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The inaugural edition of the African Writers Festival took place on February 15 at Brown University’s McCormack Family Center. Chika Unigwe, author of Night Dancer and professor at Brown University, curated the event. She assembled an excellent group of well-known names in the African literary community to address the question of literature and the role […]

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Rotimi Babatunde’s Poignant Travel Essay Revisits an Irony of History

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  Last week, Caineprize.com published an essay by Rotimi Babatunde detailing his travel to Germany for a series of workshops centered around his 2012 Caine Prize-winning story “Bombay’s Republic.” The story, one of the very finest to have been shortlisted for the prize, follows an adventurous man who volunteers to fight for the British in […]

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From Child Prodigy to Taxi Driver to Award-winning Writer | The Inspiring Story of Abdul Adan

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2016 was a remarkable year for the Somalian writer Abdul Adan. His short story, “The Lifebloom Gift,” was shortlisted for the Caine Prize and his proposal for a novel won him a Miles Morland Scholarship. We also published an interview with him. Last week, Kenya’s Nation Media Group ran a profile on him titled “Abdul Adan’s […]

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Which God Did You Dream Of? | By Gaamangwe Joy Mogami | A Poem

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You won’t remember but the women Hollowed out the starved moons Out of the bleed-through of the Girl in the dream. You are her, and when you are her, Your skin is blind, And the buried humans inside you wake, Illuminating the days of harvest. There is a harvest of the dream of scars, Where […]

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Letter To Every Girl | By Blessing Iyamadiken

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“To girls who say they do not care about feminism, I have only a few words for you. One day, you will be asked to shut up in an argument because you are a woman.”   I write this letter from a place of pain, pain so deep I can taste it. Why am I […]

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Just an Extra | By Miracle Nwokedi | A Story

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Clutching my pink purse with both hands, I sat gracefully at one end of the eatery, my eyes dancing to the doorway at every pull and push. Shortly, heads started to rivet towards a swarthy, tall figure snaking swiftly to my table. It was Tunde. I felt righteous pride scooting up my cheeks. His erect […]

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The Railroad Children | By Osinachi | A Story

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“Standing there hand in hand, we stared at the first coach, old questions renewed in our eyes. We looked up to the sky and looked behind us.” *** January 13th, 1982. We were born the year the war ended, and we grew up with our home along this railway. We have not seen a moving […]

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And They Say Dreams Are Meant For Sleeping | By Zulaikhah | African Fiction

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“Then she would see a cockroach on her bedroom wall, staring back at her languidly as it cleaned its antennas with long, lavish strokes. The anger would bubble in her throat and her mother’s voice would sing to her from a long gone time.” *** She stood at MMIA, watching her husband go and trying […]

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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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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 […]

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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 […]

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This wedding was turning out to be more work than I had envisaged. After the first two meetings with the […]

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.” *** […]

The Gift-Bearers | By Leke David Omowaiye | A Story

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“Don’t you think you should pick that tomato and apologise?” “For weytin now? E reach five Naira? Abeg! Abeg! Abeg!” […]