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Memories Mama Made | By Azu-Ume Emmanuel | Poetry

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Mama says memories are wrappers – She ties them. She said memories are babies – She’s had them. I was her fourth ‘memory’ – The one that came to her under the Niger bridge, When a car with three men skidded off the rails And the drowning men she came to rescue Found her body […]

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The Box of Memories | By Victoria Naa Takia Nunoo | Fiction

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  “And you watch movies made from these books…and in this one, a man literally unwraps a woman like a candy. She turns and turns and twirls until the removing is done.” February, 2017 You set your phone to sleep after thirty seconds of inactivity, and with a touch of the power button, a collection […]

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The Things I Keep Remembering | By Adedayo Adeyemi Agarau | Poetry

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is that, we burn the world, from here, with our smell of smoke, like incenses cutting corners to find a room in the clouds. we make songs a little more than a collection of notes. sometimes, it is how we say a prayer for my brother & my mother & the names of the boys […]

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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 this is how lovers’ days are measured break the silence that sits silently on nights the moon is a stranger walk your fears on the lips of shadows let them watch you sleeping on a […]

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Home | By Kingsley Charles | African Poetry

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“A turbulent awakening of memory.” ***   Home is… A haven of cherubs serenading, Skylarking, Like daffodils in the golden Sunlight. Home is… The bridge of companionship, Of camaraderie, Severed by the rift Of distance. Home is… The windowsill overlooking The horizon, With rose-tinted glasses. A dreamer’s niche. Home is… Deja vu. A rebirth of […]

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Life after Ake Festival Is a Drab Thing | By Ogbu Godwin Ikechukwu | A Memoir

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…but the powerful memories of Ake Festival, like a good old film, come at me, and I am too weak to fight them off.   TODAY is my first day at work after attending the 2016 Ake Arts and Book Festival. My mind is not here. I move about to distract myself but my mind […]

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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 […]