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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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#CainePrize2016 | Interview with Lesley Nneka Arimah | by Akati Khasiani

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  Each day brings us closer to July 4th when 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 […]

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#CainePrize2016 | Interview with Lidudumalingani | by Akati Khasiani

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Each day brings us closer to July 4th when 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. […]

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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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Is Fiston Mujila’s Tram 83 Misogynist Poverty Porn? Zukiswa Wanner and Richard Oduku Lead Strong Reaction to Ikhide Ikheloa’s Damning Criticism

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In August 2014, Congolese author Fiston Mwanza Mujila’s debut French-language novel, Tram 83, was released to rapturous acclaim in France. By […]

Roses and War | By Jonathan Otamere Endurance | Poetry

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Prayers are symphonies of lamentation That begin from my mother’s lips, Like a bird beginning a day’s death, With a […]

Fear Woman | By Immanuel James Ibe-Anyanwu | Fiction

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  Irritated by our presence, the guard swatted us off the entrance gate with his baton, his face ugly with […]

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 […]

Chimamanda Adichie’s Best Looks from the Dear Ijeawele Book Tour

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Over the last two months, Chimamanda Adichie has been on the road publicizing her new book Dear Ijeawele. She’s spoken […]

#BlackGirlMagic: Sisonke Msimang’s Essay on Adichie Is a Brilliant Dissection of How Black Female Celebs Are Praised and Criticized

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In the last five years, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has come to occupy a unique place in the pop culture conversation: […]