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15 Shocking/Memorable African Literature Moments in 2016

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In the African literary scene, 2016 was a mix of scandals and triumphs. Lots of surprises, lots of happy moments, and a handful of shocking incidents. In the list below, we take you down memory lane to the bold, beautiful, and WTF moments in the African corner of the global literary community. The list was compiled […]

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A Birthday Tribute: Binyavanga Wainaina

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In just two days, on the 18th, we will celebrate the birthday of one of the most beloved gems of contemporary African literature: Kenyan author Binyavanga Wainaina. In celebration of his 46th birthday, we reflect on Wainaina’s iconic legacy. For almost 15 years, we have had the pleasure of witnessing Wainaina’s valuable contributions to literature […]

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Opportunity for African Writers | Asymptote Journal’s Translation Contest

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Asymptote Journal runs an annual translation contest called Close Approximations. The 1000-dollar prize goes to the best fiction or poetry translation. The prize is international and open to anyone in any part of the world. The contest was established 3 years ago to provide a platform for emerging translators. Asymptote Journal is a literary platform for […]

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Google Celebrates Flora Nwapa with a “This Day in History” Doodle

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Today is Flora Nwapa‘s birthday and Google celebrates it with one of its signature anniversary doodle. Flora Nwapa is Nigeria’s first female novelist. She was a close friend of Chinua Achebe who gave her her big break as a writer. Read the inspiring story here. Her most popular work is a Efuru, a dark, quirky […]

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Is Social Media Eroding the Influence of Soyinka’s Generation?

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A few weeks ago, we posted a story about the mob of Nigerian online trolls who came after Soyinka because of statements he made regarding the US election. [read here if you missed it] The air has now cleared a bit. Perhaps it’s time to reflect a bit on the significance of Soyinka coming to (figurative) […]

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Expound Magazine’s Highly-Anticipated “The Woman Issue” Is Out

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Last year, we did a feature on the ongoing beautiful work at Expound, and now, the magazine’s hotly anticipated 8th Issue, titled The Woman Issue, is out. Guest-edited by the indomitable Unoma Azuah, The Woman Issue features the work of prominent writers like Sefi Attah, Zukiswa Wanner, and Jumoke Verissimo. The issue also features the […]

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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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Ifemelu is Mesmerizing in Concept Trailer for Adichie’s Americanah

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In 2014, Lupita Nyongo acquired the film rights for Adichie’s Americanah. Not long after, Brad Pitt’s production company, in collaboration with Pot Boiler, signed up to produce the film. [read here if you missed it] It’s been over two years since all that transpired and no word about who will write and direct the film. In […]

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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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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 […]