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Review of Bura-Bari Nwilo’s A Tiny Place Called Happiness | By Ebenezer Agu

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“A Tiny Place Called Happiness is a collection with variety…. A Nigeria narrated with humor and zing.” *** Bura-Bari Nwilo is not new to the literary circle. He has two books, Diary of a Bloody Retard and Diary of a Stupid Boyfriend, and his stories have been published on Writivism and Brittle Paper. I was eager to […]

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Review | Literary Sudans: An Anthology of Literature From Sudan and South Sudan

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In bringing together writings from the Sudan and South Sudan—two warring nations—Literary Sudans challenges the mainstream notion that both countries have little else to offer beyond images of war, violence, and unending political unrest. In 2013, McSweeney’s published There is a Country, a collection of stories written by South Sudanese authors. The collection was the first of […]

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African Literary Digest: The 31 Best Pieces of 2016

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The year 2016 has been fertile for writing in general, and for creative non-fiction in particular. On the African literary scene, the most remarkable talking points would be the upsurge of new talent (see the shortlists of the Miles Morland Scholarship and the Gerald Kraak Award) and new outlets for those voices (see our feature […]

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Adichie, Selasi, Teju Cole, and Others Share their Favorite 2016 Books

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2016 is coming to an end and, as is their tradition, The Guardian UK has asked some of the globe’s top writers to pick their favorite books of the year. It is a rich and interesting list. Among those naming their favorites are Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie who picked Ngugi wa Thiong’o’s memoir Birth of  Dream Weaver, Taiye Selasi […]

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Review | Imbolo Mbue’s Behold the Dreamers Reinvents the Classic Immigrant Story

Behold the Dreamers is beautifully Achebean.

Imbolo Mbue opens Behold the Dreamers with a quote from Deuteronomy in which Moses speaks of a future arrival in “a good land” abundant with food and wealth. Mbue places this archetypal story of migration at the heart of her novel so that she could reinvent the way we tell stories of how people move […]

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The Best African Reads of August

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The year is zipping by so fast and with all the crazy things happening in the world it’s hard to find a moment’s peace. We’ve hand-picked six books to help you block out all the noise in the glorious month of August. So whenever you can this month, steal a moment or two from your […]

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The Magic of Childhood Captured in Six African Novels

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Childhood is a stage in life that captivates us all, in part, because it is so elusive. Once we come of age, the experience of being a child—the innocence, bewilderment, and vulnerabilities—are immediately lost to an irrecoverable past. That’s why stories about children trying to make sense of a perplexing world have always been so powerful. […]

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BP Book Feature | Zainab Omaki’s Side Babies Explores Modern African Love

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Zainab Omaki’s Side Babies: Contemporary Women In Africa is a collection of short stories exploring the lives of women. The debut collection comes as a recent addition to the fast growing catalogue of UK-based publishing house Bahati Books. The modern African woman takes center stage in all seven stories inspired by the realities of being female in a place […]

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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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Yaa Gyasi’s Homegoing Wins the National Book Critics Circle’s John Leonard Prize

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Yaa Gyasi’s Homegoing has been awarded the National Book Critics Circle’s John Leonard Prize for the best debut novel. This […]

Memoirs of a Lagos Wedding Planner | Episode 1: The Almost Wedding | by Tolulope Popoola

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My client and I had been planning this wedding for months. It was going to be a big affair, attended […]

Perfumes | by Mimi Adebayo | African Fiction

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“I married my husband, Tolu, because he understood, to an extent, the sanctity of scents.”   *** THESE DAYS, I […]

Mama Junior | by Uzoamaka Doris Aniunoh | African Fiction

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“‘You see this front seat?’ she asked, pointing at the car. ‘That front seat belongs to my first son Junior. […]

Mama Hadiza’s Money | by Dare Dan | African Fiction

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SOONER OR LATER in life—at one’s very last breath perhaps—something welcomes one to the world again; its strangeness; its shock; […]

Happy Birthday Binyavanga! | Six Writers on Binyavanga as Friend, Mentor, and Teacher

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Inspired by Lara Abiona’s beautiful birthday tribute to Binyavanga Wainaina here on Brittle Paper, we asked six writers—Linda Musita, Kiprop […]