Tolulope Popoola

A lot of my work relies on having excellent vendors. People that are professional, reliable and trustworthy. I’ve been working with Ogechi, my friend and make-up artist for three years. Whenever I take on a bride-to-be as a client, I always refer them to Ogechi because she is great at what she does, and she’s […]

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This Skin You Live In | by Ronke | An Essay

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“The dark of the night concealed it for you. Like a firefly in a jar, money in a piggy bank, currency folded and tucked away in the edges of wrappers.” *** The morning is not your favorite time of the day. The dawn brings with it an awakening of body, mind and spirit; an awareness […]

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The Young Man and The Sea | By Iyanu Adebiyi and Joshua Omena | A Poem

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Their love had eyes with which to cry many rivers that would forever drown the earth. She asked: What if the skies were the oceans and the oceans the sand, would you walk on water? He replied: First, I would run back to earth barefooted with heavy eyes, then I would fall to sleep like […]

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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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Brunel International Poetry Prize Unveils 2017 Shortlist of Ten

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Ten poets have been named on the 2017 shortlist of Brunel University’s International African Poetry Prize. The announcement was made […]

Congrats to Adichie for Winning the “One Book, One New York” Contest

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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie seems to be having a great year. She emerges winner in the hotly contested inaugural “One Book, […]

Joe Okonkwo’s Jazz Moon Is a Finalist for the 2017 LAMBDA Literary Awards

When Joe Okonkwo’s debut novel, Jazz Moon, came out last year, we covered it in an interview. Now, we are excited […]

Nigerian Author Tolulope Popoola Is Featured in Lancôme Beauty Campaign

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Some of you may know Popoola as the author of Brittle Paper’s wedding story series titled Memoirs of a Lagos […]

Namwali Serpell’s The New Yorker Essay Reveals the Satire in Zambia’s “Afronaut” Legend

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Last week, The New Yorker published a heavily-researched essay by Namwali Serpell in its Culture Desk section. Titled “The Zambian […]

Being Black | By Hanna Ali | Poetry

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  Part 1 My skin takes three sessions on the sunbed to achieve It’s hard to perfect the darkness surrounding […]