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Bessie Head’s Letters: the Pain, the Beauty, the Humor

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“Forgive the vanity, but few people equal my letter-writing ability!!” writes Bessie Head on March 14, 197o to her friend Randolphe Vigne. Head is not exaggerating. For the last few months, I have been reading many of her letters, and I find them to be such beautiful things. They are raw, honest, and loud, but there […]

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An Ecofeminist Drawing New Language from Nature and His Anima | Q&A with Saddiq Dzukogi, 2017 Brunel International Poetry Prize Shortlistee

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Saddiq Dzukogi was recently shortlisted for the 2017 Brunel International Poetry Prize. We published his poem, “Collect Rainwater,” in February. Saddiq is Poetry Editor at Expound. A three-time finalist for the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA) Poetry Prize, he is the author of Sunbeams & Shadows (Origami, imprint of Parresia Publishers, 2014) and Canvas (kraft Books, 2011). His poems […]

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Why We Are Celebrating Enkare Review’s Ambitious Interview with David Remnick, Editor of The New Yorker

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There are pleasant shocks and there are pleasant shocks and then there is Enkare Review publishing an interview with David Remnick, editor of The New Yorker. An eight-month-old magazine based in Kenya and run by writers in their twenties getting audience with the Pulitzer Prize-winning editor of a 92-year-old magazine regarded as the most influential […]

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Documenting the Beauty and Battles in Queer Bodies | Q&A with Romeo Oriogun, 2017 Brunel International Poetry Prize Shortlistee

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Romeo Oriogun was recently shortlisted for the 2017 Brunel International Poetry Prize. We published his “Metamorphosis” in June of 2016 and his “The Final Portrait of a Dead Artist” in February of this year. Raw, sensuous and disarmingly beautiful, his poetry explores LGBTIQ experiences in a violently homophobic Nigeria. Over email, we had a question […]

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On Cultural Intersectionality and Familial Love | Interview with Angela Ajayi, Winner of the 2017 PEN/ Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize

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Two weeks ago, we announced that Angela Ajayi was one of the twelve writers who won the 2017 PEN/ Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize for Emerging Writers. Her winning story, “Galina,” was published last year in Fifth Wednesday Journal and was included in our monthly literary digest for February. Partly inspired by Holly Morris’ and Anne Bogart’s 2015 documentary […]

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“Writing Africa Now” | A Johns Hopkins University Literature Class Interviews Masande Ntshanga

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Dr. Jeanne-Marie Jackson is a literature Professor at Johns Hopkins. In one of her literature courses dedicated to contemporary African writing, she curates an interview session between her class and South African novelist Masande Ntshanga. Ntshanga is the author of the critically acclaimed 2014 novel The Reactive. The novel explores drug abuse and HIV in a […]

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Interview: Adichie Talks HOAYS, Emotional Truth, and the Pain of Fiction with The Muse Journal

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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Half of a Yellow Sun marked its tenth anniversary in 2016. The novel was published in 2006 and soon became a critical and commercial success, winning her the 2007 Orange Broadband Prize. In 2015, Half of a Yellow Sun ranked tenth in BBC’s list of 21st Century classics and was named the Baileys […]

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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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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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#TBT | An Ode to Makeup | The Full Transcript of Chimamanda Adichie’s Wellesley Speech

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Our #TBT feature this week is Chimamanda Adichie’s Wellesley speech. Two years ago, Adichie gave the commencement speech at Wellesley […]

The Impossibly Dapper Novelist: A Look at Alain Mabanckou’s Style File

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From Chimamanda Adichie’s widely-publicized made-in-Nigeria wardrobe to Teju Cole’s Ikire Jones scarves to Prof Ato Quayson’s fedora hats, fashion and […]

Keeping Up With African Writers: Aminatta Forna

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  Among writers of her generation, Aminatta Forna belongs in the higher ranks of critical acclaim. With her work translated […]

Why Maaza Mengiste Threw Away the First Draft of Her Second Novel

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Maaza Mengiste might have just one novel published so far, in 2010, but she is one of the most visible […]

Chimamanda Adichie at City of Columbia’s Books In Bloom Festival | By Arao Ameny

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The city of Columbia, Maryland—a city located midway between Washington D.C. and Baltimore—hosted its first literary festival ‘Books in Bloom’ […]

Leila Aboulela Headlines 2017 Kaduna Book and Arts Festival

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Hold on, Ake Festival. KABAFEST is here! Yes, we are delighted to announce the inaugural edition of the Kaduna Book […]