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Nnedi Okorafor, Bibi Bakare-Yusuf Among TED Global 2017 Speakers

Nnedi Okorafor and Cassava Republic co-founder Bibi Bakare-Yusuf are among the speakers for the TED Global 2017 in Arusha, Tanzania. The 38-strong list also includes the lexicographer Yvonne Chioma Mbanefo, whose Okowaokwu Igbo Umuaka : Igbo Dictionary for Children became an Amazon bestseller a day after publication, alongside a formidable crop of thinkers in such fields as […]

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Nnedi Okorafor, Lauren Beukes, Sofia Samatar Named in Power List of Top Sci-Fi and Fantasy Authors

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Nnedi Okorafor, Lauren Beukes and Sofia Somatar have been listed in Entertainment Weekly‘s list of “27 Female Authors Who Rule Sci-Fi and Fantasy Now.” The list is a response to “a much-maligned National Review article, which dismissed the Bechdel Test and wrote off an absence of women in blockbuster films as a result of the […]

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Nnedi Okorafor’s Who Fears Death is Coming to HBO with Game of Thrones Author George Martin as Executive Producer

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We are trying not to loose our minds as we break this amazing news to you. Nnedi Okorafor’s novel, Who Fears Death, has been acquired by American media power house HBO. George R. R. Martin, the writer of the mega hit series Game Of Thrones, is the executive producer of the TV show. The news came early […]

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On Hidden Figures, Nnedi Okorafor’s Binti, and Ethnicity in Stories | by YetAnotherHero

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This isn’t an in-depth article or a traditional essay. It’s a post on reddit. But we love the connections it makes between Nnedi Okorafor’s Binti and Hidden Figures by Margo Lee Shetterfly. Those of you who are familiar with Okorafor’s three-part space odyssey titled Binti know that it stars an African girl who goes on […]

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Nnedi Okorafor Has a Star Wars Short Story Coming Out in October

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Random House’s sci-fi imprint, Del Rey, is releasing a collection of stories that explores the perspective of minor characters in the Star Wars saga. Okorafor is one of 40 writers invited to contribute to the anthology titled Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View. Here is what we know about Okorafor’s featured short story. In […]

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Nnedi Okorafor, Igoni Barrett, Tendai Huchu, Lesley Nneka, Ntone Edjabe Lead Inaugural Nommo Awards Shortlist of 19

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The shortlist for the inaugural Nommo Awards for Speculative Fiction by Africans has been released, and among the familiar names on the 19-strong list are: Hugo and World Fantasy Awards winner and 2015 Brittle Paper Literary Person of the Year Nnedi Okorafor, Cameroun’s Ntone Edjabe who is the founding editor of Chimurenga, Nigeria’s Africa 39 […]

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This Jellyfish Stole Nnedi Okorafor’s Heart and Inspired the Binti Trilogy

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The jellyfish in this picture stars in the cutest behind-the-scene story ever told in the history of African literature. We’ve always wondered why Nnedi Okorafor dedicated the first novel in the Binti Trilogy to a jellyfish she met in Khalid Lagoon. Who is this jellyfish? What so special about it? How come did it get to […]

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Dystopia Takes Centre Stage in Nnedi Okorafor’s Al Jazeera Interview

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Dystopian fiction has become increasingly popular among African readers. The success of such writers as Nnedi Okorafor, Khaled Towfik, Lauren Beukes, and Dayo Adewunmi Ntwari shows that African writers are responding to this interest. So when Al Jazeera held a talkshow featuring four artist exploring dystopian aesthetic forms: Ron Charles, Marie Lu, Fabrice Monteiro and […]

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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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Lesley Nneka Arimah Picked for the US National Book Foundation’s “5 Under 35” List

Lesley Nneka Arimah has been picked for the US National Book Foundation’s “5 Under 35” list of 2017, on the […]

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On 30 June, we published Work Naija: The Book of Vocations, an anthology of writing and visual art that explores the […]

Zukiswa Wanner Calls Out Misogyny in South Africa, Kenya and Zimbabwe, Takes on Politicians and the Media

Zukiswa Wanner has called out misogyny in South Africa, Kenya and Zimbabwe, taking on politicians and the media in the […]

Dinaw Mengestu and Nadifa Mohamed Have New Work in Freeman’s Magazine

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Dinaw Mengestu and Nadifa Mohammed both have new fiction forthcoming in the new fourth issue of Freeman’s magazine. Titled “The Future […]

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 […]