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How Edwige-Renée Dro’s Abidjan Lit Collective Is Driving Literary Activism in Cote d’Ivoire

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Last month, Africa39 author Edwige-Renée Dro was interviewed by 2014 Caine Prize finalist and The Johannesburg Review contributing editor Efemia Chela. They discussed the Abidjan Lit collective and the movement it birthed in Cote d’Ivoire, a brand of literary activism aimed at “saying that in our country, Côte d’Ivoire, we read.” Other members of the collective are Sarah […]

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Caine Prize Shortlistee, Efemia Chela, Speaks on Writivism and Mentorship | Interviewed by Caleb Adebayo

Efemia Chela was one of the participants in the Writivism Mentorship Programme and attended the Writivism workshop in Cape Town this year. She was one of the shortlisted writers for the 2014 Caine Prize with her story Chicken, first published in Short Story Day Africa in Feast, Famine and Potluck. She spoke to Caleb Adebayo […]

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From Road Nipple to Eating Insects: Silly Things African Writers Only Say on Twitter

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 Nnedi Okorafor asks us to eat more insects. Taiye Selasi in Bikini. Zakes Mda is not impressed by Beyonce. Efemia Chela opines on Nikki Minaj’s anaconda dance. Sarah Lotz opens up on her “killer profile.”  Wainaina Binyavanga freaks out about a certain Nigerian delicacy. Ikhide Ikheloa is interested in “road’s nipples.” Don’t ask me what […]

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The Puzzling Business of Self-Invention — Review of Chela’s Caine Prize Story by Ainehi Edoro

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Here is the last of the Caine Prize story reviews. It’s been pretty amazing featuring reviews—of the shortlisted story—written by bloggers and writers of note in the African literary community:  Orem Ochiel’s review of Oduor’s “My Father’s Head” , Richard Ali’s review of Diane Awerbuck’s “Phosphorescence” , Aaron Bady’s review of Billy Kahora’s story , Kola Tubosun’s review of Tendai Huchu’s “Intervention”  […]

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Here’s What’s Cool About All Five Caine Prize Stories

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  Name: Okwiri Oduor Nationality: Kenyan Published Work: Dream Chaser (a novella) Interesting Fact: She’s a Nairobi gal through and through.  She’s working on her debut novel and teaches creative writing at her Nairobi alma mater. Caine Prize Story: “My Father’s Head” is about a woman who tries to draw a picture of her dead […]

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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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Lesley Nneka Arimah Picked for the US National Book Foundation’s “5 Under 35” List

Lesley Nneka Arimah has been picked for the US National Book Foundation’s “5 Under 35” list of 2017, on the […]

The Photographer as an Osprey | John “Lighthouse” Oyewale | Essay

On 30 June, we published Work Naija: The Book of Vocations, an anthology of writing and visual art that explores the […]

Zukiswa Wanner Calls Out Misogyny in South Africa, Kenya and Zimbabwe, Takes on Politicians and the Media

Zukiswa Wanner has called out misogyny in South Africa, Kenya and Zimbabwe, taking on politicians and the media in the […]

Dinaw Mengestu and Nadifa Mohamed Have New Work in Freeman’s Magazine

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Dinaw Mengestu and Nadifa Mohammed both have new fiction forthcoming in the new fourth issue of Freeman’s magazine. Titled “The Future […]

The Brittle Paper Literary Awards: New Date for the Announcement of Winners

The announcement of the winners of the inaugural Brittle Paper Literary Awards was scheduled for 23 September 2017. However, a change […]

The Reviews Are In! | Namwali Serpell Has High Praise for Jennifer Makumbi’s Kintu

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Jennifer Makumbi’s Kintu is one of the hit novels of 2017. A historical drama, it tells the story of an 18th […]