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Announcing the Brittle Paper Literary Awards: The Shortlists

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August 1, 2017 was Brittle Paper‘s seventh anniversary. In celebration of this milestone, we are launching the Brittle Paper Literary Awards, to recognize the finest, original pieces of African writing published online. The awards come in five categories: Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction, Essays/Think Pieces, and the Anniversary Award for works published on our blog. The winners in the fiction, […]

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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 to buy: Amazon *** “We did not know (that) we lived in Paradise… This paradise could only refer to the Makerere of the 1950s and early 1960s. It was not just its location on a […]

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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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Tope Folarin’s LA Review Essay is a Race and Matatu “Dream” with Ngugi and Venus Williams

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2013 Caine Prize winner Tope Folarin has a new essay in the Los Angeles Review of Books. The piece, titled “An Architect of Dreams: On Ngugi wa Thiong’o’s Devil on the Cross,” touches upon a number of diverse topics including Venus Williams, dreams, racism, matatu, barbershops, and of course, Ngugi wa Thiong’o. Folarin’s keen eye […]

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14 Best Quotes from Ngugi’s Johannesburg Lecture on Reviving African Languages

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Ngugi wa Thiongo was recently hosted by the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg where he gave a rousing lecture on African languages. Cameroonian philosopher and political theorist Achille Mbembe was at the event and said on Facebook that “the atmosphere in the Great Hall was electric.” He also reports that there was over 1000 people […]

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On Ngugi | by Moyosore Orimoloye | African Poetry

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  Ngugi, the Kenyan griot, sat us down one cold evening at Kuto and told us about the day Silone said our savage languages had no more than two or three words in vocabulary. Ngugi told us he sprung to his feet like Amalinze the cat, to defend us, to defend these packets of rhythm […]

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Ake Festival Journal | Day 3 | by Nmadiuto Uche

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Surprises. That is what I would remember the last day of the Ake Festival for. I was surprised to discover during the first book chat that the author of Lights Point Noire, Alain Mabanckou, has been exiled from his home country of Congo (Brazzaville) for more than six months and counting. Who would have thought […]

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The Best Twitter Reactions to Jalada’s Reinvention of African Language Fiction

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Last week, Jalada released a translation issue that instantly caused widespread uproar (of joy). The pan-African literary collective took one of Ngugi wa Thiongo’s short stories written in Kikuyu and proceeded to translate it into not one, two, three but 33 different languages, the majority of which were African languages. This officially makes Ngugi’s story, titled […]

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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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The Brittle Paper Literary Awards: New Date for the Announcement of Winners

The announcement of the winners of the inaugural Brittle Paper Literary Awards was scheduled for 23 September 2017. However, a change […]

The Reviews Are In! | Namwali Serpell Has High Praise for Jennifer Makumbi’s Kintu

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Jennifer Makumbi’s Kintu is one of the hit novels of 2017. A historical drama, it tells the story of an 18th […]

New Website Collects Everything Binyavanga Wainaina Has Written Since the Late 1990s

A new Website has collected everything published by Binyavanga Wainaina since his writing career began in the late 1990s. The […]

Opportunity for All Writers | Submit to Vanguard Literary Services’ HIV/AIDS Awareness Anthology

To mark the 2017 World HIV/AIDS Day on December 1, Vanguard Literary Services, a bookselling company in Nigeria, has called […]

The Graywolf Press Africa Prize Launches with Igoni A. Barrett as Judge

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A new award just dropped: the Graywolf Press Africa Prize, for “a first novel manuscript by an African author primarily residing […]

Nnedi Okorafor Celebrates Everyday African Life in New Superhero Comic

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A little over two years ago, South African Sci-fi writer Lauren Beukes collaborated with D. C. Comics on a Wonder […]