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An Evening of African Literature | Photos From Abubakar Ibrahim and Sarah L. Manyika’s Washington, DC Reading

It is always a delightful treat to hear African writers in conversation with each other. A few weeks ago, I was fortunate enough to attend such a dialogue. On April 30, Politics and Prose bookstore and Young African Professionals DC (YAP DC) co-hosted Nigerian authors Abubakar Adam Ibrahim and Sarah Ladipo Manyika to discuss their […]

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Dear Tete Petina: “I Am One of Those People Who Once Really Wanted To Win the Caine Prize”

Last week, we debuted an advice column for writers, titled Tete Petina. The column is written by novelist Petina Gappah. Gappah kicked off the column with a deeply personal and heartfelt advice on how to handle the disappointment of not being shortlisted for the Caine Prize. [If you haven’t read it, stop whatever you are […]

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8 Ways To Tutor Children in Creative Writing | by Chioma Iwunze-Ibiam

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When children start writing their own stories and poems, their parents start wondering how to encourage and raise them to be better writers. Most parents want their children to learn to express their thoughts and ideas in the most imaginative way possible. As a mother and teacher, this makes perfect sense. After all, being creative […]

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Jowhor Ile is the First Nigerian to Win the Etisalat Prize for Literature

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Jowhor Ile has been awarded the 2016 Etisalat Prize for Literature for his debut novel And After Many Days, making him the first Nigerian to take the prize in its four years. The event was held an hour ago in Lagos. The $15,000 Etisalat Prize for Literature is awarded to the best debut book of […]

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Alain Mabanckou Headlines the 2017 Edition of Africa Writes

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For 3 days every year, London becomes the Mecca of African literature. Literature lovers all over the city gather together at the Africa Writes book festival to celebrate African writing and enjoy a rich fare of readings, lectures, performances, book launches, and more more. If this year’s festival, slated for June 30 to July 2, is anything […]

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Learning the Gag Reflex | By Logan February | Poetry

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Love does not want this body, this mouth, toothless maw, hanging open & belonging to nobody’s son. The father died & I became nobody. In Yoruba, a father is a name & the left hand is taboo. One cannot offer water with the left hand or sleep facing upward. At night, a witch will sit […]

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EVENT: Brittle Paper Editor Ainehi Edoro Presents Lecture on African Literature in Oslo | May 24

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What if African writers are read independent of their origin? What if they are read as though with a different identity? What if Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart is read not as the story of an Igbo man in a society succumbing to colonialism but as that of a Frenchman adjusting to German occupation in […]

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The Alan Paton Award for Nonfiction Shortlist Unveiled

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Five books have been named on the shortlist for the Alan Paton Award for non-fiction. They are: Sean Christie’s Under Nelson Mandela Boulevard: Life Among the Stowaways; Christa Kuljian’s Darwin’s Hunch: Science, Race, and the Search for Human Origins; Greg Marinovich’s Murder at Small Koppie: The Real Story of the Marikana Massacre; Dikgang Moseneke’s My Own Liberator: A Memoir; and Steven Robins’ Letters […]

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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 Great Ugandan Novel” | Aaron Bady Hails Jennifer Makumbi’s Kintu

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Since its 2014 publication, Jennifer Makumbi’s Kintu has raced its way to hit status. Divided into six parts, the novel “reimagines […]

Judges Unveiled for the Black Letter Media Short Story Competition

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Black Letter Media has released the three-person list of judges for the 2017 edition of its short story competition. The judges […]

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. […]

A Narrative of Home and Longing | Review of Inua Ellams’ #Afterhours | By Billie McTernan

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In his new anthology-cum-diary-cum-memoir, #Afterhours, Nigerian poet Inua Ellams features a collection of poems written in-response to a well-considered selection […]

The New Things Fall Apart Cover is the Best Thing You’ll See Today

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Things Fall Apart will be 60 next year. And Penguin USA is pulling all the stops to put together a […]

Akwaeke Emezi Awarded the 2017 Commonwealth Short Story Prize for Africa Region

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Akwaeke Emezi has been awarded the 2017 Commonwealth Short Story Prize (Africa Region) for her entry, “Who Is Like God?” […]