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Ngugi wa Thiongo Says Nobel Prize “Would Be Validating But Not Essential”

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Each year, Ngugi wa Thiongo’s readers and fans await the announcement of the Nobel Prize for Literature with bated breath— hoping that their beloved literary icon would snag the coveted award. Even though each passing year indicates that the Nobel Prize committee is moving further and further away from big-name literary figures, his fans remain […]

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Adichie, Selasi, Teju Cole, and Others Share their Favorite 2016 Books

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2016 is coming to an end and, as is their tradition, The Guardian UK has asked some of the globe’s top writers to pick their favorite books of the year. It is a rich and interesting list. Among those naming their favorites are Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie who picked Ngugi wa Thiong’o’s memoir Birth of  Dream Weaver, Taiye Selasi […]

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Confirmed! | Teju Cole’s New Book Set for 2016 Release

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According to Entertainment Weekly, the wait for Teju Cole’s new book is almost over. A collection of essays titled Known and Strange Things hits the stands in 2016. If you were wondering, Cole is staying with his old publishers, Random House, for this new publication. Open City, which came out in 2012, is his last […]

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Ghost of Ancestors Past: An Imaginary Conversation Between Adichie and Fagunwa

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It was raining the afternoon Chimamanda had the extraordinary experience of meeting a Nigerian novelist long dead.  She had just found a place to hide from the rain and was frantically searching her handbag for her phone so she could check for new posts on Bellanaija.  Just then she felt a tap on her shoulder, […]

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Video | “Adichie’s Metaphysical Empire”? Ngugi Interviewed on BBC’s Hardtalk

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To write or not to in an African language. 40 years later, that is the question still bugging Ngugi wa Thiongo. In this video, he speaks on the place of language and translation in contemporary African fiction while being interviewed by  Gavin Esler of Hardtalk Extra, the art-centered version of the popular BBC talk show […]

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EVENT: Ngugi wa Thiong’o Headlining Royal African Society’s Africa Writes

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In anticipation of Kenya’s 50th anniversary of independence, the Royal African Society and the British Library are teeming up to host an East Africa flavored Africa Writes. Ngugi Wa Thiong’o is headlining the literary festival alongside a line up of novelists from the East Africa region. There’ll be panel discussions, book launches, poetry and musical performances and […]

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The Irreverent Critic: Interview with Ikhide Ikheloa

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It is inappropriate to judge African writing with the poverty porn that is hawked for profit by writers like Uwem Akpan and Chris Abani. — Ikhide Ikheloa Two weeks ago, I emailed Nigerian literary critic, Ikhide Ikheloa, a list of questions that covered everything from African publishing to sex in African novels. Read and enjoy his deeply reflective […]

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“Not Fair Ainehi:” A Brittle Paper Reader Talks Back

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We might be uninteresting – a vanishing race – but the final implosion will carry the world along. —-Selali Last week, I made an outrageous Brittle Post in which I spoke rather disparagingly of the novel. I scoffed at it, laughed at it, and called its readers a vanishing race. Here is the piece: Ranting […]

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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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Sarah Waiswa and Farah Ahamed Named Co-winners of the 2017 Gerald Kraak Award

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The Ugandan-born Kenya-based photographer Sarah Waiswa and the Kenyan writer Farah Ahamed have been named co-winners of the inaugural Gerald […]

When We Talk about Kintu | By Ellah Wakatama Allfrey

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When Kwani? launched its Manuscript Project competition in 2012 the stated aim was to find the best unpublished novels by […]

“The Great Ugandan Novel” | Aaron Bady Hails Jennifer Makumbi’s Kintu

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Since its 2014 publication, Jennifer Makumbi’s Kintu has raced its way to hit status. Divided into six parts, the novel “reimagines […]

Judges Unveiled for the Black Letter Media Short Story Competition

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Black Letter Media has released the three-person list of judges for the 2017 edition of its short story competition. The judges […]

A Mosaic of Torn Places | Read the New Diverse Anthology of Young Nigerian Writers

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A Mosaic of Torn Places, the latest anthology of young writers out of Nigeria, collects ten stories of poignant diversity. […]

A Narrative of Home and Longing | Review of Inua Ellams’ #Afterhours | By Billie McTernan

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In his new anthology-cum-diary-cum-memoir, #Afterhours, Nigerian poet Inua Ellams features a collection of poems written in-response to a well-considered selection […]