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Brittle Paper Anniversary Event: “2010s: The Decade of African Literary Expansion” | A Conversation on Facebook

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  On August 1, 2017, Brittle Paper will be seven years old. To mark our anniversary, we are organising a series of events, among which are Facebook conversations with writers, editors and founders of literary initiatives. This is the first of our anniversary conversations. * The 2000s was a renaissance period in African literature, the blossoming of […]

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Africa in Dialogue Publishes e-Book of Gerald Kraak Award Interviews

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Gaamangwe Mogami, editor of Africa in Dialogue, has curated interviews with the twelve writers and photographers shortlisted for the 2017 Gerald Kraak Award. The interviews—with Farah Ahamed, Beyers de Vos, Sindiswa Busuku-Mathese, Dilman Dila, Justin Dingwall, Amatesiro Dore, Tania Haberland, Julia Hango, Dean Hutton, Otosirieze Obi-Young, Olakunle Ologunro, Ayodele Sogunro and Sarah Waiswa—are collected in an e-book titled Africa in Dialogue Interviews Gerald Kraak Award 2017 Shortlist. DOWNLOAD: Africa in […]

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Work Naija: The Book of Vocations | Powerful Mixed-Genre Anthology Explores the Idea of Work

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Brittle Paper is delighted to bring you Work Naija: The Book of Vocations. It is the second book in the ART NAIJA series, a literary project launched last year to craft concept-based anthologies exploring various aspects of Nigerian life, ideas, and artistic forms. It is also an attempt to put together a collection of exciting […]

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The Labours of the Months: Of Work and Its Refuseniks | By Rotimi Babatunde

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  In October 2016, we published Enter Naija: The Book of Places, an anthology of creative nonfiction, photography, poetry, digital art, fiction and commentary on Nigerian cities, designed to mark the country’s 56th Independence anniversary. Featuring 35 writers and visual artists, the anthology is edited by Otosirieze Obi-Young and introduced by Ikhide R. Ikheloa, and […]

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A Tenderer Blessing | By Otosirieze Obi-Young | Fiction

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  THE university campus in Nsukka was full of ixora, and it was beside one of the trimmed hedges in our Faculty of Arts, stoic, green tables with red blossoms, that Nnaemeka first spoke to me, igniting a friendship that will, as long as I breathe, remain an indelible part of my life. At first, […]

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Is He African Literature’s Greatest Linguistic Innovator? | The 5 Books of the Late Kojo Laing

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The Ghanaian writer Bernard Kojo Laing recently passed on. Born on 1 July 1946, in Kumasi, Ghana, he died on 20 April 2017, at age 70. And the tributes have been effusive, even if they haven’t been as many as there should, which is worrying given that he was, as noted in The Johannesburg Review, […]

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As Sales Approach the Million Mark, Is Americanah Now Adichie’s Signature Novel?

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A few days ago, Adichie’s third novel Americanah won New York City’s “One Book, One New York” initiative, which is aimed at getting all New Yorkers to simultaneously read a particular book. New York City and its metropolitan region has a population of 23 million, and even if only a fraction of that number goes […]

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Happy Birthday Binyavanga! | Six Writers on Binyavanga as Friend, Mentor, and Teacher

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Inspired by Lara Abiona’s beautiful birthday tribute to Binyavanga Wainaina here on Brittle Paper, we asked six writers—Linda Musita, Kiprop Kimutai, Saddiq M. Dzukogi, Arinze Ifeakandu, M.V. Sematlane, Otosirieze Obi-Young—to pen thank-you notes to a man who, in being a fearless pioneer, has made considerable impact on the African literary and cultural scene. ***   […]

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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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I Hear a Few More Things When Bob Dylan Says ‘a Hard Rain’s a-gonna Fall’ | Chisom Okafor | Poetry

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My father plays a song aloud on Sundays, that begins with ‘Where’ve you been my blue-eyed girl?’ We scream on […]

The 2017 Babishai Haiku Prize Goes to Kenya’s Kariuki wa Nyamu

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The 2017 Babishai Haiku Award has gone to Kenya’s Kariuki wa Nyamu for his three haikus: “last night’s rain,” “in the […]

Dreams, Remember Yesterday | Elizabeth Semende | Poetry

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Dreams: This hole is a grave where dreams toss and turn, Touch the wind and sway with it. See the […]

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s New Short Story Is All Love, Class and Multiculturalism

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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s new short story in Harper’s Bazaar, a brief one titled “How Did You Feel About It?,” is all […]

Translating Guinea-Bissau’s First English-Language Novel | by Jethro Soutar

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In June, we brought news of the publication of the first ever novel from Guinea-Bissau to be translated into Englis.  […]

Akwaeke Emezi’s Guide to Becoming a Successful Writer in 35 Tweets

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Last week, Akwaeke Emezi put on her life coach cape and dished out truths that every writer, artist, dreamer, and […]