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Schoolyard Cannibal | By Nana Nkweti | Prose-Poem

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Youth makes you too apt a pupil of coarse lessons it will take decades to unlearn. Your headmistress a family television—ancient, venerable—cased in oak heavy and vast as the Encyclopedia Britannica, entire. Poor, poor pickaninny, pick a program. Poison. Drink in definitions as you sit transfixed on grainy carpet, chin on the kickstand of your […]

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Departure | Three Poems by Romeo Oriogun

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i was born with a graveyard. – Safia Elhillo. Departure i do know about the hate that sinks a name & turns water into homes eating boys & i cannot speak because my mouth is a grave my father’s ghost roasted a boy found in the hands of another boy & his ashes look like […]

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A Letter of Secrets | By Nwanne Agwu | Fiction

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On the streets of Lagos, a boy searches for himself in mirrors. — Romeo Oriogun. Saturday, 01 April, 2017 Dear Nkali,   I still don’t know why I’ve always not wanted to, not felt like telling you this. And as I look at the wall before me, I see that I have forgotten much of […]

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Wind | By Ayoola Goodness | Poetry

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because of you i have learnt how to make rainbows with my eyes. my eyes tossing the sun. but they do not last. the sun burns my eyes. i hear your name in the wind. i want to pick it. i pick your name. like magic. cold. it slips through the spaces between my fingers. […]

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Roses and War | By Jonathan Otamere Endurance | Poetry

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Prayers are symphonies of lamentation That begin from my mother’s lips, Like a bird beginning a day’s death, With a humming song of woes. She says she fears for the devils Whose tongues carry the blood Of homeless lads on their lips, Like an eagle clawing a chick. Every sound her palms clasp Carry the […]

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Fear Woman | By Immanuel James Ibe-Anyanwu | Fiction

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  Irritated by our presence, the guard swatted us off the entrance gate with his baton, his face ugly with anger. A certain canteen beside the black gate, Makeshift, first gave us accommodation before its owner evicted us. Mama-Put, behind five large coolers placed on a table, stood dishing out nutrition: white spaghetti, whiter rice, […]

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Lantern Heads | By Wanjala Njalale | Poetry

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The sea bent to a certain wind. The fishermen said there were souls Buried beneath the water, Sobbing and stretching out their hands to murder. There was a way around all these. Music soothed them. It bought time. The fishermen offered sacrifices; Sometimes human sacrifices To keep the sea gods calm: A bunch of mad […]

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Memories Mama Made | By Azu-Ume Emmanuel | Poetry

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Mama says memories are wrappers – She ties them. She said memories are babies – She’s had them. I was her fourth ‘memory’ – The one that came to her under the Niger bridge, When a car with three men skidded off the rails And the drowning men she came to rescue Found her body […]

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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 […]