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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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8 Reasons Why Romeo Oriogun’s Brunel International Poetry Prize Win is Truly Remarkable

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Romeo Oriogun has been awarded the 2017 Brunel International African Poetry Prize. The judges chose him because of his “beautiful and passionate writing on masculinity and desire in the face of LGBT criminalisation and persecution.” Founded by the renowned critic Bernadine Evaristo, the prize is a collaboration between Brunel University, London and Commonwealth Writers. Here […]

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Congrats to Romeo Oriogun, the Second Brittle Paper Poet To Win the Brunel International Prize

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Nigeria’s Romeo Oriogun has been awarded, in what was a unanimous decision, the 2017 Brunel International African Poetry Prize, for his “beautiful and passionate writing on masculinity and desire in the face of LGBT criminalisation and persecution.” And here is part of our excitement: we have published six of Romeo’s poems—the most recent being last […]

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Documenting the Beauty and Battles in Queer Bodies | Q&A with Romeo Oriogun, 2017 Brunel International Poetry Prize Shortlistee

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Romeo Oriogun was recently shortlisted for the 2017 Brunel International Poetry Prize. We published his “Metamorphosis” in June of 2016 and his “The Final Portrait of a Dead Artist” in February of this year. Raw, sensuous and disarmingly beautiful, his poetry explores LGBTIQ experiences in a violently homophobic Nigeria. Over email, we had a question […]

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Brunel International Poetry Prize Unveils 2017 Shortlist of Ten

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Ten poets have been named on the 2017 shortlist of Brunel University’s International African Poetry Prize. The announcement was made in a statement published on the official website of the prize. The £3,000 prize, co-sponsored by Commonwealth Writers, is in its fifth year and is “aimed at the development, celebration and promotion of poetry from Africa.” […]

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Call For Submission | Anthology of Queer Nigerian Art Vol. 2

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Following the success of We Are Flowers, the Nigeria-based creative collective called 14 is planning a new edition. Like the debut edition, the new issue, set for publication in August, explores various aspects of LGBTQ life. The theme for this year’s anthology is Sex! See below for more details on how to submit your work. The […]

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The Final Portrait of A Dead Artist | By Romeo Oriogun | Poetry

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“…the smell of turpentine fills the air as he paints the sea into a man.”   I hear it from afar, the thought coming thread by thread into a new city and this time it is Benin, a city of blood cuddled with mother’s breath. I know I should leave this city, this life, this […]

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Metamorphosis | by Romeo Oriogun | African Poetry

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& the voice is a lost bird embedded in a boy like a word stranded between pages. He said flee from the heat wrecking your body, and you ran to a place where water running over pebbles is a whisper of wildness, where lost birds are boys hiding their heads under wings as they touch […]

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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 […]