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Strange Horizons Launches 100 African Writers of SFF Series

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The magazine of speculative fiction called Strange Horizons has debuted a brand new series, titled “100 African Writers of SFF.” The project, which is expected to run through 2017 and 2018, is executed by Geoff Ryman, two-time winner, British Science Fiction Association Award. It features interviews with African writers of science fiction and fantasy. Each […]

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Uzodinma Iweala Teases a New Novel About Police Brutality in America

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Uzodinma Iweala is working on a new novel. It’s been a 12-year wait since Beasts of No Nation debuted in 2005, so his fans must be thrilled. While information about the plot has not been revealed, we do have a sense of some of the novel’s key themes. Iweala, who is featured on the cover […]

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Adichie’s Fans are Warming Our Hearts with these Dear Ijeawele Tributes

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In the spirit of the International Women’s Day Celebration, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie asked her fans, through her Facebook page, to post pictures of themselves holding placards containing captions from her new book, “Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestion.” The response was mind-blowing. The diversity of the people who responded testifies to the unifying […]

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Helen Oyeyemi, Angela Ajayi and Grace Oluseyi Win 2017 PEN America Awards

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Some of the winners of the 2017 PEN America awards have been announced and, to our delight, they include Helen Oyeyemi, Angela Ajayi and Grace Oluseyi. Helen Oyeyemi’s collection of stories, What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours, won the $5,000 PEN Open Book Award, given “for an exceptional book-length work of literature by an […]

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Yewande Omotoso and Ayobami Adebayo Longlisted for 2017 Baileys Women’s Prize

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The 2017 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction longlist has been released, and we are thrilled that Yewande Omotoso and Ayobami Adebayo are on it. Omotoso is there for her third novel, The Woman Next Door, while Adebayo’s Stay with Me ensures that she is one of only three debut novelists selected. The Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction, formerly known as […]

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“I died but I am not dead” | Funmi Iyanda’s Tribute to Her Mother is Heartbreaking and Beautiful

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It is women’s history month, and the beauty and magic of mother-daughter relationships is on our minds. A few days ago, Nigerian media personality Funmi Iyanda posted a heartbreakingly beautiful piece on her mother who she hasn’t seen for the past few decades. The essay is built around the uncertainties surrounding her mother’s absence in […]

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Nigerian-American Trans Writer Responds to Adichie’s Comments on Trans Women

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On Friday, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie went on Channel 4 News to discuss her new book, Dear Ijeawele, Or A Feminist Manifesto In Fifteen Suggestions. During the interview, Adichie made one of her most controversial remarks to date. So when people talk about, you know, “Are trans women women?” my feeling is trans women are trans […]

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Read Adichie’s Apology Following Accusations of Being Trans-phobic

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Chimamanda Adichie has been under fire for statements she made about trans-women during an interview with UK’s Channel 4TV. Here is a snippet of what she said: If you’ve lived in the world as a man with the privileges the world accords to men, and then sort of changed, switched gender, it’s difficult for me […]

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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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Joe Okonkwo’s Jazz Moon Is a Finalist for the 2017 LAMBDA Literary Awards

When Joe Okonkwo’s debut novel, Jazz Moon, came out last year, we covered it in an interview. Now, we are excited […]

Nigerian Author Tolulope Popoola Is Featured in Lancôme Beauty Campaign

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Some of you may know Popoola as the author of Brittle Paper’s wedding story series titled Memoirs of a Lagos […]

Namwali Serpell’s The New Yorker Essay Reveals the Satire in Zambia’s “Afronaut” Legend

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Last week, The New Yorker published a heavily-researched essay by Namwali Serpell in its Culture Desk section. Titled “The Zambian […]

Being Black | By Hanna Ali | Poetry

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  Part 1 My skin takes three sessions on the sunbed to achieve It’s hard to perfect the darkness surrounding […]

Oh! Rape | By Saloko Blessing | Poetry

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you ripped off her innocence, made her recoil into a shell of shame and pain, made her throw away the […]

Call For Submission | Anthology of Queer Nigerian Art Vol. 2

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Following the success of We Are Flowers, the Nigeria-based creative collective called 14 is planning a new edition. Like the debut […]