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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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Isidore Okpewho, Nigeria’s Literary and Academic Star, Passes on

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Isidore Okpewho, the Nigerian fiction writer and literary scholar, died on Sunday, the 4th of September in a Binghamton hospital in Upstate New York. He was surrounded by his family and loved ones. He was 74. Many readers know him as the author of The Victims-–a dark and twisted family thriller that explores the dynamics of polygamy. […]

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Dear Ms. Paper: How Do I Stop Faking My Love for African Literature?

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Dear Ms. Paper: I have successfully faked my love for African literature for many years. Even though my dinner party conversations and twitter feed says otherwise, I’ve never really liked African literature.  African fiction is too serious. There is never a moment of pure delight. It’s always talk talk talk of colonialism or some world […]

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Support African Writing | Help fund SSDA’s Migration Anthology

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 Short Story Day Africa (SSDA) is one of our go-to places for African writing. We love and are proud of the wonderful work they do to nurture and promote African writing. Every year, SSDA provides up-and-coming African writers with much needed mentorship, training, and opportunities to get their work published. Impressive, right? Well, they need 3000 dollars for […]

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Brittle Paper is Six! | Thank You to an Amazing Community of Readers and Writers

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I started Brittle Paper 6 years ago as a sanctuary from the beautiful but backbreaking rigor of scholarly life. I had just finished my first year as a doctoral student at Duke University. It had been a fun year. I loved writing. I loved research work. I loved learning from some the best minds in the world. I […]

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Case of the Ex… | by Kafoi Karue | A Heartbreak Manifesto

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Dear Ladies, Here’s to all the girls who used to be his number one. The ones who waited all night for him to call, only to check the caller ID the next morning and be disappointed. The ones who made it through that bitter break up, dried their own tears, and moved on with their […]

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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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How the Huza Press Prize for Fiction is Reshaping Rwandan Literature

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It was the pressing need to reclaim our narrative, which as many of you are aware was being largely told […]

PHOTOS: Chibundu Onuzo Redefines the Classic Literary Book Launch Party

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A few days ago, book lovers gathered at London’s Southbank Center for the launch of Chibundu Onuzo’s second novel, Welcome […]

Teju Cole is a Finalist for PEN America’s Richest ($75,000) Prize

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Congrats to Teju Cole for being named a finalist in what might be PEN’s most prestigious prize yet. The PEN/Jean […]

Dear Genevieve, Find Your Voice | by Pa Ikhide

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How are you? What are you up to? I am going back and reading the old classics from the African […]

PHOTOS | Abantu Book Festival: A Literary Platform for Black Writers and Readers

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On December 6th, history was made in South Africa with the inauguration of the Abantu Festival. Black writers in South Africa […]

Teju Cole, Petina Gappah, Yaa Gyasi, Helen Oyeyemi Named Finalists in PEN/America’s Literary Awards

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In December, we announced the longlists of the 2017 PEN America literary awards. The lists of finalists are now out, […]