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7 Things I Love About This Book | Season of Crimson Blossoms | by Habiba Malumfashi

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  ONE I love that this book had me hooked, from the first line of the first chapter. I love how subtle references to deeper events, unexplained, put me in a frenzy roller coaster, making me want to jump into this dark well, where the past of Hajiya Binta lay buried—to find out the inner […]

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Half of a Yellow Sun: A Decade on | by Otosirieze Obi-Young | An Essay

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  It was still 2003, September, and Purple Hibiscus had not even come out. She had just won another prize for what is, perhaps, her greatest ever short story. But her victory’s highlight, in retrospect, was not her winning but what happened after she won. Writing in The ScoopNG, James Eze recounts what Obi Iwuanyanwu, […]

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The River and Femininity in Nigerian Literature | Review of Adeniyi’s On the Bank of the River | By Emilia J. Bryce

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In On the Bank of the River, Ifeoluwapo Adeniyi uses the experience of childhood to articulate important ideas about parenting, girl-child education, rural-urban encounters, and intergenerational tensions in Nigeria. The protagonist of the novel, Enitan, realizes that the constant sorrow that has become her mother’s personality is a product of a failed love affair, which […]

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#CainePrize2016 | Review of Abdul Adan’s The Lifebloom Gift | by F.T. Kola

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The LifeBloom Gift is delightful. That was the word that stayed with me after I finished the story, and that is the feeling that powers its 11 pages: moments of actual delight, caused by the story’s sweet absurdity, its utter strangeness, and the intimate and convincing voice of the narrator—an unnamed TSA agent about whom we […]

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#CainePrize2016 | Review of Bongani Kona’s At Your Requiem | by Aaron Bady

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I’ve started to get really annoyed by false suspense in novels. I won’t tell you which novel provoked the feeling, because it’s not that particular writer’s fault that so many writers seem to confuse withholding with plot development. But I announce to you now that I have become annoyed with novels that drag you across […]

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#CainePrize2016 | What It Means to Read Lesley Nneka Arimah | by Oris Aigbokhaevbolo

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I African writers write to the west is both a popular complaint and the reality of the continent’s literature. And so far, the African writer, whoever she may be, has reacted rather predictably. First, carp, carp, carp. Second, submit to a foreign publication or enter for a western prize. This may be hypocrisy in most […]

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#CainePrize2016 | Review of Tope Folarin’s Genesis | By Kola Tubosun

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There are many threads in Tope Folarin’s Caine Prize-shortlisted story “Genesis,” each of them tying the story together in some way or the other. It is a sad and moving story. Like “Miracle,” his Caine-Prize winning entry from 2013, this new story has elements of faith and disbelief, strands about family and loss, and a strong […]

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#CainePrize2016 | Ikhide Ikheloa Reviews Lidudumalingani’s Memories We Lost

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Hey Brittlers! Welcome to our 2016 Caine Prize Blog-a-thon. In the next two weeks, we will post reviews of the five stories shortlisted for the 17th edition of the Caine Prize for African Writing. In just about a month, one of the five lucky shortlistees will take home the £10,000 prize. In the meantime, can we all talk […]

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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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