Tag Archives: African writers

The Impossibly Dapper Novelist: A Look at Alain Mabanckou’s Style File

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From Chimamanda Adichie’s widely-publicized made-in-Nigeria wardrobe to Teju Cole’s Ikire Jones scarves to Prof Ato Quayson’s fedora hats, fashion and style have become a new mode of self-expression among African literary figures. They effortlessly blend literary success and a love for style. In so doing, these writers have transformed the idea of the public intellectual into […]

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Shortlist Announced for the 2016 Morland Writing Scholarship

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Three months ago, we announced that The Miles Morland Foundation was accepting applications for a writer’s scholarship. The shortlist for the prestigious Morland Writing Scholarship is finally here, and there are few surprises. Of the 500 applications received from 37 countries, only 22 names representing 7 countries made the shortlist. In about two weeks, this […]

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African Literature on Instagram Vol. 8 | Chibundo Onuzo’s Style File

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Chibundu Onuzo recently announced the forthcoming release of her new book. It’s titled Welcome to Lagos. The cover is gorgeous. We even shared it here last week. [click here if you missed it.] All that is great news, but that’s not what we want to talk about this Friday afternoon. How about the fact that […]

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African Writer Style Guide | 12 Times African Writers Gave Us Major Hair Goals

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  Even before Chimamanda Adichie first became publicly vocal about the political implications of natural hair, black women across the world have been ditching chemical relaxers to embrace natural or natural-looking hair and finding beauty in their own skin. African writers in particular are no exception to this trend. In fact chances are that your favorite […]

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Our Ali: African Writers Reflect on Icon Muhammad Ali’s Legacy

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Muhammad Ali is the boxing legend who shook his generation and changed what it meant to be black, bold and fearless. After a three decade-long battle with Parkinson’s disease, he passed away on Friday at the age of 74. Since then, people have used social media platforms to share tweets, images and videos mourning his loss and celebrating […]

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Dear Ms. Paper: How Do I Stop Hating on My Successful (African Writer) Friend

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Dear Ms. Paper: One of writer friends just made the long list of a prestigious literary prize. We both live in Lagos and have been friends for years now. When she told me about the longlist, I tried to sound excited. I even posted congratulatory messages on social media. But, if I have to be honest to myself, […]

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African Writers on Writing | Lauren Beukes Likens Writing to a Virus, an Infection, and a Parasite

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There are aspiring African writers out there working hard to produce good work. To help them get ahead in the literary hustle, we  keep an eye out for words of encouragement and advice from successful African authors. This edition of the “African Writers on Writing” series comes straight out of South Africa where all sorts of interesting […]

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African Writers on Writing | Yvonne Owuor on Entering the Zone

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Yvonne Owuor is the author of Dust, a lyrical novel about loss and mourning. She was born in Kenya and won the Caine Prize for African Writing in 2003. With stern discipline, I rise with the first bird, salute the dawn, have a healthy breakfast of fruits. [I] wander over to my faux-oak desk, tap the […]

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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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The Brittle Paper Literary Awards: New Date for the Announcement of Winners

The announcement of the winners of the inaugural Brittle Paper Literary Awards was scheduled for 23 September 2017. However, a change […]

The Reviews Are In! | Namwali Serpell Has High Praise for Jennifer Makumbi’s Kintu

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Jennifer Makumbi’s Kintu is one of the hit novels of 2017. A historical drama, it tells the story of an 18th […]

New Website Collects Everything Binyavanga Wainaina Has Written Since the Late 1990s

A new Website has collected everything published by Binyavanga Wainaina since his writing career began in the late 1990s. The […]

Opportunity for All Writers | Submit to Vanguard Literary Services’ HIV/AIDS Awareness Anthology

To mark the 2017 World HIV/AIDS Day on December 1, Vanguard Literary Services, a bookselling company in Nigeria, has called […]

The Graywolf Press Africa Prize Launches with Igoni A. Barrett as Judge

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A new award just dropped: the Graywolf Press Africa Prize, for “a first novel manuscript by an African author primarily residing […]

Nnedi Okorafor Celebrates Everyday African Life in New Superhero Comic

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A little over two years ago, South African Sci-fi writer Lauren Beukes collaborated with D. C. Comics on a Wonder […]