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Ethnic Hate Speech: Statement from Concerned Nigerian Writers

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In the light of recent developments in the ever-volatile Nigerian political space, 27 writers, some of them among the best-known in the country, have put out a joint statement condemning hate speech across ethnic lines. * We, the undersigned Nigerian writers, view with grave concern the dominance of ethnic incendiary speech in our country. We […]

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Ibadan Girl at the Stockholm Pride | Ayodele Olofintuade | An Essay

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Where Are All the Black People? Their eyes slide away from yours. Your smile is never returned. You’re black, you’re wearing ‘native’ attire… you stick out like a sore thumb. Yes they are black too, and they used to be like you, proudly wearing their ‘native’ prints, but now, all they want is to blend […]

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Brittle Paper Launches an African Fantasy Story Series

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So much excitement here as we launch a new story series. {Read Story HERE} One of the most talked-about projects we launched last year was Ayodele Olofintuade’s Adunni, an original Brittle Paper story series featuring custom images made by NYC-based Nigerian artist, Laolu Sebanjo. Seeing that we received such positive response from readers, we have […]

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ADUNNI By Ayodele Olofintuade — Episode 8, The End

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The idea that a person would desire death is insane. But an Abiku is not like us. Having to stay on earth without the possibility of dying young is an Abiku’s worse fate. In the past seven weeks, we’ve watched as Adunni—our beloved Abiku—struggled to turn around the misfortune of being born into the Lamorin […]

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ADUNNI By Ayodele Olofintuade — Episode 7, And forgive us our trespasses

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 Adunni has got to be the most miserable Abiku out there. From the moment she’s born into the Lamorin family, it’s be an unending string of disasters. But After Adunni’s destruction spree from last week, Mother Earth decides to take things into her hand. She’s convened a meeting by the River of Tears. Everyone—Adunni’s earthly family, […]

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ADUNNI By Ayodele Olofintuade — Episode 6, Labake

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Gbonka, our beloved Babalawo, is failing woefully to conclude the final rites of Adunni’s earthing, so she continues the spate of destruction from last week. It doesn’t help that she’s growing ever more angry and powerful. Gbonka has just this one chance to wrap things up right, or else Adunni won’t stay. She’ll go the […]

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ADUNNI By Ayodele Olofintuade — Episode 5, And Deliver Us From Evil

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 Adunni lets us in on the Abiku worldview. She dishes on what it’s like to be a spirit being and how the human world appears from their side of the world.   Plus, it’s a big day for her. Final earthing rites take place tonight. After midnight, she wont be able to die for a […]

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ADUNNI By Ayodele Olofintuade — Episode 4, Give Us This Day…

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Welcome to another round of Adunni’s drama! Last week, we left Adunni and Gbonka at Erin-Ijesa Falls. They’d struck a deal. Gbonka swore he won’t prevent Adunni from dying. Adunni, our embattled Abiku, was now in the clear. But how will they find their way back home? Adunni has no more powers left. She’s spent every bit […]

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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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I Hear a Few More Things When Bob Dylan Says ‘a Hard Rain’s a-gonna Fall’ | Chisom Okafor | Poetry

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My father plays a song aloud on Sundays, that begins with ‘Where’ve you been my blue-eyed girl?’ We scream on […]

The 2017 Babishai Haiku Prize Goes to Kenya’s Kariuki wa Nyamu

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The 2017 Babishai Haiku Award has gone to Kenya’s Kariuki wa Nyamu for his three haikus: “last night’s rain,” “in the […]

Dreams, Remember Yesterday | Elizabeth Semende | Poetry

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Dreams: This hole is a grave where dreams toss and turn, Touch the wind and sway with it. See the […]

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s New Short Story Is All Love, Class and Multiculturalism

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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s new short story in Harper’s Bazaar, a brief one titled “How Did You Feel About It?,” is all […]

Translating Guinea-Bissau’s First English-Language Novel | by Jethro Soutar

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In June, we brought news of the publication of the first ever novel from Guinea-Bissau to be translated into Englis.  […]

Akwaeke Emezi’s Guide to Becoming a Successful Writer in 35 Tweets

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Last week, Akwaeke Emezi put on her life coach cape and dished out truths that every writer, artist, dreamer, and […]