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Interview | Alain Mabanckou Talks Tutuola, Exile, and His Love of Fashion

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  When writer, Alain Mabanckou, mentioned that he had been exiled from his home country of Congo Brazzaville during a panel discussion at the recently concluded Ake Festival, I knew we needed to have a conversation about this. Spotting a print shirt, blue jeans, and brown fedora, it would have been hard to guess this […]

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Is the Ake Festival a Bubble? | Okechukwu Ofili Calls for a Reality Check

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The Ake Arts and Book Festival is an amazing event. It assembles some of the best minds in literature and art in one of Nigeria’s oldest cities. Fans and readers get to meet and greet with high profile authors like Teju Cole, Taiye Selasi, Laila Lalami, and so on. Spirited conversations take place during panel […]

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What Four Things Would Wole Soyinka Need to Survive in the Desert?

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To kick off our month-long publicity efforts for the 2016 Ake Arts and Books Festival, we are delighted to share this interview that appeared on Issue 12 of the Ake Review—the official journal of the Ake Arts and Books Festival. Soyinka is asked 10 questions ranging from what he would like to have if he found himself […]

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19 Women Accuse Nigerian Poet of Sexual Molestation, Says Investigative Report

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In January, Nigerian poet Chijioke Amu-Nnadi was involved in a sexual molestation scandal. [read here if you missed it]. Three female members of the Nigerian literary community openly accused the poet on Facebook of making aggressive and unwanted sexual advances. An independent investigative committee headed by Juliet Kego Ume-Onyido of Whole WoMan Network (WWN)— an […]

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My Ake Festival Video on the African Literary Scene is Out!

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November last year, I was in Abeokuta attending the Ake Art and Books Festival. Last year’s festival was themed “Engaging the Fringe,” and I was invited in my capacity as a literary blogger to contribute to conversations around new trends in African literature. It was an amazing experience, to say the least. I listened to enriching talks […]

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“Esu is Not Satan” | Interview with Orisa Priestess Ifawemimo Omitonade | by Kola Tubosun

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Omítọ̀nàdé Ifáwẹ̀mímọ́ is an Orisa priestess who is also a graduate of Economics from the Obafemi Awolowo University. She was a guest at the last Aké Arts and Books Festival where she participated in a panel about the plurality of the African religious space. I caught up with her with a few questions of my […]

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Award Winning Nigerian Poet Chijioke Amu-nnadi in Sexual Molestation Scandal | by Jite Efemuaye

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Award winning Nigerian poet Chijioke Amu-nnadi is currently embroiled in sexual molestation scandal which broke on Facebook a few days ago. The first inklings that something was afoot came when a number of young writers on Facebook put up cryptic posts about a ‘god of poetry’ who had been molesting young female writers. No names […]

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African Writers Never Looked So Good! | See the Stunning Photo Shoot at Ake Arts and Book Festival

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So when I heard African writers were convening at Ake, a small south-western town in Nigeria and home to Wole Soyinka, I thought I knew what to expect. They were going to strut around saying a whole bunch of smart things about African literature and other serious matters. When they were not edifying audiences in workshops […]

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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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Dinaw Mengestu and Nadifa Mohamed Have New Work in Freeman’s Magazine

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Dinaw Mengestu and Nadifa Mohammed both have new fiction forthcoming in the new fourth issue of Freeman’s magazine. Titled “The Future […]

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 […]