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Interview | Ukamaka Olisakwe on her First-time Visit to the US

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Ukamaka Olisakwe is the author of Eyes of a Goddess, her debut novel published in 2012 by Piraeus Books, Massachusetts. Her stories have appeared in various online journalist and blogs including Saraba, Sentinel Nigeria, Short Story Day Africa, Naija Stories, and featured in many other local and international platforms like the New York Times and […]

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African Literary Digest: The 31 Best Pieces of 2016

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The year 2016 has been fertile for writing in general, and for creative non-fiction in particular. On the African literary scene, the most remarkable talking points would be the upsurge of new talent (see the shortlists of the Miles Morland Scholarship and the Gerald Kraak Award) and new outlets for those voices (see our feature […]

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Wole Soyinka Calls Nigerian Internet Trolls “Nattering Nit-wits of Internet”

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Wole Soyinka has been the target of vicious criticism in the wake of a series of statements he made about the US election. You might recall Soyinka telling a room of Oxford university students that he would destroy his American residency card if Donald Trump won the election. Trump’s victory has since generated a mob of Nigerian internet […]

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“We’re Sad and Sorry” | Read BBC’s Apology to Adichie Over Trump Interview

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And so after the heated BBC Newsnight interview where Adichie had to dish out an epic lecture on white and gender privilege to R. Emmett Tyrell Jr. (“I’m sorry, but as a white man, you don’t get to define what racism is”), and the founding editor of the conservative The American Spectator responded by penning an […]

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Ikhide Ikheloa on Trump’s Win : “this hurts. badly. but it is not the end of the world as I know it.”

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The global community is still reeling from the results of the American election. Mr. Trump’s win of an election that experts and polls expected him to lose has prompted a whole range of responses. In the African literary community, we’ve seen everything from Chika Unigwe’s utter disappointment in the election results to Wainaina Binyavanga’s cautious […]

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Video Interview: Adichie Talks Ivanka Trump, Black Lives Matter, and Why She’s #WithHer

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Speaking on a live Facebook video interview with UK’s Channel 4 News, Chimamanda Adichie comments on a series of hot-button issues ranging from the Black Lives Matter movement to Hilary Clinton’s candidacy and, of course, her short story about Donald Trump. The youtube video surfaced a few days ago, and we are more than delighted to […]

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The Small Redemptions of Donald Trump | An Analysis of Adichie’s “The Arrangements”| by Innocent Chizaram Ilo

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Tuesday evenings in Nsukka are always parched up. The university community is edging closer to its second semester exams. I’m lying down on my bed, surfing the web, while pretending to be studying. My Facebook News Feed is drowning with links on the GOP, the shocking but revealing poll results, Bernie’s larger-than-life promises, Hillary’s emotionally-pepped […]

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Donald Trump is Lead Character in Chimamanda Adichie’s New Short Story

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In a totally mind-blowing act of literary brilliance, Chimamanda Adichie pens a story about Trump’s wife, Melania. The story, titled “The Arrangements,” is an imaginary take on Trump’s life, as told from the perspective of a somewhat insecure woman determined to be the best wife she could be to a man as temperamental as Trump. The […]

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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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Dear Genevieve | Words are Powerful, Speak the Truth, Even if Your Voice Shakes (pt. 6) | by Pa Ikhide

  Here in my part of America, the leaves are falling, the heart stirs and I am restless. There are […]

Binyavanga Wainaina’s Granta Essay is Beautifully Experimental

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Binyavanga Wainaina has a new essay in Granta‘s latest travel issue. The title of the essay is “Everything Was Suddening […]

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 […]

Namwali Serpell on the Beauty and Uses of Being an Outsider

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Some of you may remember Namwali Serpell as the 2015 winner of the Caine Prize for African Writing. She teaches […]

A Shared Sea: Tsitsi Dangarembga and Zora Neale Hurston | By Salimah Valiani

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  Tsitsi Dangarembga’s 1988 novel, Nervous Conditions, the story of Tambudzai, other girl-children, and women of Babamukuru’s family in 1970s […]

Love Stories from Africa | Read the New Anthology Celebrating Love and Romance

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  The annual release of a Valentine stories anthology has become a tradition of sorts, something exciting to look forward […]