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#CainePrize2017 | Review of Arinze Ifeakandu’s “God’s Children Are Little Broken Things” | By Kelechi Njoku

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As you probably already know, the Caine Prize for African Writing shortlist is out. It’s created quite a lot of buzz and excitement in the last few days. While we are still celebrating with the shortlistees, we also think it’s time to get serious and talk about these stories. Are they any good? What is […]

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Binyavanga Wainaina’s Granta Essay Is Beautifully Experimental

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Binyavanga Wainaina has a new essay in Granta‘s latest travel issue. The title of the essay is “Since Everything Was Suddening into a Hurricane.” Binyavanga writes about his experience with stroke and his journey to Nairobi— accompanied by his lover—to patch things up with his father. We haven’t had an essay from Binyavanga in a […]

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14: An Anthology of Queer Art | Vol. 1: We are Flowers

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The 13th of January is an unfortunate day in Nigeria’s history. It marks one of the nation’s greatest human rights failures. On that day in 2014, Nigeria gave homophobia full legal recognition in the form of a law that made any kind of same-sex sexual act a crime that could be punished with as much […]

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That Time Before Before | by Francesca O. Ekwuyasi | An African Story

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Dear Freya, Do you remember the time that your stepmother walked in on us? God, the humiliation. There was something about that night, though. I felt more connected to you than before. I wanted to talk about it, but I felt a bit daft, blathering on and on afterwards while you smoked and smiled and […]

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Joy | By Amatesiro Dore | A Queer African Poem

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Joy born into sorrow Not by choice or the will of men But the love in his heart made him gay Fellow men said Joy made God sad Cos his love was male Joy goes to hell A room filled with hate For brothers loving brothers Shower him shame Heaped with hate Mangle his mind […]

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The Soundtrack of a Memory | by Nnamdi Ibeanusi

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The old man sits in the bathtub and hums a calming tune, his thoughts lost among the white foams. The heady scent of lavender shampoo is suspended in the air, but it’s been tempered by the severe odors of the old man’s medicated body oils. The majestic blue of the waking sky, punctuated here 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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Sarah Waiswa and Farah Ahamed Named Co-winners of the 2017 Gerald Kraak Award

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The Ugandan-born Kenya-based photographer Sarah Waiswa and the Kenyan writer Farah Ahamed have been named co-winners of the inaugural Gerald […]

When We Talk about Kintu | By Ellah Wakatama Allfrey

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When Kwani? launched its Manuscript Project competition in 2012 the stated aim was to find the best unpublished novels by […]

“The Great Ugandan Novel” | Aaron Bady Hails Jennifer Makumbi’s Kintu

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Since its 2014 publication, Jennifer Makumbi’s Kintu has raced its way to hit status. Divided into six parts, the novel “reimagines […]

Judges Unveiled for the Black Letter Media Short Story Competition

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Black Letter Media has released the three-person list of judges for the 2017 edition of its short story competition. The judges […]

A Mosaic of Torn Places | Read the New Diverse Anthology of Young Nigerian Writers

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A Mosaic of Torn Places, the latest anthology of young writers out of Nigeria, collects ten stories of poignant diversity. […]

A Narrative of Home and Longing | Review of Inua Ellams’ #Afterhours | By Billie McTernan

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In his new anthology-cum-diary-cum-memoir, #Afterhours, Nigerian poet Inua Ellams features a collection of poems written in-response to a well-considered selection […]