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The Story of My Vagina | By Amarachi Mbagwu Chilaka | A Story

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There were things my mother never taught me, and the vagina was one of them. Growing up, I had little or no awareness about it, where exactly it was “down there,” and why I even had it. The first time I ever heard about the vagina, I was in college. A female teacher had come […]

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Sarah Ladipo Manyika’s 3 Best Practices for the Aspiring Writer

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There isn’t one magical key to becoming a writer, neither is there one life-changing habit that guarantees success in literary pursuits. Sarah Ladipo Manyika says as much in a recent piece titled “What Virginia Woolf Forgot To Say.” The author of Like a Mule attributes success in writing to surprisingly mundane practices like having a stable […]

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Chimamanda Adichie Fangirls Over Njideka Akunyili Crosby and Her Work

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Adichie is in love with Njideka Akunyili Crosby’s artwork. We are 100 percent here for this kind of artistic affection, especially when it brings into focus the work of two leading figures of Africa’s literary and art worlds. You might recall that last year, Adichie’s Facebook post on raising a girl child went viral. You might […]

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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 out a few years before the TED talk, but it was that talk that took her from being a successful novelist to a global thought leader. Eight years later, in an interview with The Atlantic, Adichie revisits […]

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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 one more time, for the last time ever, and she finds herself back to her jail.” Nornu fills her bathtub to its brim with water each time Roy tickles the spot where her creator placed […]

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The Final Portrait of A Dead Artist | By Romeo Oriogun | Poetry

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“…the smell of turpentine fills the air as he paints the sea into a man.”   I hear it from afar, the thought coming thread by thread into a new city and this time it is Benin, a city of blood cuddled with mother’s breath. I know I should leave this city, this life, this […]

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Memoirs of a Lagos Wedding Planner | Episode 6: When In-Laws Misbehave | by Tolulope Popoola

This wedding was turning out to be more work than I had envisaged. After the first two meetings with the bride and her mother, when they were prospective clients, I had assumed they wanted a simple, straight-forward ceremony. But as the wedding day drew closer, the bride became more and more demanding, and started to […]

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You Should Be a Gift | By Ife Olujuyigbe | A Story

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“I know you know I need you to save face, and you need me to pander to your whims.” *** I am staring angrily at your parting lips as sounds escape them. I am asking questions in my head. Can I have just a little piece of yourself, since you’re so full of it? You’re […]

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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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The Story of My Vagina | By Amarachi Mbagwu Chilaka | A Story

Chilaka vagina (1)

There were things my mother never taught me, and the vagina was one of them. Growing up, I had little […]

Sarah Ladipo Manyika’s 3 Best Practices for the Aspiring Writer

sarah ladipo manyika

There isn’t one magical key to becoming a writer, neither is there one life-changing habit that guarantees success in literary […]

Chimamanda Adichie Fangirls Over Njideka Akunyili Crosby and Her Work

dear ijeawele (2)

Adichie is in love with Njideka Akunyili Crosby’s artwork. We are 100 percent here for this kind of artistic affection, […]

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

adichie atlantic interview

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

nwilo monsieur

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

The Final Portrait of A Dead Artist | By Romeo Oriogun | Poetry

oriogun portrait

“…the smell of turpentine fills the air as he paints the sea into a man.”   I hear it from […]