Archive | Submission RSS feed for this section

You Sing of a Leaving | By JK Anowe | Poetry

10432239354_64fc65664e_k

we were together, i forget the rest. – Walt Whitman it wasn’t a metaphor when i said i’d give you the world to look at – a rapid of wry lying on the cold bedroom floor all meat & bones & deflation the horizon that welcomes all my ruinous loves when they say goodbye over […]

Read More 0 Comments

The Love Walk and One Other Story | By Uzoma Ihejirika | Flash Fiction

8522901355_dbf17e441b_k

THE LOVE WALK He likes to think this was the kind of love they shared, a love he is yet to find a name for: she telling him to follow her and he obeying and they walking a long distance and past electric poles and trees and bushes and he asking her where they are […]

Read More 5 Comments

Kadima! | By Benjamin Obu-Simpson | Poetry

Simpson kadima

We heard them say, “These things you seek are fantasies dashed against the wall of obvious reason, with each falling piece losing touch with its glue formed from doubts.” We heard them say, “Tomorrow’s light is a flickering spark Whose shooting rays will be absorbed into the thick layer of flowing care that will never […]

Read More 1 Comment

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

hurston and dangaremgba

  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 […]

Read More 2 Comments

How Lagos Moves Around You | by Dare Dan | Travelogue

lagos

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 […]

Read More 1 Comment

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

6428403181_cb966194c0_b-1-e1481574060355

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 […]

Read More 7 Comments

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

places

“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 […]

Read More 0 Comments

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

page0001

“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 […]

Read More 0 Comments

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.

Subscribe to Blog via Email

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Archives

Sarah Waiswa and Farah Ahamed Named Co-winners of the 2017 Gerald Kraak Award

sarah waiswa

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

image1

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

Kintu-event-image

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

black letter media

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

FB_IMG_1495627371547

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

ellams

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 […]