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Dear Tete Petina: “I Am One of Those People Who Once Really Wanted To Win the Caine Prize”

Last week, we debuted an advice column for writers, titled Tete Petina. The column is written by novelist Petina Gappah. Gappah kicked off the column with a deeply personal and heartfelt advice on how to handle the disappointment of not being shortlisted for the Caine Prize. [If you haven’t read it, stop whatever you are […]

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Jowhor Ile is the First Nigerian to Win the Etisalat Prize for Literature

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Jowhor Ile has been awarded the 2016 Etisalat Prize for Literature for his debut novel And After Many Days, making him the first Nigerian to take the prize in its four years. The event was held an hour ago in Lagos. The $15,000 Etisalat Prize for Literature is awarded to the best debut book of […]

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EVENT: Brittle Paper Editor Ainehi Edoro Presents Lecture on African Literature in Oslo | May 24

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What if African writers are read independent of their origin? What if they are read as though with a different identity? What if Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart is read not as the story of an Igbo man in a society succumbing to colonialism but as that of a Frenchman adjusting to German occupation in […]

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The Alan Paton Award for Nonfiction Shortlist Unveiled

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Five books have been named on the shortlist for the Alan Paton Award for non-fiction. They are: Sean Christie’s Under Nelson Mandela Boulevard: Life Among the Stowaways; Christa Kuljian’s Darwin’s Hunch: Science, Race, and the Search for Human Origins; Greg Marinovich’s Murder at Small Koppie: The Real Story of the Marikana Massacre; Dikgang Moseneke’s My Own Liberator: A Memoir; and Steven Robins’ Letters […]

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Zakes Mda, Yewande Omotoso, Kopano Matlwa Lead the Barry Ronge Prize for Fiction Shortlist

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Five books have been named on the shortlist for the Barry Ronge Fiction Prize. They are: Bronwyn Law-Viljoen’s The Printmaker; Kopano Matlwa’s Period Pain; Zakes Mda’s Little Suns; Yewande Omotoso’s Baileys Prize-longlisted The Woman Next Door; and Mark Winkler’s The Safest Place You Know.  The Barry Ronge Fiction Prize is awarded as part of the Sunday Times Literary Awards, in association with Porcupine Ridge. Its twin […]

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#CainePrize2017 | Review of Arinze Ifeakandu’s God’s Children Are Little Broken Things | By Kelechi Njoku

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As you probably already know, the Caine Prize for African Writing shortlist is out. It’s created quite a lot of buzz and excitement in the last few days. While we are still celebrating with the shortlistees, we also think it’s time to get serious and talk about these stories. Are they any good? What is […]

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Chimamanda Adichie’s New Instagram Account is a Must-Follow

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It looks like the Nigerian fashion and literary communities finally have something to celebrate in common. Chimamanda Adichie is now on Instagram. Yes, you heard right. One of Africa’s foremost novelists is now Instagram official! And her account is 100 percent about fashion and style. Adichie made the announcement on May 8 in a Facebook post. […]

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Here’s the Full Transcript of Funmi Iyanda’s “Why are Yoruba Men Demons?”

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In a recent episode in her new vlog series Ask Funmi, Nigerian TV icon Funmi Iyanda takes up the endlessly fascinating question of the Yoruba Demon. What is a Yoruba Demon? “The idea,” she explains, “is that Yoruba men are usually so suave, so urbane, and they’ll dress so swagalicious…but they will sleep with anything. They will […]

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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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“The Great Ugandan Novel” | Aaron Bady Hails Jennifer Makumbi’s Kintu

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Since its 2014 publication, Jennifer Makumbi’s Kintu has raced its way to hit status. Divided into six parts, the novel “reimagines […]

Judges Unveiled for the Black Letter Media Short Story Competition

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Black Letter Media has released the three-person list of judges for the 2017 edition of its short story competition. The judges […]

A Mosaic of Torn Places | Read the New Diverse Anthology of Young Nigerian Writers

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A Mosaic of Torn Places, the latest anthology of young writers out of Nigeria, collects ten stories of poignant diversity. […]

A Narrative of Home and Longing | Review of Inua Ellams’ #Afterhours | By Billie McTernan

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In his new anthology-cum-diary-cum-memoir, #Afterhours, Nigerian poet Inua Ellams features a collection of poems written in-response to a well-considered selection […]

The New Things Fall Apart Cover is the Best Thing You’ll See Today

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Things Fall Apart will be 60 next year. And Penguin USA is pulling all the stops to put together a […]

Akwaeke Emezi Awarded the 2017 Commonwealth Short Story Prize for Africa Region

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Akwaeke Emezi has been awarded the 2017 Commonwealth Short Story Prize (Africa Region) for her entry, “Who Is Like God?” […]