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Ethnic Hate Speech: Statement from Concerned Nigerian Writers

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In the light of recent developments in the ever-volatile Nigerian political space, 27 writers, some of them among the best-known in the country, have put out a joint statement condemning hate speech across ethnic lines. * We, the undersigned Nigerian writers, view with grave concern the dominance of ethnic incendiary speech in our country. We […]

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Leila Aboulela Headlines 2017 Kaduna Book and Arts Festival

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Hold on, Ake Festival. KABAFEST is here! Yes, we are delighted to announce the inaugural edition of the Kaduna Book & Arts Festival (KABAFEST). It will take place on 5-8 July 2017 at the Gusau Institute in Kaduna State. The government of Kaduna State, the Book Buzz Foundation, and the Gusau Institute are joining hands […]

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Rwanda’s Huza Press Prize for Fiction Releases Longlist

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The longlist for Rwanda’s 2016 Huza Press Prize for Fiction is out, and there are twenty writers on it. The short stories features are written in both English and French. The US$1,000 Huza Press Prize, described by James Murua as “Rwanda’s most prestigious,” is in its second year and has on its roll call of […]

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The 2016 NLNG Prize Shortlist is a Win for Nigerian Publishers

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Each passing day brings us closer to finding out who will win Africa’s richest prize. 173 authors initially submitted their work for a chance to win the 100,000 dollar NLNG Prize for Literature. Under the review of a panel of judges led by Prof. Dan Izevbaye, 11 authors survived the first round of selection. The longlist has been […]

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My Experience at the ANA/Yusuf Ali Creative Writing Workshop | by Tochukwu Okafor

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I’d sent in my application months before. It was an excerpt about a houseboy taken away from his parents to live with a wicked Madam in Lagos. In it, I sought to critique a society where house-helps were perceived as lesser human beings, one in which the idea that all-house-helps-are-evil-and-deserve-serious-beatings is conventional. Few weeks later, […]

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ANA Rolls Out Workshop for Aspiring Writers in Nigerian Universities

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The Association of Nigerian Authors has always provide opportunities for training to aspiring writers. The ANA/Yusuf Ali Creative Writing Workshop—targeted at university students— is one of its most recent initiatives. “Twenty students from tertiary institutions in Nigeria, who have the potential to be fine writers, have been selected from nearly a hundred entries received during the submissions […]

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Sudanese Writers Union Banned | Read Solidarity Message from Nigerian Authors

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African writers are standing up for each other. In a statement issued this morning, the Association of Nigerian Authors condemned the recent banning of the Sudanese Writers Union by the government. Read the the statement below: Statement by ANA: In Support of Sudanese Writers Union On the 29th of January, 2015 the Government of the Republic of […]

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Book Spotlight | A Fly Girl by Amanda Epe | Synopsis and Interview

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It’s always nice to introduce you guys to new African writing, especially those published independently or by small presses. Here is A Fly Girl by Amanda Epe, a Nigerian writer based in the UK. In the novel, Ms. Epe documents a series of travel narratives inspired by her experience as a British Airways stewardess. How intriguing is 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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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 […]