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Hugging You Will Always Be an Awkward Thing | D. E. Benson | Poetry

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“hugging you will always be an awkward thing no, i have never feared receiving sacrament from the lips of other men once I had the holy water wash the seeds of sin down my oesophagus but you? the curl of your arms reaches like God’s they steep from earth to heaven into a shoulder hanging […]

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A Motherless Race: Three Poems | By Goodnews Mememugh Karibo

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Recalling Losses It was the same night you walked out into a car that drove you off. I called you Laraba. you took the sun off from your eyes and dropped it in the middle of sulking orphans. for once you were kind. kindness was the oil of your soul. I loved you the way […]

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What It Means to Grow Up without You | By Funge-owei Michael Nemine | Poetry

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I was bare, assailable, groping For your wings to run over me And lace me with warmth. But you never came. The night showed me your shadow, Weeping and groping around my wall. The wind brought you through the window And you hovered around the little lamp And ran the shadows of your fingers over […]

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The Soymilk Woman’s Gift | By Ndukwu Joseph Omoh | Poetry

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  I live with the words of many men Going in my head. I have become attached to syntax, To larynx. I have become squeezed every hour in that small space between the heart and lungs, Hungering to nail myself to a history Whose colour I know but whose sounds I have yet to learn. […]

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Babishai Poetry Festival 2017 | Interview with Mugabi Byenkya, Author of Dear Philomena

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As part of the countdown to the 2017 Babishai Poetry Festival in Uganda, the organisers are conducting a series of interviews on their guests and on writers whose works have made a landmark. The festival will be held on 4-6 August 2017. Here, one of the guests, Mugabi Byenkya, author of Dear Philomena, discusses how he became […]

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An Almost Year for the Caine Prize: 6 Records That Were Not Broken | By Nkiacha Atemnkeng

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In 2017, several Caine Prize records almost got broken. But one did get broken. Sixty-five-year-old Sudanese Bushra al-Fadil is the oldest fictioneer to get nominated for the Caine prize. But after him, the list of almost-records begins. 1. Second Arabic-to-English Translation Bushra’s “The Story of the Girl Whose Birds Flew Away” is a translation from […]

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A Confession in Three Movements | By Moyosore Orimoloye | Poetry

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And he who has none, even that which he has shall be taken from him. – Mark 4:25b. I Brethren, I know this message to be true. I was seventeen and had just lost love— to fellows like you. Immediately, in fulfillment of the Word, a door of losses opened unto me. She cited studies […]

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Bessie Head’s Gesture of Madness | By Hugo kaCanham | Essay

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Brittle Paper recently published a feature on Bessie Head’s 1991 collection of letters, A Gesture of Belonging. In that essay, Ainehi Edoro took me back to two years ago when Bessie’s letters were the centre of my life. Her story reads like that of my grandmother, my mother and many black women that I know. 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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Akwaeke Emezi’s Guide to Becoming a Successful Writer in 35 Tweets

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Last week, Akwaeke Emezi put on her life coach cape and dished out truths that every writer, artist, dreamer, and […]

On Culture and Unbecoming Invisible | Interview with Yalie Kamara, 2017 Brunel Prize Finalist

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Weeks ago, we announced that Africa in Dialogue published an e-book of interviews with the ten poets shortlisted for the 2017 Brunel Poetry […]

Sillerman Prize Winners, Ladan Osman and Mahtem Shiferraw, Announced as 2018 Neustadt Prize Judges

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The 2018 Neustadt Prize judges have been announced, and among them, in a very happy coincidence, are the 2014 and […]

Hugging You Will Always Be an Awkward Thing | D. E. Benson | Poetry

My beautiful picture

“hugging you will always be an awkward thing no, i have never feared receiving sacrament from the lips of other […]

2017 University of Johannesburg Prizes: Nthikeng Mohlele and Mohale Mashingo Announced Winners

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The 2017 University of Johannesburg Prizes have been awarded to Nthikeng Mohlele and Mohale Mashigo. Mohlele, who made the Africa39 […]

When Writers Talk Music: Vol. 1 | Teju Cole on Fela and WizKid, Imbolo Mbue on Soukous and Makossa

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Enough of books, let’s talk music. Or let’s read writers talking music. So what happens when writers talk music? Here […]