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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 style have become a new mode of self-expression among African literary figures. They effortlessly blend literary success and a love for style. In so doing, these writers have transformed the idea of the public intellectual into […]

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The Weight of Silence | By Abubakar Adam Ibrahim | Fiction

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  Do you believe in karma or do you call it something else, like kismet or qadr or providence? Or have you, over the years, along with your inexplicable taste for self-destruction, acquired a penchant for dismissing such things as incidental, as has become fashionable? Did you ever imagine, even in your wildest dreams, and […]

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Bessie Head’s Gesture of Madness | By Hugo kaCanham | Essay

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Brittle Paper recently published a feature on Bessie Head’s 1991 collection of letters, A Gesture of Belonging. In that essay, Ainehi Edoro took me back to two years ago when Bessie’s letters were the centre of my life. Her story reads like that of my grandmother, my mother and many black women that I know. Her […]

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PHOTOS | Yale University Awards Ngugi wa Thiong’o an Honorary Degree

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Yale University awarded Ngugi wa Thiong’o an honorary degree last month during its 316th graduation ceremony. This news really warms our hearts. Ngugi is an award winning writer. He is no stranger to accolades. He has earned countless number of them in his 50-year career as a writer. But when you’ve achieved as much as Ngugi […]

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The Girl Comes Back with Fire in Her Chest | 3 Poems by Titilope Sonuga

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These poems are from my forthcoming collection, This is How We Disappear, which explores the physical and psychological disappearance of women and girls in Nigeria. It is horrifying to consider what it means for almost 300 girls to go missing for 3 years, what they have endured and the other ways they have had to vanish […]

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Holy Sex is Obinna Udenwe’s New Novella About the Nigerian Church as an Erotic Space

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We are delighted to bring you a new and exciting work of fiction: Holy Sex: A Nigerian Church Erotica by Obinna Udenwe. Holy Sex is Brittle Paper’s first foray into the world of book publishing—well, e-book, at least for now. Holy Sex is a dark and humorous tale that breaks the silence around the Nigerian church as […]

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African Literary Digest: 9 Must-Reads from March, 2017

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Every month, we compile a list of reads from around the Internet that we find illuminating. For January, we chose eight pieces. For February, we picked fourteen pieces. For March, we have settled on nine. They include fiction pieces that we believe are among the best we will see this year, essays that are strong contributions […]

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6 Things To Expect Now That Adichie Is “Personally” on Facebook

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For those who haven’t noticed, Chimamanda Adichie now posts things by herself on Facebook. Her fan page, with 811,313 likes at the moment of writing, has always been manned by her publishers. At John Hopkins University recently, she described social media’s tendency to allow a “casual crossing of personal boundaries” between strangers, something she is […]

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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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Ikhide Ikheloa Expresses Concerns Over the 2017 Kaduna Book and Arts Festival

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The inaugural edition of The Kaduna Book and Arts Festival was announced a week ago. Read here if you missed […]

On Fragility and the Dynamics of Gay Love in Fiction | Interview with Arinze Ifeakandu, 2017 Caine Prize Shortlistee | By Ebenezer Agu

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Arinze Ifeakandu is the first writer published by Brittle Paper before his shortlisting to be recognized by the Caine Prize. We […]

An Almost Year for the Caine Prize: 6 Records That Were Not Broken | By Nkiacha Atemnkeng

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In 2017, several Caine Prize records almost got broken. But one did get broken. Sixty-five-year-old Sudanese Bushra al-Fadil is the […]

Ngugi’s Tribute to Memory | Review of Ngugi wa Thiong’o’s Birth of a Dream Weaver | By Kọ́lá Túbọ̀sún

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Title: Birth of a Dream Weaver: A Writer’s Awakening Author: Ngugi wa Thiong’o Publisher: The New Press Year: 2016 Where […]

A Tenderer Blessing | By Otosirieze Obi-Young | Fiction

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  THE university campus in Nsukka was full of ixora, and it was beside one of the trimmed hedges in […]

Yaa Gyasi’s Homegoing Is Mandatory Reading for Stanford University Freshers

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Yaa Gyasi’s multigenerational novel Homegoing is now mandatory reading for freshers at her alma mater, Stanford University. The heavy-hitting first […]