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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. And if Junior is not there, it belongs to Chuka.”   Mama Junior worshipped God in truth and in spirit. She wasn’t always that devoted to the Christian God until she left her husband’s home […]

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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; its cruelty; and its implausibility. I didn’t get this sort of welcome in Lagos; I got it in the faraway North, Kano. I was thirteen. We (my two younger brothers, my mum and I) lived […]

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Mondays Are for Secrets | by Munene | African Fiction

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ON A MONDAY in February, father came home. He had been gone for seven years. He left on a Saturday when I was six years old for a business trip and did not come home till that day. The guise of a business trip had worked for a few years but at some point it […]

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Let Flow The Water | by Wanjala Njalale | African Fiction

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KICKING THE BOYS out of the house felt like turning against my own men on the battlefield. A strong element of betrayal and dishonor projected itself. Seeking redemption, I fled down the road to the bar; a dim one-story building nestled between a drug store and a meat shop. The interior flashed with new paint […]

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World in Ruins | By Vasily Mikhailovich Doestovski | African Poetry

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Today, I saw day, Turn to night. I saw blood, From my sister’s vagina, Streaming down her… Her precious thighs. I saw Father, With a rod in hand, He had struck Mother twice and, Was going for the third. I saw Brother, He lay still—heart stopped Six shiny golden objects pumped into his body. Blood […]

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An Upstanding Citizen | by Elfreda Tetteh | African Fiction

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In the morning, there is an urgent knocking on my door. I wake up with a start, stare into the darkness for a second, and check the time. 5 a.m. Annoyed, I drag my feet and open it to see my father beckoning me outside. “It’s not even 6 o’clock yet—,” I start, scratching my […]

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Love’s Death Call | by Naana Antwi-Larbi | African Fiction

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Her messages usually came at 9:00 a.m., 4:00 p.m. and then after 9:00 p.m. Every day without fail. I wondered what job she did, why she chose those hours. What arrangement they had. Tuesday, August 14th, 4:00 p.m.: Miss your fingers. I can almost still feel them inside me. Can’t wait to see you this […]

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Birth Control | By Linda Yohannes | An African Story

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NATURE WAS largely untouched in Hamusit—a large village in remote northern Ethiopia. It was thatch-roofed huts that sparsely dotted the open land. Technology or modern life was absent, in a way that made the people seem vulnerable, in a good way, and made the visitor from the city feel an instinctual envy. Adanech was walking […]

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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 […]