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A Shared Sea: Tsitsi Dangarembga and Zora Neale Hurston | By Salimah Valiani

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  Tsitsi Dangarembga’s 1988 novel, Nervous Conditions, the story of Tambudzai, other girl-children, and women of Babamukuru’s family in 1970s British Rhodesia, begins this way: I was not sorry when my brother died. Nor am I apologizing for my callousness, as you may define it, my lack of feeling. For it is not that at […]

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How Lagos Moves Around You | by Dare Dan | Travelogue

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There are little less than a dozen means through which Lagosians move themselves around the city—from hanging on a locomotive train to lounging in the back seat of an Uber. While some means are peculiar to specific areas of the city, an average Lagosian traveler uses the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system. These are China […]

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Love’s Death Call | by Naana Antwi-Larbi | African Fiction

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Her messages usually came at 9:00 a.m., 4:00 p.m. and then after 9:00 p.m. Every day without fail. I wondered what job she did, why she chose those hours. What arrangement they had. Tuesday, August 14th, 4:00 p.m.: Miss your fingers. I can almost still feel them inside me. Can’t wait to see you this […]

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Nwangene | By Nzube Ifechukwu | Non-Fiction | Enter Naija: The Book of Places

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“In the leaden light of dusk, the white of the egrets glide through the slate-grey of the sky, away from the creek, their spread wings steady in the air.”   On October 2, we published Enter Naija: The Book of Places, an anthology of writing–non-fiction, poetry, memoir, fiction, commentary–photography and digital art about places in […]

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New City | By Arinze Ifeakandu | Non-Fiction| Enter Naija: The Book of Places

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“The sky in Sabon Gari is blue and high, like all of Kano’s skies. It is beautiful so long as your eyes remain on the heavens. Everything else strives.”   On October 2, we published Enter Naija: The Book of Places, an anthology of writing–non-fiction, poetry, memoir, fiction, commentary–photography and digital art about places in […]

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Birth Control | By Linda Yohannes | An African Story

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NATURE WAS largely untouched in Hamusit—a large village in remote northern Ethiopia. It was thatch-roofed huts that sparsely dotted the open land. Technology or modern life was absent, in a way that made the people seem vulnerable, in a good way, and made the visitor from the city feel an instinctual envy. Adanech was walking […]

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We Go Love | By Adesewa Adesina | African Poetry

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YOU broke my CD yesterday Brymo’s raspy voice spilled out lamenting about merchants, wicked dealers and slaves it was an accident I put too much pepper that night You ate, sweated and cried drinking two bottles of chilled water I cannot measure well You forget your phone a lot more these days and I see […]

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Upon Waking | By Kirby Mania | Poetry

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In the morning I write you love letters, Letters that tell how I dream of you Pen to paper prolonging these sweet invented singular memories. By afternoon the pages sweat with risk of the plural Apostrophes implicating and vowels incriminated against consonants fearing circulation In the evening reduced They are all but one dimensional folly Attempts, callow […]

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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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Adichie Revisits the Single Story in New Animated Interview with The Atlantic

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Chimamanda Adichie stole our hearts with “The Danger of a Single Story.” Purple Hibiscus and Half of a Yellow Sun had been […]

Monsieur Pierre | By Bura-Bari Nwilo | A Story

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“Whenever she gets the urge to forego Roy, she also gets a small dose of mischief, to lie with him […]

The Final Portrait of A Dead Artist | By Romeo Oriogun | Poetry

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“…the smell of turpentine fills the air as he paints the sea into a man.”   I hear it from […]

Memoirs of a Lagos Wedding Planner | Episode 6: When In-Laws Misbehave | by Tolulope Popoola

This wedding was turning out to be more work than I had envisaged. After the first two meetings with the […]

You Should Be a Gift | By Ife Olujuyigbe | A Story

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“I know you know I need you to save face, and you need me to pander to your whims.” *** […]

The Gift-Bearers | By Leke David Omowaiye | A Story

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“Don’t you think you should pick that tomato and apologise?” “For weytin now? E reach five Naira? Abeg! Abeg! Abeg!” […]