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Why I No Longer Use the Term Game for Bushmeat | by Chika Unigwe

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Nigerian novelist Chika Unigwe stirred up social media last week with a Facebook post that had everyone putting on their thinking caps and asking serious questions about how we tell our stories. The Facebook post is a thought-provoking reflection on the power in names. Unigwe uses the distinction between the standard English term for wild-caught […]

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A Friend, a Mentor, a Confidante | Read Professor Ato Quayson’s Tribute to the Late Literary Scholar Abiola Irele

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Nigerian literary scholar Abiola Irele passed away last month. He was 81 years old when he died and had led a life dedicated to the study of African literature. The flood of condolence messages and tributes on social media is a testament to the man’s greatness as scholar, a colleague and a mentor. Wole Soyinka, […]

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David Ishaya Osu Needs 1700 Dollars to Attend Brussels Poetry Festival

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Dear Brittlepaperians, help a young poet’s dream come true. David Ishaya Osu has the chance to participate in the 2017 Brussels Poetry Festival. He has an invitation but doesn’t have the cash to fund the trip. Click HERE to donate. To learn more about David, read the full text of his Indiegogo campaign. Hello, friends. […]

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Book Feature | Stanley Gazemba’s Forbidden Fruit is a Story of Lust and Betrayal

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Stanley Gazemba’s Forbidden Fruit is finally getting the global recognition it deserves. The novel was originally published in Nairobi under the title The Stone Hills of Maragoli and won the Jomo Kenyatta Prize for Literature. But a couple of months ago, The Mantle reissued the novel to a wider audience. The novel opens with a heart-thumping […]

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Opportunity for African Interviewers | Submit to Africa in Dialogue

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The interview magazine, Africa in Dialogue, has made a call for submissions for its first issue, which will be guest-edited by the novelist and Saraba co-founder Immanuel Iduma. The interviews could be with “poets, spoken words artists, short story writers, novelists, journalists, screenwriters, filmmakers, bloggers, songwriters, music composers, painters, visual artists, comic writers, illustrators and […]

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#ThrowBack | Professor Simon Gikandi on Postcolonial Literature

In 2006, Kenyan literary scholar Simon Gikandi sat for a conversation with the University of British Columbia’s David Jefferess. Published in Postcolonial Text, the conversation focused on postcolonial literature and its nuances. One of the most respected literary and postcolonial scholars globally, Professor Gikandi’s work focuses on the history of the novel with specialty in […]

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Brittle Paper Turns 7! Thank You!

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Brittle Paper is 7 years old today! Yeah, your favorite African literary site started out in 2010 as a personal blog but has since expanded into one of the most influential sites on everything African and literary. After 7 years, we are still here bringing you the best and the latest in African literature and […]

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Yes, A Gardener Can Become a Novelist: The Case of Stanley Gazemba

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Vegetables are generally underrated food items. They are not as fun and flavorful as other culinary favorites like meats and grains. And we sure wouldn’t peg them for being inspirational. But not so for Kenyan writer Gazemba. In a beautiful and detailed account of his journey to becoming a debut novelist, Gazemba reveals that the […]

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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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Akwaeke Emezi’s Guide to Becoming a Successful Writer in 35 Tweets

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Last week, Akwaeke Emezi put on her life coach cape and dished out truths that every writer, artist, dreamer, and […]

On Culture and Unbecoming Invisible | Interview with Yalie Kamara, 2017 Brunel Prize Finalist

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Weeks ago, we announced that Africa in Dialogue published an e-book of interviews with the ten poets shortlisted for the 2017 Brunel Poetry […]

Sillerman Prize Winners, Ladan Osman and Mahtem Shiferraw, Announced as 2018 Neustadt Prize Judges

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The 2018 Neustadt Prize judges have been announced, and among them, in a very happy coincidence, are the 2014 and […]

Hugging You Will Always Be an Awkward Thing | D. E. Benson | Poetry

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“hugging you will always be an awkward thing no, i have never feared receiving sacrament from the lips of other […]

2017 University of Johannesburg Prizes: Nthikeng Mohlele and Mohale Mashingo Announced Winners

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The 2017 University of Johannesburg Prizes have been awarded to Nthikeng Mohlele and Mohale Mashigo. Mohlele, who made the Africa39 […]

When Writers Talk Music: Vol. 1 | Teju Cole on Fela and WizKid, Imbolo Mbue on Soukous and Makossa

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Enough of books, let’s talk music. Or let’s read writers talking music. So what happens when writers talk music? Here […]