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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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Incense | by Hauwa | An African Story

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In all the dreams I have had of my brother, Nur, he is dressed the same way as the last time I saw him in real life— twenty years ago. I summon that day every day of my life since he left home. And though it has been two decades, the only thing time has […]

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Recantation | by Femi Morgan | An African Poem

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Death knocked Barged in Did not meet anyone at home. We came back Called the carpenter To fix the holds That we may not be cold Before the actual time Unfolds **************** Post image by Hartwig HKD via flickr. About the Author: Femi Morgan is the curator of Artmosphere, one of Nigeria’s leading Arts and literature communities.

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Teju Cole’s Non-fiction Book Is Titled Radio Lagos: Life, Death, And The Afterlife In Africa’s Biggest City

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   Looks like fans of Teju Cole may have cause for celebrating. In addition to the US release of Everyday For The Thief, a non-fiction book about Lagos is well on the way. The title is grim, provocative, and Sebaldian. Patently Teju! We can’t wait.  Novelist Teju Cole has sold a nonfiction book to Random […]

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The Arabian Nights: A Story Called Desire

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The Sultan had to have lost all desire for life itself. A man who marries a woman, sleeps with her, strangles her the following morning, and repeats this everyday for three years has certainly lost some vital sense of self and connection to life. This is the man for whom, like some comic book wonder […]

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Apuleius and Baudelaire

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 Thelyphron The dead man’s chest began to swell, his life-giving veins began to throb, and his body filled with breath.Then the corpse sat up, and the young man spoke. “Why, I implore you, now that I have drunk of the cups of Lethe and am swimming in the marshy water of the Styx, why do […]

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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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Yaa Gyasi’s Homegoing Wins the National Book Critics Circle’s John Leonard Prize

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Yaa Gyasi’s Homegoing has been awarded the National Book Critics Circle’s John Leonard Prize for the best debut novel. This […]

Memoirs of a Lagos Wedding Planner | Episode 1: The Almost Wedding | by Tolulope Popoola

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My client and I had been planning this wedding for months. It was going to be a big affair, attended […]

Perfumes | by Mimi Adebayo | African Fiction

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“I married my husband, Tolu, because he understood, to an extent, the sanctity of scents.”   *** THESE DAYS, I […]

Mama Junior | by Uzoamaka Doris Aniunoh | African Fiction

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“‘You see this front seat?’ she asked, pointing at the car. ‘That front seat belongs to my first son Junior. […]

Mama Hadiza’s Money | by Dare Dan | African Fiction

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SOONER OR LATER in life—at one’s very last breath perhaps—something welcomes one to the world again; its strangeness; its shock; […]

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 […]