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Read Prof. Kwame Anthony Appiah’s Foreword to the New Edition of Achebe’s Trilogy

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So much has been said about how Chinua Achebe’s first three novels—Things Fall Apart (1958), No Longer at Ease (1960) and Arrow of God (1964)—constitute a trilogy charting the response of three generations of the Igbo society to colonialism. Okonkwo’s story in the first novel is set in the 1890s, at the beginning of colonial […]

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Chinua Achebe and the Risky Business of Being an Ancestor

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Both Nadine Gordimer and Simon Gikandi have said that the publication of Things Fall Apart marks the invention of the African novel. True, there had been novels in Africa long before Chinua Achebe came on the scene. But the publication of Things Fall Apart is the event that inaugurated the African novel as a global literary project.  It […]

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Things Fall Apart should be buried and never made to resurrect

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Onyeka Nwelue is the king of African literary controversy. In the age of political correctness, Nwelue dishes out a steady stream of unfiltered comments about African writing and literary culture. In a recent interview with Wealth Ominabo Dickson, Nwelue essentially dismisses Things Fall Apart as a not very intelligent piece of juvenilia—a work of questionable quality written […]

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Dear Ms. Paper: Did Achebe Really Invent African Literature?

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Dear Ms. Paper, I got into a bad argument in class today. I’m so angry it’s a bit hard to type this right now. My literature professor said Achebe invented African literature. I didn’t think I heard right, so I raised my hand up and asked, “Excuse me sir, which Achebe do you have in […]

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Opportunity for African Writers | Entries Open for African Literary Hustle Edited by Mukoma wa Ngugi and Laura Murphy

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Kenyan novelist Mukoma wa Ngugi teams up with American literature professor Laura Murphy in a one of a kind literary project. They are co-editing a special issue of the New Orleans Review titled The African Literary Hustle. Their aim is to give African writers a space to share writing considered to be unconventional from the standpoint of […]

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Bernard Dadié The Achebe of Ivory Coast Wins Literary Prize at 100

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Bernard Dadié is 100! His birthday was on January 10, but last week the literary legend had the chance to celebrate the huge milestone in the best way possible. He joined friends and family in Abidjan were he was honored as the winner of the UNESCO sponsored Jamie Torres Bodet award. Winning the award comes with a 50, […]

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Flora Nwapa and the Letter That Changed Nigerian Literature Forever

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In the early 1960s, Flora Nwapa sent Chinua Achebe a mail containing a manuscript. She probably didn’t imagine that much would come out of it. Unlike most writers of her time, becoming a writer did not start out as a life’s goal. “There was nothing in me when I was in school that made me feel […]

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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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On August 1, 2017, Brittle Paper will be seven years old. To mark our anniversary, we are organising a series of events, […]

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PHOTOS | Magunga Williams Compares Kenyan Politicians to Game of Thrones Characters

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Two weeks before Kenya votes for a new president, online bookseller and blogger William Magunga has caused wild excitement by […]

New-Generation African Poets 2017 Box Set Featured in Vogue Magazine

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African Poetry Book Fund’s New-Generation African Poets: A Chapbook Box Set (Nne) has been featured in Vogue magazine. The feature, […]

Wole Soyinka’s Poem for the Late Literary Scholar Abiola Irele

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Professor Abiola Irele passed on earlier this month at the age of 81. Born in 1936, the late critic was […]

Tomi Adeyemi’s Million Dollar Book and Movie Deal | All the Scoop + Publication Date

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Harvard graduate Tomi Adeyemi reportedly scored a million-dollar book + movie deal for her young adult trilogy. Her website confirms […]