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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 young writers for advice or successful tips on writing. I used to find this hilarious given that I have never ever bothered to publish a book and it is my desire to die without having […]

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2017 Caine Prize Updates | 148 Stories Submitted from 22 Countries

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2017 marks the 18th edition of the Caine Prize for African Writing. With entries closing on January 31st, the race to winning one of Africa’s most prestigious literary prizes is officially on. We know you guys are itching for information about this years edition of the prize. We were recently notified of a few updates […]

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Dear Genevieve | Africa Reads and Writes! (pt. 8) | by Pa Ikhide

I am in my sunroom looking out the window, wishing I could travel. I would love to just go away from America for a bit. I really don’t care where I go. Nigeria would be great. I miss my mother, Izuma. She has all these wondrous stories, and I am thinking it would be great […]

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Dear Genevieve | African Literature Needs Innovation and Funding (pt. 7) | by Pa Ikhide

Listen to me rant. Just listen. One wonders: What is being taught in Nigerian universities in the name of contemporary literature these days? One gets the unfortunate impression that many of the professors have only read Chinua Achebe, Wole Soyinka and Chimamanda Adichie. The greatest tragedy of modern literature is that those who are invested […]

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Dear Genevieve | The Writer Should Be Paid for Content on the Internet (pt. 4) | by Pa Ikhide

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What are you up to? Are the kids back from school? I am thinking of what you said the other day, about how you believe writers should be paid and paid well. I have always said that writers should be paid. It is a craft, a worthy vocation and those writers who give away the […]

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Google Celebrates Flora Nwapa with a “This Day in History” Doodle

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Today is Flora Nwapa‘s birthday and Google celebrates it with one of its signature anniversary doodle. Flora Nwapa is Nigeria’s first female novelist. She was a close friend of Chinua Achebe who gave her her big break as a writer. Read the inspiring story here. Her most popular work is a Efuru, a dark, quirky […]

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Is Social Media Eroding the Influence of Soyinka’s Generation?

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A few weeks ago, we posted a story about the mob of Nigerian online trolls who came after Soyinka because of statements he made regarding the US election. [read here if you missed it] The air has now cleared a bit. Perhaps it’s time to reflect a bit on the significance of Soyinka coming to (figurative) […]

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How We Know Wole Soyinka Loves the Authors We Love

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Do you ever wonder what the first generation of African writers think of African writers of today? Do the Soyinkas of the world care for the Adichies of the world? Can the Things Fall Apart generation see anything good in the Blackass generation? While we can’t speak for that whole generation of writers, we do know […]

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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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Boubacar Boris Diop, Basma Abdel Aziz and Abdellatif Laabi Longlisted for the 2017 Best Translated Book Prize

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Thirty-five books have been named on the fiction and poetry longlists of the 2017 Best Translated Book Prize. On the […]

Holding Memories | By Wale Ayinla | Poetry

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i held your tongue thinking it would reveal how a sea runs into a boat where you lay on breasts […]

Afrobeat Broke My Heart | By Kanyinsola Olorunnisola | Poetry

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Sometimes I wake up and my body tastes like rum; that is how you know I have gone looking for […]

Loving From Diaspora | By Tega Oghenechovwen | Fiction

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“He told her Nigeria was not where one comes back to just like that, that someone had to die at […]

You Sing of a Leaving | By JK Anowe | Poetry

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we were together, i forget the rest. – Walt Whitman it wasn’t a metaphor when i said i’d give you […]

The Love Walk and One Other Story | By Uzoma Ihejirika | Flash Fiction

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THE LOVE WALK He likes to think this was the kind of love they shared, a love he is yet […]