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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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#CainePrize2016 | Interview with Bongani Kona | 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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#CainePrize2016 | Interview with Abdul Adan | 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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The Poet as Cartographer | Interview of Niran Okewole | by Tope Salaudeen-Adégòkè

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Niran Okewole is a prolific and celebrated poet, a playwright, an essayist and a trained psychiatrist. He is a consecutive two-time winner of the MUSON Festival Poetry Prize, in 2002 and 2003, and the recipient of the Sawubona MusicJam/Berlin International Poetry Festival Prize in 2008. Niran was a festival guest at the 2015 Ake Arts […]

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“I Give Curiosity a Role” | Interview with Yagazie Emezi | by Kola Tubosun

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Yagazie Emezi, a “multidisciplinary artist”. She is also a bundle of talent who draws, takes great portraits, runs a popular YouTube page, and is also involved in fashion. She was born in Aba in 1989, has a double major in Cultural Anthropology and Africana Studies from the University of New Mexico, and has lived on […]

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The Banquet | by Wana Udobang | African Poetry

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This exclusive piece of spoken-word poetry by Nigerian poet and filmmaker Wana Udobang is a special treat for lovers of African poetry. In the poem, titled “The Banquet,” Udobang uses the celebratory and pleasure-giving power of food as imagery to express feminine self-renewal. Seeing that yesterday was Mother’s Day (in the US), the poem is a great […]

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“Esu is Not Satan” | Interview with Orisa Priestess Ifawemimo Omitonade | by Kola Tubosun

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Omítọ̀nàdé Ifáwẹ̀mímọ́ is an Orisa priestess who is also a graduate of Economics from the Obafemi Awolowo University. She was a guest at the last Aké Arts and Books Festival where she participated in a panel about the plurality of the African religious space. I caught up with her with a few questions of my […]

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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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