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Work Naija: The Book of Vocations | Powerful Mixed-Genre Anthology Explores the Idea of Work

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Brittle Paper is delighted to bring you Work Naija: The Book of Vocations. It is the second book in the ART NAIJA series, a literary project launched last year to craft concept-based anthologies exploring various aspects of Nigerian life, ideas, and artistic forms. It is also an attempt to put together a collection of exciting […]

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The Labours of the Months: Of Work and Its Refuseniks | By Rotimi Babatunde

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  In October 2016, we published Enter Naija: The Book of Places, an anthology of creative nonfiction, photography, poetry, digital art, fiction and commentary on Nigerian cities, designed to mark the country’s 56th Independence anniversary. Featuring 35 writers and visual artists, the anthology is edited by Otosirieze Obi-Young and introduced by Ikhide R. Ikheloa, and […]

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A Tenderer Blessing | By Otosirieze Obi-Young | Fiction

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  THE university campus in Nsukka was full of ixora, and it was beside one of the trimmed hedges in our Faculty of Arts, stoic, green tables with red blossoms, that Nnaemeka first spoke to me, igniting a friendship that will, as long as I breathe, remain an indelible part of my life. At first, […]

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The Weight of Silence | By Abubakar Adam Ibrahim | Fiction

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  Do you believe in karma or do you call it something else, like kismet or qadr or providence? Or have you, over the years, along with your inexplicable taste for self-destruction, acquired a penchant for dismissing such things as incidental, as has become fashionable? Did you ever imagine, even in your wildest dreams, and […]

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A Confession in Three Movements | By Moyosore Orimoloye | Poetry

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And he who has none, even that which he has shall be taken from him. – Mark 4:25b. I Brethren, I know this message to be true. I was seventeen and had just lost love— to fellows like you. Immediately, in fulfillment of the Word, a door of losses opened unto me. She cited studies […]

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Is the Yoruba Demon Just a Self-absorbed Man? | By Koyejo Adebakin

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On May 18th, we posted the full transcript of Funmi Iyanda’s Youtube video titled “Why Are Yoruba Men Demons?” Read it here if you missed it. Koyejo Adebakin has written a response to Iyanda’s provocations, offering new insights into what the fascinating concept of a Yoruba demon might mean.  *** On a humid March evening […]

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Portrait of Us as Snow White | Two Poems by Theresa Lola

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    Portrait of Us as Snow White We inherited black holes for eyes, so light was the benchmark we measured the beauty of skin against. We sat in our dorm room and discussed who the fairest of all was. The Igbo girls claimed they could be cast as foreign as long as the sun […]

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A Mosaic of Torn Places | Read the New Diverse Anthology of Young Nigerian Writers

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A Mosaic of Torn Places, the latest anthology of young writers out of Nigeria, collects ten stories of poignant diversity. In one of the anthology’s highlights, a Milton-loving seafarer embarks on a journey home only, after what seems a harmless indulgence with a stranger’s baby, to meet his end in mob justice. In another, a […]

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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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Akwaeke Emezi’s Guide to Becoming a Successful Writer in 35 Tweets

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Last week, Akwaeke Emezi put on her life coach cape and dished out truths that every writer, artist, dreamer, and […]

On Culture and Unbecoming Invisible | Interview with Yalie Kamara, 2017 Brunel Prize Finalist

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Weeks ago, we announced that Africa in Dialogue published an e-book of interviews with the ten poets shortlisted for the 2017 Brunel Poetry […]

Sillerman Prize Winners, Ladan Osman and Mahtem Shiferraw, Announced as 2018 Neustadt Prize Judges

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The 2018 Neustadt Prize judges have been announced, and among them, in a very happy coincidence, are the 2014 and […]

Hugging You Will Always Be an Awkward Thing | D. E. Benson | Poetry

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“hugging you will always be an awkward thing no, i have never feared receiving sacrament from the lips of other […]

2017 University of Johannesburg Prizes: Nthikeng Mohlele and Mohale Mashingo Announced Winners

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The 2017 University of Johannesburg Prizes have been awarded to Nthikeng Mohlele and Mohale Mashigo. Mohlele, who made the Africa39 […]

When Writers Talk Music: Vol. 1 | Teju Cole on Fela and WizKid, Imbolo Mbue on Soukous and Makossa

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Enough of books, let’s talk music. Or let’s read writers talking music. So what happens when writers talk music? Here […]