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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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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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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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Chimamanda Adichie Fangirls Over Njideka Akunyili Crosby and Her Work

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Adichie is in love with Njideka Akunyili Crosby’s artwork. We are 100 percent here for this kind of artistic affection, […]

Adichie Revisits the Single Story in New Animated Interview with The Atlantic

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Chimamanda Adichie stole our hearts with “The Danger of a Single Story.” Purple Hibiscus and Half of a Yellow Sun had been […]

Monsieur Pierre | By Bura-Bari Nwilo | A Story

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“Whenever she gets the urge to forego Roy, she also gets a small dose of mischief, to lie with him […]

The Final Portrait of A Dead Artist | By Romeo Oriogun | Poetry

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“…the smell of turpentine fills the air as he paints the sea into a man.”   I hear it from […]

Memoirs of a Lagos Wedding Planner | Episode 6: When In-Laws Misbehave | by Tolulope Popoola

This wedding was turning out to be more work than I had envisaged. After the first two meetings with the […]

You Should Be a Gift | By Ife Olujuyigbe | A Story

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“I know you know I need you to save face, and you need me to pander to your whims.” *** […]