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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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Insomnia, Owls, Ramblings | Two Poems by Frank Eze

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Insomnia, Owls, Ramblings the weight of the street has broken my bones pulled all parts away fiercely from their joints like doors from hinges my skin reeks of grilled meat mixed with the flavour of phlegm that fell freely like raindrops on the streets it’s nighttime and i feel the weight of the world in […]

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He Was Delayed | By Miriam Jerotich | Fiction

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“…she was bored of working in a nursing home, taking care of the old who refused to die.” They first saw each other seven years ago, outside the US embassy in Gigiri, on one of those early Nairobi mornings when you were not quite sure whether it would rain or whether the sun would rise. […]

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The Lunatic | By Barnabas Ikeoluwa Adeleke | Poetry

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The sky has moved down To Ìlúpéjú, veiling houses, men, birds And beasts with milky clouds. The streets Are sparse with rushing feet. Few men Walk like Bartimeaus, taking uncertain Measured steps. Last night’s rain finds The sun slumbering. Perhaps it has risen But hides its face in the rain-filled Breasts of the Calypsos of […]

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A Place Near Bliss | By Chris Tilewa | Fiction

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“He’d watch the birds peck at their feathers and take flight, and the performance of sunlight on the trees outside, how it glided from east to west.” Muyiwa was the kind of man who could have all the kinds of women he wanted. He carried about him an amiable flux and charm, and over time, […]

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A Wilder Expression of Love | By Chinaecherem Michael Obor | Fiction

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We value love not because it’s stronger than death but because it’s weaker. —Jeffery Eugenides. YOU KNEW, in the half-second you saw Chisom standing at the university gates, that love does show up in dusty shades. She was throwing tentative glances about, apparently looking for someone. You wanted to call out her name, to raise […]

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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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Jennifer Makumbi’s Kintu is one of the hit novels of 2017. A historical drama, it tells the story of an 18th […]