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Beloved | By Tomi A. | Fiction

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“He was running through the fields like the breath of God, screaming and hollering and raising his hands to the sky.” On the twenty-fifth day of July, sometime around two a.m., in my dreamscapes, I came across a little boy on a grass field. I remember that field well; it was where I learned that […]

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Ala | By Precious Arinze | Poetry

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the truth of your history is learned by mouth: the Kano killings, the Asaba massacre, ethnic cleansing, books will pass off as a civil war all the hurried graves, the many unreturned, callous erasure of branches of family trees. what you know about where you come from is fading to the background of history’s amnesia […]

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The Things I Keep Remembering | By Adedayo Adeyemi Agarau | Poetry

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is that, we burn the world, from here, with our smell of smoke, like incenses cutting corners to find a room in the clouds. we make songs a little more than a collection of notes. sometimes, it is how we say a prayer for my brother & my mother & the names of the boys […]

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A Dark Corner | By Chris Tilewa | Fiction

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“In one of these corners, an easel leaning against the wall catches light, displaying a monochromatic sketch on a white square sheet. Ola leans in towards the illuminated easel, about to witness the rarest event of his entire life.” THE drapes billow at the window, letting in a gush of wind; quietly at first, and […]

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Weeping | By A. E. Nelson | Fiction

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“Neli and I opened another bottle of wine, and tried to make up a story for our new friends. Neli thought they were both divorced. I thought the man’s wife was dead.” I was in the checkout line at the pharmacy. There were two women in front of me. They were talking. The older woman […]

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Painting Soulless Kampala | By Samuel Kamugisha | Poetry

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Help me paint a picture of a soulless city in Africa’s sunrise whose sun its gloom has swallowed. Draw it as dark as darkness itself. Paint the walking shells of humans who have sold to the supermarket of souls their hearts. Paint them soulless, eating white aid meant for AIDS patients on deathbeds. paint them […]

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Holding Memories | By Wale Ayinla | Poetry

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i held your tongue thinking it would reveal how a sea runs into a boat where you lay on breasts this is how lovers’ days are measured break the silence that sits silently on nights the moon is a stranger walk your fears on the lips of shadows let them watch you sleeping on a […]

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Afrobeat Broke My Heart | By Kanyinsola Olorunnisola | Poetry

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Sometimes I wake up and my body tastes like rum; that is how you know I have gone looking for love again from women who do not know how to exist in daylight. That is not the point. Those mornings when my head hurts from a hangover and my splintered heart gathers itself back into […]

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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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Tomi Adeyemi’s Million Dollar Book and Movie Deal | All the Scoop + Publication Date

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Harvard graduate Tomi Adeyemi reportedly scored a million-dollar book + movie deal for her young adult trilogy. Her website confirms […]

The 2017 Babishai Haiku Award Shortlist

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Seventeen poets have been named on the 2017 Babishai Haiku Award shortlist. The award is an initiative of the Babishai-Niwe Poetry […]

The 2017 NLNG Prize for Literature Longlist

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The Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG) Prize has announced its 2017 longlist of eleven poets, and it includes such well […]

Nnedi Okorafor, Bibi Bakare-Yusuf Among TED Global 2017 Speakers

Nnedi Okorafor and Cassava Republic co-founder Bibi Bakare-Yusuf are among the speakers for the TED Global 2017 in Arusha, Tanzania. […]

Homecoming | By Dami Lare | A Mosaic of Torn Places

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In May, we published A Mosaic of Torn Places, an anthology of stories by young Nigerian writers. Dami Lare’s “Homecoming” […]

Opportunity for African Writers | Enter for the 2018 Costa Short Story Award

The 2018 Costa Short Story Award is open for submissions. Founded in 2012 and funded by Costa Coffee, the £3,500 award […]