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For My Mother in Her Mid-90s | by Ama Ata Aidoo | A Poem

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We know you all love Ama Ata Aidoo’s plays and fiction. But do you know that she is a poet? She published two collections of poems in the ’80s and ’90s. Still, fans and readers seem to only celebrate her work as a playwright and a fiction writer. That is why we are excited that University […]

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4 Times an African Writer Rewrote a Western Classic and Nailed It

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  Here are four instances when an African writer reproduced or drew inspiration from a western classic and ended up giving the original a much needed makeover. *** Our Sister Killjoy  (1977, Ghana) Heart of Darkness tells the story of a British sailor who travels the river Congo in search of a lost explorer. The […]

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African Writerly Love: Ngugi wa Thiongo and Ama Ata Aidoo

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The first of a series of posts celebrating the love, friendships, and bonds that inspire African writers as they build a community around the work of crafting stories in and about the continent.  Read Ngugi’s reflection on Ama Ata Aidoo and her work. It is heartfelt and moving.  Ama Ata Aidoo too has been part […]

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Literary Celebrities, Cocktails, and Music — Get The Scoop on The Etisalat Prize Award Ceremony

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The first edition of the Etisalat Prize for Literature is nearing its grand finale. The winner of the 15, 000-pound prize will be announced on the 23rd of this month. The event is scheduled to take place at The Marquee, Federal Palace Hotel & Suites in Victoria Island, Lagos. The dress code is black tie/traditional. A […]

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Writerly Love: Photos of African Writers Hanging Out

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I was looking through Taiye Selasi’s Twitter photos and found this one of her and Teju Cole. I couldn’t find out anything about where the picture was taken. The accompanying tweet simply says: “The incomparable Mister Cole.” It’s a lovely picture. Selasi’s smile has a touch of giddiness that a sister might have at meeting […]

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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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Sarah Waiswa and Farah Ahamed Named Co-winners of the 2017 Gerald Kraak Award

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The Ugandan-born Kenya-based photographer Sarah Waiswa and the Kenyan writer Farah Ahamed have been named co-winners of the inaugural Gerald […]

When We Talk about Kintu | By Ellah Wakatama Allfrey

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When Kwani? launched its Manuscript Project competition in 2012 the stated aim was to find the best unpublished novels by […]

“The Great Ugandan Novel” | Aaron Bady Hails Jennifer Makumbi’s Kintu

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Since its 2014 publication, Jennifer Makumbi’s Kintu has raced its way to hit status. Divided into six parts, the novel “reimagines […]

Judges Unveiled for the Black Letter Media Short Story Competition

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Black Letter Media has released the three-person list of judges for the 2017 edition of its short story competition. The judges […]

A Mosaic of Torn Places | Read the New Diverse Anthology of Young Nigerian Writers

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A Mosaic of Torn Places, the latest anthology of young writers out of Nigeria, collects ten stories of poignant diversity. […]

A Narrative of Home and Longing | Review of Inua Ellams’ #Afterhours | By Billie McTernan

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In his new anthology-cum-diary-cum-memoir, #Afterhours, Nigerian poet Inua Ellams features a collection of poems written in-response to a well-considered selection […]