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You Sing of a Leaving | By JK Anowe | Poetry

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we were together, i forget the rest. – Walt Whitman it wasn’t a metaphor when i said i’d give you the world to look at – a rapid of wry lying on the cold bedroom floor all meat & bones & deflation the horizon that welcomes all my ruinous loves when they say goodbye over […]

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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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If the Mountains Spoke | By Mats’eliso Mots’oane | An African Story

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“How twisted is our world that we have to watch the sunrise from behind locked car doors?” Palema asked her boyfriend as she gazed at the city below them. The night before had been spent all around Bloemfontein, at the memorial museum, the movies, a pit stop at the office, and they had shared some […]

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How Adichie’s Story About Struggling with Depression Suddenly Got Weird

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Many of us woke up to Adichie’s account of her struggle with depression, published in The Guardian. The account was beautiful and moving. She shared deeply personal details about her experience with transitioning from denial to the painful recognition that she was in deed suffering from depression. I actually found the raw honesty of the article […]

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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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Is Fiston Mujila’s Tram 83 Misogynist Poverty Porn? Zukiswa Wanner and Richard Oduku Lead Strong Reaction to Ikhide Ikheloa’s Damning Criticism

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In August 2014, Congolese author Fiston Mwanza Mujila’s debut French-language novel, Tram 83, was released to rapturous acclaim in France. By […]

Roses and War | By Jonathan Otamere Endurance | Poetry

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Prayers are symphonies of lamentation That begin from my mother’s lips, Like a bird beginning a day’s death, With a […]

Fear Woman | By Immanuel James Ibe-Anyanwu | Fiction

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  Irritated by our presence, the guard swatted us off the entrance gate with his baton, his face ugly with […]

An Ecofeminist Drawing New Language from Nature and His Anima | Q&A with Saddiq Dzukogi, 2017 Brunel International Poetry Prize Shortlistee

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Saddiq Dzukogi was recently shortlisted for the 2017 Brunel International Poetry Prize. We published his poem, “Collect Rainwater,” in February. Saddiq […]

Chimamanda Adichie’s Best Looks from the Dear Ijeawele Book Tour

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Over the last two months, Chimamanda Adichie has been on the road publicizing her new book Dear Ijeawele. She’s spoken […]

#BlackGirlMagic: Sisonke Msimang’s Essay on Adichie Is a Brilliant Dissection of How Black Female Celebs Are Praised and Criticized

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In the last five years, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has come to occupy a unique place in the pop culture conversation: […]