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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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Read an Excerpt of Yaa Gyasi’s $1-Million Debut Novel

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In the spring of 2014, G.P. Putnam’s Sons paid a whooping million dollars to acquire Yaa Gyasi’s debut manuscript. The news caused a lot of excitement in the global publishing industry, especially, here in the African literary community. Gyasi was born in Ghana but grew up predominantly in the US. She was inspired to write […]

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According to Prof. | by Hamza Moshood | An African Story

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Stepping out of the main hall, you walk into the lobby of the conference centre. Here, you pause for a minute to reflect on all that was discussed at the conference. In truth, you did not fully grasp all that was discussed. A week ago too, when you saw the poster that announced this event, you […]

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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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#TBT | An Ode to Makeup | The Full Transcript of Chimamanda Adichie’s Wellesley Speech

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Our #TBT feature this week is Chimamanda Adichie’s Wellesley speech. Two years ago, Adichie gave the commencement speech at Wellesley […]

The Impossibly Dapper Novelist: A Look at Alain Mabanckou’s Style File

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From Chimamanda Adichie’s widely-publicized made-in-Nigeria wardrobe to Teju Cole’s Ikire Jones scarves to Prof Ato Quayson’s fedora hats, fashion and […]

Keeping Up With African Writers: Aminatta Forna

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  Among writers of her generation, Aminatta Forna belongs in the higher ranks of critical acclaim. With her work translated […]

Why Maaza Mengiste Threw Away the First Draft of Her Second Novel

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Maaza Mengiste might have just one novel published so far, in 2010, but she is one of the most visible […]

Chimamanda Adichie at City of Columbia’s Books In Bloom Festival | By Arao Ameny

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The city of Columbia, Maryland—a city located midway between Washington D.C. and Baltimore—hosted its first literary festival ‘Books in Bloom’ […]

Leila Aboulela Headlines 2017 Kaduna Book and Arts Festival

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Hold on, Ake Festival. KABAFEST is here! Yes, we are delighted to announce the inaugural edition of the Kaduna Book […]