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Monster Dad | By Aoiri Obaigbo | A Story

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“Let the swimmer beware. The sea is far too deep and broad for anyone to be boastful about.” *** The sixty-year-old man had hoped the journey would avail him a chance to mend the bridges he had burnt in the past, but his daughter had her hood up and gave her focus to The Way […]

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Tura Soap

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Isoken dreaded holidays. They made her lonely. Her mother died two years before. Her twin brother was a policeman and lived in Abudu with his family. The last time she saw or talked to him was at their mother’s funeral. Their father had aways been absent from their lives. Isoken didn’t know the full story, neither did […]

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Rooms That Have Faces

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Esosa stands in front of the door she has randomly picked, waiting for something to happen.  The hallway is dark. There is no sound. All the doors are closed. But she can sense longing.  The rooms are dreaming. They all want to become houses. But right now they are just silly little rooms, chained together […]

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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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Is Fiston Mujila’s Tram 83 Misogynist Poverty Porn? Zukiswa Wanner and Richard Oduku Lead Strong Reaction to Ikhide Ikheloa’s Damning Criticism

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In August 2014, Congolese author Fiston Mwanza Mujila’s debut French-language novel, Tram 83, was released to rapturous acclaim in France. By […]

Roses and War | By Jonathan Otamere Endurance | Poetry

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Prayers are symphonies of lamentation That begin from my mother’s lips, Like a bird beginning a day’s death, With a […]

Fear Woman | By Immanuel James Ibe-Anyanwu | Fiction

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  Irritated by our presence, the guard swatted us off the entrance gate with his baton, his face ugly with […]

An Ecofeminist Drawing New Language from Nature and His Anima | Q&A with Saddiq Dzukogi, 2017 Brunel International Poetry Prize Shortlistee

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Saddiq Dzukogi was recently shortlisted for the 2017 Brunel International Poetry Prize. We published his poem, “Collect Rainwater,” in February. Saddiq […]

Chimamanda Adichie’s Best Looks from the Dear Ijeawele Book Tour

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Over the last two months, Chimamanda Adichie has been on the road publicizing her new book Dear Ijeawele. She’s spoken […]

#BlackGirlMagic: Sisonke Msimang’s Essay on Adichie Is a Brilliant Dissection of How Black Female Celebs Are Praised and Criticized

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In the last five years, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has come to occupy a unique place in the pop culture conversation: […]