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Dear Ms. Paper: Is Chibundo Onuzo’s Welcome to Lagos Worth the Read?

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Dear Ms. Paper: I’m not a big novel reader, to be honest. It takes a good novel to keep me away from using my very precious down time to Netflix and chill. When I mean good novel, I mean juicy story with all levels of dramatic intensity. I wanted to know if Welcome to Lagos […]

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Art Chasing Life Blatantly | Review of Chibundu Onuzo’s Welcome to Lagos | by Kola Tubosun

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For almost two-thirds of Chibundu Onuzo’s new book, one searches in vain to find the source of the title, Welcome to Lagos (Faber & Faber, 2016). Was it ironically chosen to direct the reader on some chase of relevant nuggets of the city’s peculiarities or selected just for the foreboding it suggests to those already […]

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African Literary Digest: 8 Must-Reads from January, 2017

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We ended 2016 with a compilation of our best pieces of the year. The first month of 2017 is gone but it wasn’t arid: there was writing that caught our attention, and both the LGBTIQ group 14 and Afreada magazine released beautiful anthologies. Here are our must-read selections, an unranked list. They’re all online so […]

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PHOTOS: Chibundu Onuzo Redefines the Classic Literary Book Launch Party

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A few days ago, book lovers gathered at London’s Southbank Center for the launch of Chibundu Onuzo’s second novel, Welcome to Lagos. The photos are finally here, and we are delighted to share them with you. A little bit of background to prepare you for the photos you are about to see. Onuzo has always […]

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Chibundu Onuzo’s New Short Story is About Love, Weight Loss, and Instagram

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Chibundu Onuzo’s second novel Welcome to Lagos hit the stands a few days ago. She’s also gifted us a brand new short story that incorporates everything we obsess about in contemporary culture—Instagram, netflix, hashtags, weight loss, and many more. The story is titled “Kentish Town” and was published on www.express.co.uk. “Kentish Town” tells the story of Aramide who […]

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Chibundu Onuzo’s Brand New Ultra-Chic Author Photos

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A week ago, Chibundu Onuzo shared this photograph above on Instagram with the caption: “There comes a time in every author’s life, when you’ve got to update your author photo!”  Okay, she’s clearly being modest. This is no author photo, which, as we all know, is typically a boring head shot with zero swag. What we […]

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The Stunning Cover Art of Welcome to Lagos, Chibundu Onuzo’s New Novel

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Chibundu Onuzo’s new book has been announced. As usual, we have all the scoop. In 2012, Chibundu Onuzo signed a 2-book deal with top UK-based publisher, Faber and Faber. Ever since the first book, titled Spider King’s Daughter, came out in 2012, we’ve been holding our breath, waiting for Onuzo to do a reprise of her storytelling […]

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What Do African Literature Professors Read? | Prof. Ato Quayson Reveals His Childhood Library

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As any avid reader knows, books define us. Things we read brand us. They become part of our intellectual DNA, defining who we are, our moral compass, our emotional lives, and even how we encounter future books. Maybe that’s why it’s always so fascinating to see what people read at key moments in their lives. A few […]

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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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#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 […]

Why Maaza Mengiste Threw Away the First Draft of Her Second Novel

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Maaza Mengiste might have just one novel published so far, in 2010, but she is one of the most visible […]

Chimamanda Adichie at City of Columbia’s Books In Bloom Festival | By Arao Ameny

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The city of Columbia, Maryland—a city located midway between Washington D.C. and Baltimore—hosted its first literary festival ‘Books in Bloom’ […]

Leila Aboulela Headlines 2017 Kaduna Book and Arts Festival

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Hold on, Ake Festival. KABAFEST is here! Yes, we are delighted to announce the inaugural edition of the Kaduna Book […]