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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 is truly delightful news. Last December, she was shortlisted alongside Brit Bennett’s The Mothers, Emma Cline’s The Girls, Nicole Dennis-Benn’s Here Comes the Sun, Nathan Hill’s The Nix, and Max Porter’s Grief Is the Thing […]

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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 Kimutai, Saddiq M. Dzukogi, Arinze Ifeakandu, M.V. Sematlane, Otosirieze Obi-Young—to pen thank-you notes to a man who, in being a fearless pioneer, has made considerable impact on the African literary and cultural scene. ***   […]

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Watch Actress Ruth Negga Read an Excerpt of Zadie Smith’s Swing Time

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Ethiopian and Irish actress Ruth Negga reads from Zadie Smith’s Swing Time. Ruth Negga was nominated for the Golden Globes for her role in Loving, an American movie about interracial marriage. Smith’s novel explores status and class and the way these distinctions shift between Africa and the Western world; a shift to which Negga herself […]

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Opportunity for African Writers | Submit to Dwartonline’s Issue No. 3

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Dwartonline is a literary magazine managed by Wale Ayinla and Chukwuebuka Ibeh. They recently announced a call for submissions to Issue Number 3, which will be published in April. Submissions are open for poetry, fiction, non-fiction, drama, art and photography. The theme for Issue Number 3 is “Uprooting,” which the editors explains as follows: We are looking for […]

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Nigerian Novelist Obinna Udenwe and Nwamaka Okpo’s Beautiful Wedding Celebration

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Congrats to Nigerian novelist Obinna Udenwe! He recently tied the knot with the love of his life, Nwamaka Okpo, an accountant based in Abakaliki. A series of ceremonies marked the joyous occasion. The traditional marriage ceremony followed the Izzi traditional marriage rites and took place on the 23rd of November 2016 at the Okpo residence. […]

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Opportunity for African Writers | Apply to the Goethe-Bakwa-Saraba Literary Exchange Project

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Writers in Lagos and Yaounde have a chance to take part in a new literary initiative. The Goethe-Institute is teaming up with Lagos-based Saraba Magazine and Bakwa Magazine in Yaounde to create a literary exchange project. Writers in both cities get to attend workshops on creative non-fiction run by these two amazing literary magazines. We love the […]

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Rwanda’s Huza Press Prize for Fiction Releases Longlist

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The longlist for Rwanda’s 2016 Huza Press Prize for Fiction is out, and there are twenty writers on it. The short stories features are written in both English and French. The US$1,000 Huza Press Prize, described by James Murua as “Rwanda’s most prestigious,” is in its second year and has on its roll call of […]

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The NWA Lists Their 100 Most Influential Nigerian Writers Under 40

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The organization behind the Nigerian Writers’ Awards (NWA) has published a list of “The 100 Most Influential Nigerian Writers Under 40.” There are the expected names: Chimamanda Adichie, Chinelo Okparanta, Uzodinma Iweala, Abubakar Adam Ibrahim, Elnathan John, Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani, Rotimi Babatunde, Tolu Ogunlesi, Dike Chukwumerije, Brittle Paper editor Ainehi Edoro who was also included in […]

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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 […]