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Opportunity for Nigerian Football Fans | Enter for Goal.com’s #WritingGamesNG

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The Nigerian edition of football’s leading Website, Goal.com Nigeria, is currently accepting essay submissions for its #WritingGamesNG competition. Organised in partnership with the University of Sussex, the aim of #WritingGamesNG is “to engage Nigerians on how to improve football in the country.” The competition has two categories: Category 1 for final year undergraduates and National Youth […]

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Opportunity for Literary Activists | Apply for The Other Foundation Grant

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The Other Foundation has called for applications for grants from “any individual or organization in thirteen eligible southern African countries, for work that addresses discrimination against lesbian women or transgender people.” The Other Foundation is a South Africa-based trust “that supports those who are working to protect and advance the rights, wellbeing and social inclusion […]

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The 2017 Sol Plaatje European Union Poetry Award Longlist

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The Sol Plaatje European Union Poetry Award, a South African prize, has announced its 2017 longlist, and it comprises 63 poets. The award is an initiative of The Jacana Literary Foundation (JLF) and the longlisted poets will be published in the 7th annual Sol Plaatje European Union Poetry Anthology. It received entries “in a range of South […]

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The 2017 Ake Arts and Book Festival Is Almost Here

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The 2017 Ake Arts and Book Festival is here. Founded in 2013 by Lola Shoneyin, Orange Prize-longlisted author of The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives and director of Book Buzz Foundation, the Ake Arts and Book Festival is, quite simply, the biggest annual gathering of African literary writers, founders, editors, critics, readers, everybody on […]

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14: Statement from the Nigerian LGBTQ Literary Collective

Back in January, we published We Are Flowers, the debut anthology of writing and visual art by the Nigerian LGBTQ literary collective, 14, which took its name from the 14-year jail term prescribed by the country’s anti-gay law. The project was met with astounding reception. An essay from the anthology was shortlisted for the Brittle […]

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Ayobami Adebayo on Handling Fame After a Hit Debut Novel

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Debut novelist Ayobami Adebayo was recently interviewed by Patrick Henry Bass for The Paris Review. Before that, she was featured on Vogue.com. Before that, her novel was reviewed by New York Times royalty Michiko Kakutani. Before that, her novel was shortlisted for the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction. Ayobami is officially famous thanks to Stay With Me, […]

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Jennifer Makumbi Talks Homosexuality, Idi Amin and Islam in Uganda, and Why Feminism Is Still Incomplete

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Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi recently had a banging interview with The Los Angeles Review of Books. Her novel Kintu, which won the Kwani? Manuscript Project Award in 2014 and was longlisted for the 2016 Etisalat Prize, has drawn praise. Publishers Weekly called it “A masterpiece of cultural memory…elegantly poised on the crossroads of tradition and modernity.” Library Journal describes it as “Reminiscent […]

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How Can Diana Die? | Molara Wood Tweets About Princess Diana’s Death

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On August 31, 1997 Princess Diana died in a car crash in Paris. Her life, as much as her death, was a global phenomenon. The ten-year anniversary of her death took place a few days ago. Social media was flooded with goodwill messages. People recalled where they were when they first heard the news of […]

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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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Lesley Nneka Arimah Picked for the US National Book Foundation’s “5 Under 35” List

Lesley Nneka Arimah has been picked for the US National Book Foundation’s “5 Under 35” list of 2017, on the […]

The Photographer as an Osprey | John “Lighthouse” Oyewale | Essay

On 30 June, we published Work Naija: The Book of Vocations, an anthology of writing and visual art that explores the […]

Zukiswa Wanner Calls Out Misogyny in South Africa, Kenya and Zimbabwe, Takes on Politicians and the Media

Zukiswa Wanner has called out misogyny in South Africa, Kenya and Zimbabwe, taking on politicians and the media in the […]

Dinaw Mengestu and Nadifa Mohamed Have New Work in Freeman’s Magazine

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Dinaw Mengestu and Nadifa Mohammed both have new fiction forthcoming in the new fourth issue of Freeman’s magazine. Titled “The Future […]

The Brittle Paper Literary Awards: New Date for the Announcement of Winners

The announcement of the winners of the inaugural Brittle Paper Literary Awards was scheduled for 23 September 2017. However, a change […]

The Reviews Are In! | Namwali Serpell Has High Praise for Jennifer Makumbi’s Kintu

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Jennifer Makumbi’s Kintu is one of the hit novels of 2017. A historical drama, it tells the story of an 18th […]