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Soft Notes and Love Notes | A Review of Odafe Atógun’s Taduno’s Song | By Kọ́lá Túbọ̀sún

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  Title: Taduno’s Song Author: Odafe Atógun Pages: 219 Publisher: Ouida Books/CanonGate Year: 2017 Where to buy: ouidabook.com and amazon Odafe Atógun will insist, when asked, that his debut novel Taduno’s Song is NOT a love story but a political one. He will insist, as he did during a book chat I had with him and […]

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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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Memoirs of a Lagos Wedding Planner | Episode 1: The Almost Wedding | by Tolulope Popoola

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My client and I had been planning this wedding for months. It was going to be a big affair, attended by the elite in society. Pearl had been dating her fiancé for five years, and she kept telling me how much he loved her. She told me the story of how they met and how […]

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The Spirit and The Chi | by T.J. Benson | An African Story

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The Chi of a young woman and the spirit of her late grandmother argued over who should take care of her. ‘There are many of you,’ asserted her Chi, ‘but there can only be one of me.’ ‘You didn’t give birth to her!’ screamed the dead old woman so that the night wind howled and […]

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Ordeal | by Farida Adamu | An African Story

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The kerosine lamp burnt dimly across the room.  Inusa sat with his legs wide apart after eating the oily jollof rice Maimuna had prepared. It was the fourth night since she was dragged like a goat to his house to become his wife. She had satisfied the hunger in his stomach. It will soon be time […]

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Meeting Adichie Inspired Her to Write Stories About Benin City | Interview with Dianah Aigiomawu | by Ainehi Edoro

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Dianah Aigiomawu’s story should be an inspiration to all aspiring writers out there. A few weeks ago, she had no book to her name. She shared excerpts of story drafts on Facebook and on her blog Dianah’s Place. That was about it. Today Aigiomawu is the author of a fine collection of stories titled We […]

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A Friendly Reading Match! | Photos from Lagos Literary Event Featuring Victor Ehikhamenor and Toni Kan

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Last Sunday, two celebrated figures in the Nigerian literary community went head to head in a bid to settle scores between fiction and non-fiction. Victor Ehikhamenor is an artist and essayist. Toni Kan is a Lagos-based fiction writer. In what many are calling an unusual literary event, they challenged each other in a reading duel hosted […]

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Notes from the Island | by Akumbu Uche | A Portrait of Lagos in Six Fragments

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{Tolu Talabi, this one is for you.} 176 The number of wooden placards encircling Falomo Roundabout. Painted on them are black silhouettes and red question marks where faces should be. Tied to the barricades protecting the flower beds, they have been here since May, under the rain and in the sun. A painful reminder that […]

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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 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 […]

Redemption | Andrew Aondosoo Labe | Poetry

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A Pastor says the devil landed here in ‘77. His broken legs can be seen in the twin-rivers. Three-eyed demons […]