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Nine, Ten, Eleven | by Princewill McDaniels | African Flash Fiction

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His Blackberry phone gave a loud cry and the battery bar went red, glaring like a deep wound. “Ahhh! Not again!” Tares gnashed his teeth at the thought of another trip to the Cafe to charge his phone for the fourth time today. He grabbed his grey sleeveless top and reached for his charger. “And […]

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My Hair Talks to My Ancestors | by Tendai Machingaidze | African Flash Fiction

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They say that I have Schizophrenia. Delusions. Demented dreams that detach me from reality. “Skitso who?” In my culture, there is no such thing. You are either bewitched or you are blessed. Ensnared by sinister or sacred spirits. He looks at me like I am a stray dog. Filthy. Rabid. Foaming at the mouth. He […]

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He is Ted | by Ezebuike Temple | A Poetic Portrait

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He is Ted. He walks barefoot and leaves gaping maws in the sand. His shirt is bent outward to the right, at the waistline. His pants have creases, sharp creases. Enough to cut lead crystals. He sits on the coast of the beach. He pours Magna Mystique into a wineglass; the stem and foot, sunk in […]

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The Witch and the Machete Test | By Aja Friday| An African Flash Fiction

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Spider drove into his compound flushed and flustered. What had passed in the evil forest was enough to take the heart out of the stoutest of beasts. He would never forgive himself for that one thoughtless mistake, a scar he would have to carry all through his life. He dragged his feet to the door […]

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“A Small Undisclosed Gesture” | Corkscrew | By Dami Ajayi | Flash Fiction

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  There is a bottle of red wine, two wine flutes and no corkscrew in sight on the table between us. I watch your countenance change from grim concentration to befuddled puzzlement. This is not a trick; there are no aces up my sleeves, there is just the bottle of red wine needed to snuff […]

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“I Want to Follow You” | Boy on a Train by Akumbu Uche | Flash Fiction

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I wanted to stay and watch the fireworks but Aunty Phoebe said, no. I didn’t like it, but I’m glad we didn’t because if we had. I wouldn’t be seated across from you now, taking in your handsome face and your jet black hair. We were the only black family; surely you must have noticed […]

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“Costume Jewelry Dangling” — Hooked by Akumbu Uche | A Flash Fiction

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A short history of earrings, slaves and masters. Enjoy this coming of age story, all in a flash! — Editor’s note Women born into my family do not have their ears pierced. It used to be that earrings were used to differentiate slaves from the freeborn. Thanks to the British, this class divide has long […]

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“The Flowers are For” — Counselling Swap by Tolulope Popoola | A Flash Fiction

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Our Flash Fiction Queen, Ms. Tolulope Popoola, graces our presence with this brand new selection. It’s been a while since we posted her work, and have we missed her! We are loving this particular story because it has Popoola pushing the limits of the flash fiction genre. At 380 words, the story is extremely short, […]

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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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