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

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  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 […]

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14 Americanah Quotes on Love, Life and Relationships

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Ifemelu, the protagonist of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Americanah, is certainly a favorite among lovers of contemporary African literature. In the course of the novel, Ifemelu has three love interests: Obinze, her high school sweetheart and first love; Curt, a wealthy, leisurely White-American that she meets through her babysitting job; and Blaine, a Black-American  academic that […]

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#Valentine2017 | 6 African Novels About Heartbreak | by Zahrah Nesbitt-Ahmed

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… because it’s not always about roses and sunshine, here’s a reading list this Valentine’s. Call it a reminder that with love, often also comes heartbreak. Thankfully, in African literature this heartbreak leads to some of the most beautiful texts. In their own way, these texts celebrate true love by showing us the risks and complications of […]

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Review of Isaac Newton Akah’s Living in ‘Gidi | by Ikhide Ikheloa

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If you go to Amazon and search for Living in ‘Gidi by Isaac Newton Akah, a slim e-book less than eighty pages in length will impishly raise her hand and ask to be taken home. Buy it and enjoy a brisk read, an entertaining and playfully eclectic piece on Lagos, well, mostly Mainland Lagos. For […]

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11 Teeny Weeny African Books to Read on the Go

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Lengthy novels are great for a rainy weekend when all you want is to curl up in bed and lose yourself in an endless heap of pages. But the fear of committing to a 500-page novel can be a little intimidating for some readers. That’s why little, purse-size books are great. They are particularly great for […]

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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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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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Adichie Revisits the Single Story in New Animated Interview with The Atlantic

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Chimamanda Adichie stole our hearts with “The Danger of a Single Story.” Purple Hibiscus and Half of a Yellow Sun had been […]

Monsieur Pierre | By Bura-Bari Nwilo | A Story

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“Whenever she gets the urge to forego Roy, she also gets a small dose of mischief, to lie with him […]

The Final Portrait of A Dead Artist | By Romeo Oriogun | Poetry

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“…the smell of turpentine fills the air as he paints the sea into a man.”   I hear it from […]

Memoirs of a Lagos Wedding Planner | Episode 6: When In-Laws Misbehave | by Tolulope Popoola

This wedding was turning out to be more work than I had envisaged. After the first two meetings with the […]

You Should Be a Gift | By Ife Olujuyigbe | A Story

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“I know you know I need you to save face, and you need me to pander to your whims.” *** […]

The Gift-Bearers | By Leke David Omowaiye | A Story

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“Don’t you think you should pick that tomato and apologise?” “For weytin now? E reach five Naira? Abeg! Abeg! Abeg!” […]