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Akwaeke Emezi Awarded the 2017 Commonwealth Short Story Prize for Africa Region

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Akwaeke Emezi has been awarded the 2017 Commonwealth Short Story Prize (Africa Region) for her entry, “Who Is Like God?” The other regional winners are: “The Death of Margaret Roe” by Nat Newman (Pacific Region), “Drawing Lessons” by Anushka Jasraj (Asia Region), “The Naming of Moths” by Tracy Fells (Canada and Europe Region), and “The Sweet Sop” by […]

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Here is Why Taiye Selasi Loves Akwaeke Emezi’s Forthcoming Novel Freshwater

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Akwaeke Emezi came on Instagram a few days ago overwhelmed with excitement: “couldn’t be more thrilled…its such a gift to know that people actually see my work.” If you’re wondering, she is referring to Taiye Selasi’s comments about her forthcoming novel Freshwater. Well, she is not the only one thrilled by Selasi’s comments. We also are. […]

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The 2017 Commonwealth Short Story Prize Shortlist Announced

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The shortlist for the 2017 Commonwealth Short Story Prize was announced hours ago, and on the 21-strong list are Diane Awerbuck, Akwaeke Emezi and  Kelechi Njoku. Diane Awerbuck, shortlisted for her “Nagmaal,” won the 2004 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best First Book and the 2014 Short Story Day Africa Prize, and was shortlisted for the […]

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Akwaeke Emezi’s Freshwater Tells the Story of a Nigerian Woman with Multiple Selves

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Akwaeke Emezi’s Fresh Water is one reason some of us can’t wait for 2017 to get here. A few months ago when she shared the news that she’d signed a book deal with Grove Atlantic, all we knew about the book in question was the title. We also knew that Binyavanga Wainaina had read it […]

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Theft or Chance Resemblance? | Akwaeke Emezi Accuses “White Filmmaker” of Stealing Her Work

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The story about how “a white filmmaker” stole Akwaeke Emezi’s work is still unfolding, but here are the details so far, including some of questions the incident is raising about plagiarism. A couple of days ago, Nigerian writer and filmmaker Akwaeke Emezi wrote on Instagram “in which @marionalloreta, a white filmmaker, stole my work.”  The […]

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Opportunity for African Writers | Apply for the Morland Writing Scholarship

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Do you need time to finish up a fiction manuscript or to do research for a non-fiction project? Then this award is for you. The Miles Morland Foundation awards African writers a one-year stipend that allows them to make out time to finish a piece of work. Last year, the winners in the fiction category received ₤18,000 while […]

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Adichie’s Protégé, Akwaeke Emezi, Makes Surprise Announcement

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Two days ago, Akwaeke Emezi, an alumnus of Adichie’s prestigious Farafina Workshop, announced that her debut novel, Freshwater will be published by leading American publisher Atlantic Grove sometime between Fall 2017 and Winter 2018. Emezi’s journey to becoming a debut novelist is clearly set for a happy ending! It all began September last year when Emezie […]

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Answering Chimamanda’s Call | By Akwaeke Emezi

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I became a fan of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie only last year, on the abandoned dance floor of a gay club in Syracuse, with a music video DJ throwing up selections on the TV screens scattered between empty pink and blue strobe lights. I had read all her books by then and I’d enjoyed them, although […]

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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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Akwaeke Emezi Awarded the 2017 Commonwealth Short Story Prize for Africa Region

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Akwaeke Emezi has been awarded the 2017 Commonwealth Short Story Prize (Africa Region) for her entry, “Who Is Like God?” […]

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Opportunity for Nigerian Writers | Enter for the Okike Prize for Literature

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Another prize awarding literary excellence has surfaced. The Okike Prize for Literature is a new initiative promoting writing by Nigerian […]

An Evening of African Literature | Photos From Abubakar Ibrahim and Sarah L. Manyika’s Washington, DC Reading

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