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Space-traveling Nigerians | Interview with Deji Olukotun

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 Deji Olukotun’s novel, Nigerians in Space, is one of the most entertaining novel about Africa to come out this year. It’s a quirky, multi-city, fast-paced noir fiction piece about a Nigerian lunar geologist who dreams of leading a Nigerian space mission. But as with all things Nigerian, things get a little more complicated than he […]

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Leila Aboulela Takes Us Back 14 Years to the First Caine Prize | Exclusive Interview

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We are so pleased to bring you this Q&A with the brilliant and gorgeous Leila Aboulela. 14 years ago, the Sudanese author made history when she won the inaugural edition of the Caine Prize for African Writing.  She’s gone on to publish a short story collection titled Colored Lights (2001), in addition to two critically […]

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The Ebedi Interview: Q&A with Jumoke Verissimo, Poet and Short story Writer

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Here is the second of a series of Q&As with the three most recent alumni of Ebedi International Writers Residency. {Read the interview with Gertrude Uzoh HERE.} Ebedi Writers Residency founded by Wale Okediran (Tenants of the House) is, perhaps, the best kept secret in the African literary community. Tucked away in Iseyin, a small town in […]

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Nigerian Filmmaker, Efe Mike-Ifeta, Dishes Out On His New Film, Daddy’s Boy | Brittle Paper Q&A

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How is writing a novel different from writing a screen play? Why is Nollywood still struggling with writing a decent scripts? After almost 30 years of dominating the African film industry, what does the future look like for Nollywood? Efe Mike-Ifeta, a Toronto-based Nigerian filmmaker, is on hand to respond to these questions while dishing […]

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The Magic of Blogging — Popoola on The Blog That Became Her First Novel | Brittle Paper Q&A

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Teju Cole’s Everyday For the Thief started out as a blog. Tolulope Popoola‘s novel Nothing Comes Close is a spin off from a blog series. What do these success stories tell us about blogging and fiction writing? Should all aspiring writers try out blogging? If you already write a fiction blog, how do you make the move […]

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Are You A Nigerian Writer? Why Join The Association of Nigerian Authors?— Brittle Paper Q&A with Richard Ali

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The Association of Nigerian Authors is the premier organization for writers in Nigeria. I’d always wondered about its function in the literary community, so I sent Richard Ali a few questions. Ali is the author of City of Memories and one of  ANA’s publicity secretaries. He clarifies a lot of things regarding the place of […]

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“Strangers in Each Other’s Countries: A Discussion with Chika Unigwe” By Femke van Zeijl

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I am standing in front of a red brick town house with a lead-coloured mailbox next to its door. Pulling the collar of my jacket closer to my neck to protect it against the chill of March, I gaze into the silent Turnhout street. A common house in a common street in a common Flemish […]

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Chronicling the African Metropolis: Q&A with Jungle Jim—South African Pulp Fiction Zine

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 Jungle Jim is a bimonthly pulp fiction magazine based in Cape Town. In the universe of African fiction, Jungle Jim lives on the other side of that world where people like Teju Cole and Adichie write “high” literary things that are printed, promoted, and sold expensively by big publishing houses. In this must-read interview, Jenna Bass […]

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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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Sarah Waiswa and Farah Ahamed Named Co-winners of the 2017 Gerald Kraak Award

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The Ugandan-born Kenya-based photographer Sarah Waiswa and the Kenyan writer Farah Ahamed have been named co-winners of the inaugural Gerald […]

When We Talk about Kintu | By Ellah Wakatama Allfrey

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When Kwani? launched its Manuscript Project competition in 2012 the stated aim was to find the best unpublished novels by […]

“The Great Ugandan Novel” | Aaron Bady Hails Jennifer Makumbi’s Kintu

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Since its 2014 publication, Jennifer Makumbi’s Kintu has raced its way to hit status. Divided into six parts, the novel “reimagines […]

Judges Unveiled for the Black Letter Media Short Story Competition

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Black Letter Media has released the three-person list of judges for the 2017 edition of its short story competition. The judges […]

A Mosaic of Torn Places | Read the New Diverse Anthology of Young Nigerian Writers

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A Mosaic of Torn Places, the latest anthology of young writers out of Nigeria, collects ten stories of poignant diversity. […]

A Narrative of Home and Longing | Review of Inua Ellams’ #Afterhours | By Billie McTernan

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In his new anthology-cum-diary-cum-memoir, #Afterhours, Nigerian poet Inua Ellams features a collection of poems written in-response to a well-considered selection […]