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N. Bulawayo on Literary Success, Giving Back, and Writivism | Interviewed by Rebecca Rwakabukoza

NoViolet Bulawayo is a Zimbabwean author and Stegner Fellow at Stanford University. Her debut novel We Need New Names was released in 2013 and was included in the 2013 Man Booker Prize shortlist.  This made her the first black African woman and the first Zimbabwean to be shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. It also […]

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A Dramatist’s Passion for the Art | Interview with Segun Adefila of Crown Troupe

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We didn’t know where we were headed back then. The only thing we were certain of was our passion for the arts — Segun Adefila Writing, the beautiful the about writing, is the creativity and imagination that comes with it. Imagining a character’s voice, hair style, clothing, what he/she might do in certain situations. It […]

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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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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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Tomi Adeyemi’s Million Dollar Book and Movie Deal | All the Scoop + Publication Date

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Harvard graduate Tomi Adeyemi reportedly scored a million-dollar book + movie deal for her young adult trilogy. Her website confirms […]

The 2017 Babishai Haiku Award Shortlist

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Seventeen poets have been named on the 2017 Babishai Haiku Award shortlist. The award is an initiative of the Babishai-Niwe Poetry […]

The 2017 NLNG Prize for Literature Longlist

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The Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG) Prize has announced its 2017 longlist of eleven poets, and it includes such well […]

Nnedi Okorafor, Bibi Bakare-Yusuf Among TED Global 2017 Speakers

Nnedi Okorafor and Cassava Republic co-founder Bibi Bakare-Yusuf are among the speakers for the TED Global 2017 in Arusha, Tanzania. […]

Homecoming | By Dami Lare | A Mosaic of Torn Places

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In May, we published A Mosaic of Torn Places, an anthology of stories by young Nigerian writers. Dami Lare’s “Homecoming” […]

Opportunity for African Writers | Enter for the 2018 Costa Short Story Award

The 2018 Costa Short Story Award is open for submissions. Founded in 2012 and funded by Costa Coffee, the £3,500 award […]