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“Pledged to the Republic of Imagination”— Uche Umez Interviews Tade Ipadeola

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Tade Ipadeola is one of three authors in line to win the 100,000 dollar NLNG prize for Poetry. Enjoy this thoughtful and revealing conversation between the prize winning poet and Uche Umez who was shortlisted for the NLNG literature prize in 2007 and 2011. Both poets reflect on everything from the Arab Spring, poetic style/composition, Seamus Heaney, […]

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Crime Fiction and the African Zeitgeist—A Brittle Paper Interview with Helon Habila on His Crime Writing Project

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For all those who have dreamed of reading or writing African crime and spy fiction, your day has finally come with the recent launch of Cordite Books.  You’ll enjoy this must-read interview of Helon Habila. He talks about his work as the editor of the Cordite Books crime imprint. He also makes some of the […]

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Brittle Paper Interviews Caine Prize Shortlistee Tope Folarin

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[M]y piece was partly inspired by Plato’s Allegory of The Cave Tope Folarin’s story “Miracle” published in Transition is on the shortlist of the Caine Prize for African Fiction. I caught up with Folarin via email and asked him a set of questions about himself and his work. His responses are illuminating and fun to […]

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The Irreverent Critic: Interview with Ikhide Ikheloa

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It is inappropriate to judge African writing with the poverty porn that is hawked for profit by writers like Uwem Akpan and Chris Abani. — Ikhide Ikheloa Two weeks ago, I emailed Nigerian literary critic, Ikhide Ikheloa, a list of questions that covered everything from African publishing to sex in African novels. Read and enjoy his deeply reflective […]

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Brittle Paper INTERVIEW | Meet Nigeria’s #1 Romance Writer

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What better way to usher in Valentine’s day than with an African female writer chatting us up about love, romance, and the writing life. Meet Myne Whitman, a Nigerian romance writer and the founder of the online literary collective called naijastories.com. She shares her thoughts on romance novels, nollywood, and African erotica. Ms. Whitman lives […]

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Exclusive Brittle Paper Interview | Chibundu Onuzo Speaks About Her New Novel, Nollywood, And Lagos As A City of Romance

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Interesting stuff keeps coming out of the Nigerian literary scene, the most recent of which is the publication of Chibundu Onuzu’s Spider King’s Daughter by prestigious British publishing house, Faber and Faber.  Spider King’s Daughter is a dark love story set in Nigeria’s megalopolis, Lagos. From the moment I started reading the novel, I knew […]

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Brittle Paper TV: Exclusive Video Interview with Krista Dragomer: “My Works are Like Slimy Little Monsters”

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To all y’all meeting Krista for the first time, I am delighted to introduce her to you. She is a Brooklyn-based artist. If there is anything as memorable as Krista’s work, it is her description of her work.  Her essays, she tells me in an email message, are “free spirit monsters that just run all over [her] […]

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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 […]