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Call For Submission | Anthology of Queer Nigerian Art Vol. 2

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Following the success of We Are Flowers, the Nigeria-based creative collective called 14 is planning a new edition. Like the debut edition, the new issue, set for publication in August, explores various aspects of LGBTQ life. The theme for this year’s anthology is Sex! See below for more details on how to submit your work. The […]

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From Tutuola to Binyavanga: Literary Experimentation or Bad Writing?

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Nigerian essayist, Oris Aigbokhaevbolo, recently led a rich and illuminating conversation on Facebook about literary experimentation. Experimentation is the lifeblood of aesthetic innovation. Nothing new happens if someone doesn’t break out of the mold and show us that we don’t have to stay enslaved to convention? But experimentation has always been a contested aspect of literary practice. […]

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Binyavanga Wainaina’s Granta Essay Is Beautifully Experimental

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Binyavanga Wainaina has a new essay in Granta‘s latest travel issue. The title of the essay is “Since Everything Was Suddening into a Hurricane.” Binyavanga writes about his experience with stroke and his journey to Nairobi— accompanied by his lover—to patch things up with his father. We haven’t had an essay from Binyavanga in a […]

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Happy Birthday Binyavanga! | Six Writers on Binyavanga as Friend, Mentor, and Teacher

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Inspired by Lara Abiona’s beautiful birthday tribute to Binyavanga Wainaina here on Brittle Paper, we asked six writers—Linda Musita, Kiprop Kimutai, Saddiq M. Dzukogi, Arinze Ifeakandu, M.V. Sematlane, Otosirieze Obi-Young—to pen thank-you notes to a man who, in being a fearless pioneer, has made considerable impact on the African literary and cultural scene. ***   […]

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A Birthday Tribute: Binyavanga Wainaina

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In just two days, on the 18th, we will celebrate the birthday of one of the most beloved gems of contemporary African literature: Kenyan author Binyavanga Wainaina. In celebration of his 46th birthday, we reflect on Wainaina’s iconic legacy. For almost 15 years, we have had the pleasure of witnessing Wainaina’s valuable contributions to literature […]

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14: An Anthology of Queer Art | Vol. 1: We are Flowers

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The 13th of January is an unfortunate day in Nigeria’s history. It marks one of the nation’s greatest human rights failures. On that day in 2014, Nigeria gave homophobia full legal recognition in the form of a law that made any kind of same-sex sexual act a crime that could be punished with as much […]

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African Literary Digest: The 31 Best Pieces of 2016

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The year 2016 has been fertile for writing in general, and for creative non-fiction in particular. On the African literary scene, the most remarkable talking points would be the upsurge of new talent (see the shortlists of the Miles Morland Scholarship and the Gerald Kraak Award) and new outlets for those voices (see our feature […]

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All You Need to Know About Binyavanga Wainaina’s Upright People Movement

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Kenyan writer Binyavanga Wainaina seeks to unite everyone in love with African continent under a movement called the Upright People Movement. If you follow Binyavanga Wainaina on Twitter, you know that for the past week or so he’s been drawing up a list of what he calls “upright” people. The expansive list, which he continues […]

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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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As Sales Approach the Million Mark, Is Americanah Now Adichie’s Signature Novel?

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A few days ago, Adichie’s third novel Americanah won New York City’s “One Book, One New York” initiative, which is […]

On Cultural Intersectionality and Familial Love | Interview with Angela Ajayi, Winner of the 2017 PEN/ Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize

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Two weeks ago, we announced that Angela Ajayi was one of the twelve writers who won the 2017 PEN/ Robert J. Dau […]

Read Kwame Dawes’ 13-Point Twitter “Memo to Poets”

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In the space of one month and one week, from February 6 to March 13, Emmy Award-winner and Prairie Schooner […]

Transition Magazine’s Latest Issue 122 Is a “White A$$holes” Response to Trump

Transition magazine has released its hotly awaited Issue 122 and it’s a confrontation with US president Donald Trump. Titled White […]

“Writing Africa Now” | A Johns Hopkins University Literature Class Interviews Masande Ntshanga

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Dr. Jeanne-Marie Jackson is a literature Professor at Johns Hopkins. In one of her literature courses dedicated to contemporary African […]

Dear Genevieve | Twelve Steps to Becoming a Writer (pt. 10) | by Pa Ikhide

These are really interesting times we live in. As a voracious reader who writes occasionally, I am often asked by […]