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He Was Delayed | By Miriam Jerotich | Fiction

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“…she was bored of working in a nursing home, taking care of the old who refused to die.” They first saw each other seven years ago, outside the US embassy in Gigiri, on one of those early Nairobi mornings when you were not quite sure whether it would rain or whether the sun would rise. […]

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The Lunatic | By Barnabas Ikeoluwa Adeleke | Poetry

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The sky has moved down To Ìlúpéjú, veiling houses, men, birds And beasts with milky clouds. The streets Are sparse with rushing feet. Few men Walk like Bartimeaus, taking uncertain Measured steps. Last night’s rain finds The sun slumbering. Perhaps it has risen But hides its face in the rain-filled Breasts of the Calypsos of […]

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A Place Near Bliss | By Chris Tilewa | Fiction

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“He’d watch the birds peck at their feathers and take flight, and the performance of sunlight on the trees outside, how it glided from east to west.” Muyiwa was the kind of man who could have all the kinds of women he wanted. He carried about him an amiable flux and charm, and over time, […]

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A Wilder Expression of Love | By Chinaecherem Michael Obor | Fiction

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We value love not because it’s stronger than death but because it’s weaker. —Jeffery Eugenides. YOU KNEW, in the half-second you saw Chisom standing at the university gates, that love does show up in dusty shades. She was throwing tentative glances about, apparently looking for someone. You wanted to call out her name, to raise […]

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For When We Remember the Dead | By Farida Adamu | Poetry

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my father’s cows used to be there, and here, in this ranch now cold and desolate. its walls mourn in silence, missing the buzzing bodies that kept it warm. my father’s cows used to be here, splattered in white, eyes staring deeply into the void within souls; sometimes, you wonder why they stare ignoring the […]

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The Box of Memories | By Victoria Naa Takia Nunoo | Fiction

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  “And you watch movies made from these books…and in this one, a man literally unwraps a woman like a candy. She turns and turns and twirls until the removing is done.” February, 2017 You set your phone to sleep after thirty seconds of inactivity, and with a touch of the power button, a collection […]

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Rain Dance | By Acan Innocent Immaculate | Fiction | Love Stories from Africa Anthology

LUWUM HAD ALWAYS HAD a fascination with the rain. Even though he knew how the physics and chemistry came together to make the skies weep, he still felt like he knew next to nothing about the rain. On that day, its behaviour was extra confusing; the sun had put in a snarling appearance from morning […]

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Placards | By Chisom Okafor | Poetry | 14: An Anthology of Queer Art

Your mother’s hair used to be a mass of fine threads that touched the back of her shoulders, curving into a cluster of curls. She fed them thick portions of cheap oil each morning, scrubbed hard then softly, with hair brush. Once, she said, “When yours grow, Miriam, a man will find it attractive, then […]

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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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