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Interview | Alain Mabanckou Talks Tutuola, Exile, and His Love of Fashion

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  When writer, Alain Mabanckou, mentioned that he had been exiled from his home country of Congo Brazzaville during a panel discussion at the recently concluded Ake Festival, I knew we needed to have a conversation about this. Spotting a print shirt, blue jeans, and brown fedora, it would have been hard to guess this […]

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Interview | Ukamaka Olisakwe on her First-time Visit to the US

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Ukamaka Olisakwe is the author of Eyes of a Goddess, her debut novel published in 2012 by Piraeus Books, Massachusetts. Her stories have appeared in various online journalist and blogs including Saraba, Sentinel Nigeria, Short Story Day Africa, Naija Stories, and featured in many other local and international platforms like the New York Times and […]

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Writing About Gayness, Blackness and Jazz in 1920s Harlem and Paris | Interview with Joe Okonkwo, Author of Jazz Moon

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Joe Okonkwo’s debut novel, Jazz Moon, came out in June of this year. Described by David Ebershoff, author of The Danish Girl, as “passionate, alive, and original,” it follows a gay male poet’s journey in the 1920s from the American South to Harlem and then to Paris, handling complexities of character when impacted by art and love […]

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Ake Festival 2016 | Q and A with Helon Habila and NoViolet Bulawayo | by Nmadiuto Uche

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For five hours, we had been tutored by authors NoViolet Bulawayo and Helon Habila on dialogue and the perfect opening when writing fiction. The fiction workshop at Ake Festival, held on November 15, had beamed a light in a dark place of writing for the participants. All 25 of us had shared a sample of […]

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Interview | A Conversation with Zainab Omaki | By Akumbu Uche

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I met Zainab Omaki in 2014. At the time I was working with Scholars Hub Africa (now known as Edufrica). A journalist at Radio House in Abuja and friend to our cause, Ms Omaki generously helped us find a venue for one of our workshops. At lunchtime, she would join me and the team for […]

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Interview | Kola Tubosun on Using Digital Technology to Counteract Cultural Amnesia | by Torinmo Salau

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Kọ́láwọlé Ọlátúbọ̀sún is a teacher, writer, and linguist whose work and influence cuts across education, literature and linguistics. He has taught as a university professor, high school teacher, and adult literacy volunteer. His poetry chapbook entitled ‘Attempted Speech & Other Fatherhood Poems’ was released in September 2015 and some of his creative works have been published in Sentinel Nigeria, Klorofyl, Maple Tree Literary Supplement, […]

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#CainePrize2016 | Interview with Tope Folarin | by Akati Khasiani

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In a few days, on July 4th, the 17th winner of the Caine Prize for African Writing will be unveiled. You’ve either read the shortlisted stories or read the reviews we posted right here on Brittle Paper. You have a sense of what the stories are about. You know whether you like them or not. You have […]

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Searching for “the Poetry of a Moment” | Interview with Eloghosa Osunde | by Kola Tubosun

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  The Invisible Borders road trip is almost over, after having traversed much of Nigeria, from Lagos to Benin to Aba to Maiduguri and Kano. Today, I talk with writer and photographer Eloghosa Osunde, one of the participants of the road trip. *** It’s nice to talk to you today. Tell me a bit about […]

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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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Yaa Gyasi’s Homegoing Wins the National Book Critics Circle’s John Leonard Prize

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Yaa Gyasi’s Homegoing has been awarded the National Book Critics Circle’s John Leonard Prize for the best debut novel. This […]

Memoirs of a Lagos Wedding Planner | Episode 1: The Almost Wedding | by Tolulope Popoola

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My client and I had been planning this wedding for months. It was going to be a big affair, attended […]

Perfumes | by Mimi Adebayo | African Fiction

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“I married my husband, Tolu, because he understood, to an extent, the sanctity of scents.”   *** THESE DAYS, I […]

Mama Junior | by Uzoamaka Doris Aniunoh | African Fiction

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“‘You see this front seat?’ she asked, pointing at the car. ‘That front seat belongs to my first son Junior. […]

Mama Hadiza’s Money | by Dare Dan | African Fiction

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SOONER OR LATER in life—at one’s very last breath perhaps—something welcomes one to the world again; its strangeness; its shock; […]

Happy Birthday Binyavanga! | Six Writers on Binyavanga as Friend, Mentor, and Teacher

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Inspired by Lara Abiona’s beautiful birthday tribute to Binyavanga Wainaina here on Brittle Paper, we asked six writers—Linda Musita, Kiprop […]