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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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EVENT: Afridiaspora Magazine to Host Zukiswa Wanner in New York

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A few days after the African Literature Association (ALA) Festival at Yale University, another event is upon us. Afridiaspora magazine […]

Fiston Mwanza Mujila’s Tram 83 Wins the 2017 Internationaler Literaturpreis Award in Germany

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Congo’s Fiston Mwanza Mujila has won the 2017 Internationaler Literaturpreis Award for the German translation of his first novel Tram 83. […]

With His 20th Book, Jose Eduardo Agualusa Is the First African to Win the International Dublin Literary Award

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Angola’s Jose Eduardo Agualusa has won the 2017 International Dublin Literary Award for his novel A General Theory of Oblivion, […]

#TBT | An Ode to Makeup | The Full Transcript of Chimamanda Adichie’s Wellesley Speech

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Our #TBT feature this week is Chimamanda Adichie’s Wellesley speech. Two years ago, Adichie gave the commencement speech at Wellesley […]

The Impossibly Dapper Novelist: A Look at Alain Mabanckou’s Style File

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From Chimamanda Adichie’s widely-publicized made-in-Nigeria wardrobe to Teju Cole’s Ikire Jones scarves to Prof Ato Quayson’s fedora hats, fashion and […]

Keeping Up With African Writers: Aminatta Forna

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  Among writers of her generation, Aminatta Forna belongs in the higher ranks of critical acclaim. With her work translated […]