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“I died but I am not dead” | Funmi Iyanda’s Tribute to Her Mother is Heartbreaking and Beautiful

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It is women’s history month, and the beauty and magic of mother-daughter relationships is on our minds. A few days ago, Nigerian media personality Funmi Iyanda posted a heartbreakingly beautiful piece on her mother who she hasn’t seen for the past few decades. The essay is built around the uncertainties surrounding her mother’s absence in […]

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November 1, 2015 | By Michael Inioluwa Oladele | A Story

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“We both always thought I would be the one to die first. The reasons were obvious. I was the one with asthma who carried an inhaler about.”   The day you died, nothing strange happened. It was a day like every other day. The sun rose at the right time. Everything happened as it was […]

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The Final Portrait of A Dead Artist | By Romeo Oriogun | Poetry

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“…the smell of turpentine fills the air as he paints the sea into a man.”   I hear it from afar, the thought coming thread by thread into a new city and this time it is Benin, a city of blood cuddled with mother’s breath. I know I should leave this city, this life, this […]

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The Public Execution | by Olisa Onyekaonwu | African Fiction

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“…long after the van had taken off…the cry of the prisoner still hovered in the air, like the aroma of absent food.”   Weariness descended on Ejindu like drizzles, slowly flushing out the leftover strength in him. It was this sense of crippling exhaustion that sickens you; that, like a duster making a smooth passage […]

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Ripples | by Miracle Amaka Nwokedi | African Fiction

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“Unlike most mothers in Umuona, Mama did not possess that inner eyes of a mother to make out her daughter’s apprehensive disposition.” *** TREES DANCED as the wind whooshed by objects in Umuona. Giggles and screams of naked children hung in the air. Mama’s voice hung in the air too. Loud. Brash. Almost swallowing that […]

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When Days Turn Grey | by Mugendi Evans | African Fiction

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SEATED on four acres of lush green grass was a huge brick house that he called home. The red tiles baking in the sun a testimony of its magnificence. The huge mahogany doors with exotic carvings on them radiating exquisiteness.The interior decor did not disappoint; the tasteful colors the walls were bathed in gave the […]

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A Little Judgement | by Michael E. Umoh | An African Story

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HOW DO YOU SAVE A LIFE? You go out and buy puff-puff. It began like this: I was walking towards a house on First Eleven street, where the tick-tock of a woman’s life was almost at its end. This street, like so many in Lagos buzzed with endless activity. A barber’s generator was on, and […]

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Learning How To Die | by Akpa Arinzechukwu | African Poetry

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We’ve learned how to die. Each. In a unique splendor. Like, my father who died walking with his head down and legs up. His face was blood stained and smiling. He must have thought himself funny. Boom. That was the sound of the American certified polished pistol he got from only God knows where. It […]

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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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When Joe Okonkwo’s debut novel, Jazz Moon, came out last year, we covered it in an interview. Now, we are excited […]

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Last week, The New Yorker published a heavily-researched essay by Namwali Serpell in its Culture Desk section. Titled “The Zambian […]

Being Black | By Hanna Ali | Poetry

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  Part 1 My skin takes three sessions on the sunbed to achieve It’s hard to perfect the darkness surrounding […]

Oh! Rape | By Saloko Blessing | Poetry

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you ripped off her innocence, made her recoil into a shell of shame and pain, made her throw away the […]

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 […]