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Nine, Ten, Eleven | by Princewill McDaniels | African Flash Fiction

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His Blackberry phone gave a loud cry and the battery bar went red, glaring like a deep wound. “Ahhh! Not again!” Tares gnashed his teeth at the thought of another trip to the Cafe to charge his phone for the fourth time today. He grabbed his grey sleeveless top and reached for his charger. “And […]

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Interview | David Evans Discusses the Passion Behind His 300+ Amazon Book Reviews

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David Evans is a friend and a fan of Brittle Paper, so we’ve always known that he loves to read. We just didn’t know how much of a super-reader he was until we stumbled upon his 300+ Amazon book reviews.  Evans takes time out of this busy life as an economist, a husband, and a father […]

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Nothing, Everything | by Niyi Ademoroti | An African Story

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Our housemaid is a constantly brooding fourteen year old Togolese named Joy. I call her NE. Forever distracted, always looking out the window and never hearing when she’s called. When I ask her: —NE, what’s on your mind? She answers: —Nothing. When I ask her: —NE, what’s good? She answers: —Everything. Joy works like a […]

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Interview | Alice Curry on Addressing Diversity in Children’s Book Publishing

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According to a New York Times article, “of 3,200 children’s books published in 2013, just 93 were about about black people.” As bad as this sounds, it gets worse when we think of diversity beyond race. In the global literary market today, children’s books featuring Africans or exploring Islam are hard to find.  This is why Alice […]

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Interview | Emmanuel Iduma on Saraba’s Newly Launched Manuscript Award

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In August, we brought you news about the Saraba Manuscript Award—an exciting publishing opportunity open to Nigerian writers.  [click here if you missed it] In order to “promote writers at the earliest stages of their career,” Saraba Magazine is offering 500 dollars, plus a publishing deal for fiction and non-fiction works. Application is currently open until […]

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Interview | Eghosa Imasuen Talks Nigerian Publishing Industry & Obasanjo’s Memoirs | by Kola Tubosun

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Eghosa Imasuen is the C.O.O at Farafina-Kachifo, one of Africa’s top publishing houses. He is the author of To Saint Patrick and Fine Boys. He is also a medical doctor. Last year, Farafina published the memoirs of former president Olusegun Obasanjo. The book was subsequently banned and only recently released.   In this interview, I talk to Imasuen […]

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Interview | Wale Lawal On Magic, Fantasy, and the Nigerian Obsession with Harry Potter

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The month of August opened with a literary phenomenon that took Nigerian Twitter by storm. Wale Lawal sent out a series of tweets in which he imagined what it would be like if there were Nigerian students in Hogwarts—that legendary wizarding boarding school where much of J. K. Rowling’s fantasy series is set. Fellow Nigerian fans of […]

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Interview | Pemi Aguda | Winner of the 2015 Writivism Short Story Competition

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A few weeks ago, Pemi Aguda was shortlisted for the 2015 Writivism Short Story Prize, which resulted in her being invited to the Writivism Festival.  The trip to Uganda quickly turned into a celebration when she came out the winner of the prize, thanks to her darkly humorous urban tale titled “Caterer, Caterer.” [Read HERE] We are […]

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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 Reviews Are In! | Namwali Serpell Has High Praise for Jennifer Makumbi’s Kintu

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Jennifer Makumbi’s Kintu is one of the hit novels of 2017. A historical drama, it tells the story of an 18th […]

New Website Collects Everything Binyavanga Wainaina Has Written Since the Late 1990s

A new Website has collected everything published by Binyavanga Wainaina since his writing career began in the late 1990s. The […]

Opportunity for All Writers | Submit to Vanguard Literary Services’ HIV/AIDS Awareness Anthology

To mark the 2017 World HIV/AIDS Day on December 1, Vanguard Literary Services, a bookselling company in Nigeria, has called […]

The Graywolf Press Africa Prize Launches with Igoni A. Barrett as Judge

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A new award just dropped: the Graywolf Press Africa Prize, for “a first novel manuscript by an African author primarily residing […]

Nnedi Okorafor Celebrates Everyday African Life in New Superhero Comic

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A little over two years ago, South African Sci-fi writer Lauren Beukes collaborated with D. C. Comics on a Wonder […]

Redemption | Andrew Aondosoo Labe | Poetry

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A Pastor says the devil landed here in ‘77. His broken legs can be seen in the twin-rivers. Three-eyed demons […]