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A Character in Achebe’s Novel I’d Love to Meet and Why

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I’ve always been uneasy about Unoka’s death. Unoka is the father of Okonkwo, the principal character in Achebe’s 1958 classic, Things Fall Apart. He is thought to be a lazy man because he loved making music instead of farming yams. He falls ill with a wasting disease. One day, he is taken out of his […]

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The Irreverent Critic: Interview with Ikhide Ikheloa

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It is inappropriate to judge African writing with the poverty porn that is hawked for profit by writers like Uwem Akpan and Chris Abani. — Ikhide Ikheloa Two weeks ago, I emailed Nigerian literary critic, Ikhide Ikheloa, a list of questions that covered everything from African publishing to sex in African novels. Read and enjoy his deeply reflective […]

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POW! WOW!: How Do You Imagine Africa?

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There’s been much talk about Everyday Africa, a Tumblr photo journal of Ivorians as they go about their ordinary everyday tasks. The photos in the collection are captivating even as they make the simple claim that Africa need not be thought of as exceptionally bad or good. Africa just is. When I think about it like […]

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Ranting of a Twitting Twat: Silly Habits of The Novel

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Novels take time to write and way more time to read. They take themselves seriously. If there is one thing they love more than telling stories it is teaching. Never mind that at different points in history, certain kinds of novels have come along and wailed, “Oh, teaching is for creeps. We do not teach. […]

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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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As Sales Approach the Million Mark, Is Americanah Now Adichie’s Signature Novel?

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A few days ago, Adichie’s third novel Americanah won New York City’s “One Book, One New York” initiative, which is […]

On Cultural Intersectionality and Familial Love | Interview with Angela Ajayi, Winner of the 2017 PEN/ Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize

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Two weeks ago, we announced that Angela Ajayi was one of the twelve writers who won the 2017 PEN/ Robert J. Dau […]

Read Kwame Dawes’ 13-Point Twitter “Memo to Poets”

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In the space of one month and one week, from February 6 to March 13, Emmy Award-winner and Prairie Schooner […]

Transition Magazine’s Latest Issue 122 Is a “White A$$holes” Response to Trump

Transition magazine has released its hotly awaited Issue 122 and it’s a confrontation with US president Donald Trump. Titled White […]

“Writing Africa Now” | A Johns Hopkins University Literature Class Interviews Masande Ntshanga

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Dr. Jeanne-Marie Jackson is a literature Professor at Johns Hopkins. In one of her literature courses dedicated to contemporary African […]

Dear Genevieve | Twelve Steps to Becoming a Writer (pt. 10) | by Pa Ikhide

These are really interesting times we live in. As a voracious reader who writes occasionally, I am often asked by […]