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The River God | By Olufunmilola | A Story

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“The tide began to rise, and with it, the level of the water. The river banks began to overflow into the settlement. Water flowed through the roads and snaked between the houses.” *** It was beautiful that evening, the sun hung high, a giant red ball against a backdrop of orange and light blue sky. […]

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One Day I Will Write About This City in Flowery Words | By Basit Jamiu | A Memoir

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  “Forgive me if what has seemed little to you, to me is all.” Jose Saramago *** THE FIRST TIME I watched a scene in October 1, that brilliant movie by Kunle Afolayan, where one of the characters vehemently made a remark that he was the one who constructed the Lokoja road but Awolowo and […]

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Greying | by Ama Udofa | African Poetry

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  When death wrung the lights out of your eyes, dear child, Mother nature became dumb— struck by the acres of silence between us. The clouds have since turned grey and horizons now bleed. Light rays are trapped in dusty dusks And the skies weep. Our history has become history, memories greyed Into nothingness. Our […]

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The Enigma of Arrival and the Afternoon by Giorgio de Chirico

W. G. Sebald is one of my favorite novelists, so is V. S. Naipaul. It’s always nice when you see a writer you love take form in another writer you are meeting for the first time. That’s the way I felt on first reading Naipaul’s Enigma of Arrival (excerpt HERE) right after Sebald’s Rings of Saturn […]

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POW! WOW!: How Do You Imagine Africa?

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There’s been much talk about Everyday Africa, a Tumblr photo journal of Ivorians as they go about their ordinary everyday tasks. The photos in the collection are captivating even as they make the simple claim that Africa need not be thought of as exceptionally bad or good. Africa just is. When I think about it like […]

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LOST IN AFRICA: Hegel

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The first time I had a copy of Hegel’s writing on Africa in my hands and read it, I was struck by how short it was. A few pages only. Clearly, Hegel did not want to think of Africa for much longer than he needed to. One can’t really fault him. He had his eyes […]

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Painting the White in White History

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Get past the somewhat presumptuous and oddly ambitious airs of the title, The History of White People, and you will find a genuinely absorbing book. In the book, Neil Painter uproots whiteness from its default position as the colorless race, as the invisible pallet against which all other races are defined as colored and places […]

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The Enchantment of Beginnings

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The enchantment of beginnings is as empty as the alchemist’s promise. With all the different anniversaries—birthday, independence day, wedding anniversaries, etc.— it is clear that you have a thing for beginnings. But why? Why do you always think that the question about how it all began is the most important question? You are familiar with […]

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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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Boubacar Boris Diop, Basma Abdel Aziz and Abdellatif Laabi Longlisted for the 2017 Best Translated Book Prize

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Thirty-five books have been named on the fiction and poetry longlists of the 2017 Best Translated Book Prize. On the […]

Holding Memories | By Wale Ayinla | Poetry

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i held your tongue thinking it would reveal how a sea runs into a boat where you lay on breasts […]

Afrobeat Broke My Heart | By Kanyinsola Olorunnisola | Poetry

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Sometimes I wake up and my body tastes like rum; that is how you know I have gone looking for […]

Loving From Diaspora | By Tega Oghenechovwen | Fiction

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“He told her Nigeria was not where one comes back to just like that, that someone had to die at […]

You Sing of a Leaving | By JK Anowe | Poetry

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we were together, i forget the rest. – Walt Whitman it wasn’t a metaphor when i said i’d give you […]

The Love Walk and One Other Story | By Uzoma Ihejirika | Flash Fiction

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THE LOVE WALK He likes to think this was the kind of love they shared, a love he is yet […]