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Portrait of Us as Snow White | Two Poems by Theresa Lola

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    Portrait of Us as Snow White We inherited black holes for eyes, so light was the benchmark we measured the beauty of skin against. We sat in our dorm room and discussed who the fairest of all was. The Igbo girls claimed they could be cast as foreign as long as the sun […]

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#LetRomeoBreathe: How Young Nigerian Writers Pushed Back against Violent Homophobia

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It began hours after the Brunel Prize was awarded to Romeo Oriogun on 2 May. Amidst the explosion of cheers, certain posts began to surface. On a few personal blogs. On social media. They all had the same tone, of suspicion, of irritation, of desperation, of anger. Word spreading was this: Someone had won an […]

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Learning the Gag Reflex | By Logan February | Poetry

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Love does not want this body, this mouth, toothless maw, hanging open & belonging to nobody’s son. The father died & I became nobody. In Yoruba, a father is a name & the left hand is taboo. One cannot offer water with the left hand or sleep facing upward. At night, a witch will sit […]

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Anonymous | Two Poems by Hauwa

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anonymous   in a blanklet, muffled like shame or oxygen in an inhaler: a woman balled into the size of anguish   —small and infinitely boundless still—   a stream of fire running directly beneath her skin.   her thighs too are pressed into a man’s memory, the memory that was not first a moment. […]

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Monuments | By Ademola Enoch | Poetry

An old tree stump, showing its age.

I stumble on an old man, returning from a cathedral. His eyes are ropes that pull me into him, urging me to see his existence from his vantage: a mountain as high as the heels of his shoes. He smiles at me but I am reminded of loss; an opera – of bones, dismembered affection, […]

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Wind | By Ayoola Goodness | Poetry

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because of you i have learnt how to make rainbows with my eyes. my eyes tossing the sun. but they do not last. the sun burns my eyes. i hear your name in the wind. i want to pick it. i pick your name. like magic. cold. it slips through the spaces between my fingers. […]

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Lantern Heads | By Wanjala Njalale | Poetry

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The sea bent to a certain wind. The fishermen said there were souls Buried beneath the water, Sobbing and stretching out their hands to murder. There was a way around all these. Music soothed them. It bought time. The fishermen offered sacrifices; Sometimes human sacrifices To keep the sea gods calm: A bunch of mad […]

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Insomnia, Owls, Ramblings | Two Poems by Frank Eze

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Insomnia, Owls, Ramblings the weight of the street has broken my bones pulled all parts away fiercely from their joints like doors from hinges my skin reeks of grilled meat mixed with the flavour of phlegm that fell freely like raindrops on the streets it’s nighttime and i feel the weight of the world in […]

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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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EVENT: Afridiaspora Magazine to Host Zukiswa Wanner in New York

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A few days after the African Literature Association (ALA) Festival at Yale University, another event is upon us. Afridiaspora magazine […]

Fiston Mwanza Mujila’s Tram 83 Wins the 2017 Internationaler Literaturpreis Award in Germany

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Congo’s Fiston Mwanza Mujila has won the 2017 Internationaler Literaturpreis Award for the German translation of his first novel Tram 83. […]

With His 20th Book, Jose Eduardo Agualusa Is the First African to Win the International Dublin Literary Award

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Angola’s Jose Eduardo Agualusa has won the 2017 International Dublin Literary Award for his novel A General Theory of Oblivion, […]

#TBT | An Ode to Makeup | The Full Transcript of Chimamanda Adichie’s Wellesley Speech

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Our #TBT feature this week is Chimamanda Adichie’s Wellesley speech. Two years ago, Adichie gave the commencement speech at Wellesley […]

The Impossibly Dapper Novelist: A Look at Alain Mabanckou’s Style File

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From Chimamanda Adichie’s widely-publicized made-in-Nigeria wardrobe to Teju Cole’s Ikire Jones scarves to Prof Ato Quayson’s fedora hats, fashion and […]

Keeping Up With African Writers: Aminatta Forna

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  Among writers of her generation, Aminatta Forna belongs in the higher ranks of critical acclaim. With her work translated […]