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Adichie’s Fans are Warming Our Hearts with these Dear Ijeawele Tributes

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In the spirit of the International Women’s Day Celebration, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie asked her fans, through her Facebook page, to post pictures of themselves holding placards containing captions from her new book, “Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestion.” The response was mind-blowing. The diversity of the people who responded testifies to the unifying […]

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Chimamanda Adichie Finally Addresses the Beyonce Feminism Controversy

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It all started when the Dutch newspaper de Volkskrant published the excerpt of an interview in which Adichie was quoted as saying: “Beyonce’s feminism is not my feminism.” Bait for Beyonce fans, bait for anti-feminists. The statement was widely read as Adichie throwing some serious shade on Beyonce. African social media communities erupted in a heated debate […]

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Letter To Every Girl | By Blessing Iyamadiken

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“To girls who say they do not care about feminism, I have only a few words for you. One day, you will be asked to shut up in an argument because you are a woman.”   I write this letter from a place of pain, pain so deep I can taste it. Why am I […]

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Christiana Mbakwe’s 34 Notes on Feminism

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We have Ikhide Ikheloa to thank for introducing us to Christiana Mbakwe, who he very aptly referred to as “Achebe’s Obierika in pumps.” A few weeks ago, she shared a series of tweets, in which she raised tough questions about feminism through the lens of a personal history that begins with her grand-mother. These 34 tweets amount […]

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I am a Feminist, Not Mere Ash | By Letlhogonolo Swaratlhe | African Poetry

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“…you had the kind of hands that moulds women into sad plots…”   Some households ask that you leave your shoes at the front door before you enter, My friend’s cousin asked that I do the same with my feminism. Did he not know that my knees no longer knew how to bow down to […]

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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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My Feminism | The Business of Beauty | by Ainehi Edoro

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Chimamanda Adichie is endlessly inspiring. It is a beautiful thing that one of the most powerful figures of contemporary feminism is an African woman. It is history making, and it is empowering. Between her viral TED videos and her collaboration with Beyonce, she has single handedly brought feminism from the cold dark halls of the […]

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A Truth Best Told | By Priyam | Poetry

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…you are going to change the world…and it shall not be owing to the beauty of your face, or of your body, but to the words that your intellect conjures out of vacuity. *** What do you do when the one person in the whole world that is supposed to tell you that you are beautiful doesn’t […]

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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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Joe Okonkwo’s Jazz Moon Is a Finalist for the 2017 LAMBDA Literary Awards

When Joe Okonkwo’s debut novel, Jazz Moon, came out last year, we covered it in an interview. Now, we are excited […]

Nigerian Author Tolulope Popoola Is Featured in Lancôme Beauty Campaign

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Some of you may know Popoola as the author of Brittle Paper’s wedding story series titled Memoirs of a Lagos […]

Namwali Serpell’s The New Yorker Essay Reveals the Satire in Zambia’s “Afronaut” Legend

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Last week, The New Yorker published a heavily-researched essay by Namwali Serpell in its Culture Desk section. Titled “The Zambian […]

Being Black | By Hanna Ali | Poetry

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  Part 1 My skin takes three sessions on the sunbed to achieve It’s hard to perfect the darkness surrounding […]

Oh! Rape | By Saloko Blessing | Poetry

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you ripped off her innocence, made her recoil into a shell of shame and pain, made her throw away the […]

Call For Submission | Anthology of Queer Nigerian Art Vol. 2

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Following the success of We Are Flowers, the Nigeria-based creative collective called 14 is planning a new edition. Like the debut […]