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Yemisi Aribisala’s John Avery Award Win Puts African Food Writing on World Map

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Late last year, we announced that Yemisi Aribisala’s Longthroat Memoirs had been shortlisted for an Andre Simon Food and Drink Book Award. Well, we are delighted to announce that Aribisala took home the John Avery Award, making her the first African to win the award. This win also puts Aribisala in the company of culinary celebrities like Jamie […]

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The Political Lyricality of Namwali Serpell’s New Short Story

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In January, on Facebook, 2015 Caine Prize-winner Namwali Serpell announced a new short story titled “Triptych: Texas Pool Party.” Published in Triple Canopy, it narrates the 2015 McKinney, Texas pool party incident in which a police man tackles and restrains a 15-year-old black girl. What draws us to this story is how, while being political fiction at its […]

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Imbolo Mbue’s Afro Gets Its Very Own Essay in The Guardian

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Imbolo Mbue instantly won our hearts a few years ago when news broke that she’d signed a million-dollar book deal with Random House. However, months after the news about her book deal, there were no photographs of Mbue anywhere on the internet. Then one fine day, the Wall Street Journal did a feature on her, […]

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Interview | Michael Kelleher, Director of the Windham-Campbell Prize, Talks Diversity and Literary Prizes

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Michael Kelleher is the director of the Windham Campbell Prize, an annual prize awarded in recognition of a writer’s “extraordinary body of work.” Since its inception, the award, which comes with a $165,000 cash prize, has made good on its mission to embrace the diversity of the global literary community. In 2015, all three winners […]

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Christiana Mbakwe’s 34 Notes on Feminism

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We have Ikhide Ikheloa to thank for introducing us to Christiana Mbakwe, who he very aptly referred to as “Achebe’s Obierika in pumps.” A few weeks ago, she shared a series of tweets, in which she raised tough questions about feminism through the lens of a personal history that begins with her grand-mother. These 34 tweets amount […]

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“Thank You for Your Courage” | African Writers Pay Tribute to Buchi Emecheta

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On January 26, Nigerian author Buchi Emecheta passed away at the age of 72. [read here if you missed it.] Fellow authors took to social media to celebrate her life and the significance of her work. Chimamanda Adichie: Buchi Emecheta. We are able to speak because you first spoke. Thank you for your courage. Thank […]

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PHOTOS | Chimamanda Adichie Marched Alongside Thousands in Washington, D.C.

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On January 21st, hundreds of thousands of women gathered in various cities in the US and around the world to march in support of women’s rights. The march in Washington, D.C, which kickstarted the movement drew an enormous crowd.  Chimamanda Adichie, a feminist icon of note, was there to lend her support. She shared photos […]

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EVENT | African Writers Festival at Brown University | February 15

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Brown University is hosting an African Writers Festival in about two weeks. The event is titled “The New Global Africa: Confrontations and Connections” and explores the ways in which African writers are redefining what it means to be a public intellectual. Award winning Nigerian author Chika Unigwe, who is also professor at Brown University, is […]

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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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Dear Genevieve | Words are Powerful, Speak the Truth, Even if Your Voice Shakes (pt. 6) | by Pa Ikhide

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Binyavanga Wainaina’s Granta Essay is Beautifully Experimental

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Binyavanga Wainaina has a new essay in Granta‘s latest travel issue. The title of the essay is “Everything Was Suddening […]

Art Chasing Life Blatantly | Review of Chibundu Onuzo’s Welcome to Lagos | by Kola Tubosun

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For almost two-thirds of Chibundu Onuzo’s new book, one searches in vain to find the source of the title, Welcome […]

Namwali Serpell on the Beauty and Uses of Being an Outsider

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Some of you may remember Namwali Serpell as the 2015 winner of the Caine Prize for African Writing. She teaches […]

A Shared Sea: Tsitsi Dangarembga and Zora Neale Hurston | By Salimah Valiani

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  Tsitsi Dangarembga’s 1988 novel, Nervous Conditions, the story of Tambudzai, other girl-children, and women of Babamukuru’s family in 1970s […]

Love Stories from Africa | Read the New Anthology Celebrating Love and Romance

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  The annual release of a Valentine stories anthology has become a tradition of sorts, something exciting to look forward […]