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A Lamu Affair | By Troy Onyango | Fiction | Love Stories From Africa Anthology

FROM WHERE HE IS SEATED, at the rooftop of Petley’s Inn, the low, cold breeze ruffles his long, straight blond hair and flushes his puffy cheeks. Down below, on the small concrete pavement at the seafront, hurried pattering footsteps of men running to the mosque to answer the call of the muezzin to prayers. Only […]

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Monsieur Pierre | By Bura-Bari Nwilo | A Story

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“Whenever she gets the urge to forego Roy, she also gets a small dose of mischief, to lie with him one more time, for the last time ever, and she finds herself back to her jail.” Nornu fills her bathtub to its brim with water each time Roy tickles the spot where her creator placed […]

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The List | By Tuntufye Simwimba | A Story

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“That night she got my number and texted: Come see me in my room. Bring with you a condom. No man can forget that.” *** For a good friend, Henrie Chinoko, whose true life events gave inspiration to this story.   In college I learnt to use “fuck” with comfort. I can’t remember learning anything […]

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Rush Green | by Uzoamaka Doris Aniunoh | African Fiction

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“I saw his buttocks without the trousers in my head and then I shut my eyes and tried to imagine something that wasn’t a doctor’s naked buttocks.”   I had gone to Rush Green Hospital in Onitsha that morning for a medical check up, because my menstrual cycle lasted for two weeks every month. I […]

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Let Flow The Water | By Wanjala Njalale | Fiction

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KICKING THE BOYS out of the house felt like turning against my own men on the battlefield. A strong element of betrayal and dishonor projected itself. Seeking redemption, I fled down the road to the bar, a dim one-story building nestled between a drug store and a meat shop. The interior flashed with new paint […]

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The Night My Dead Girlfriend Called | Episode 3: A Strange Arrival, A Crazy Ghost | by Feyisayo Anjorin

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Badoo closed the door of his room and sat on the bed with a sigh. He wanted his shoes off, he wanted his clothes off; he wanted to get in the shower and get some coolness. But he was tired. He could do all that later. For now, he could get the shoes off and […]

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We Go Love | By Adesewa Adesina | African Poetry

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YOU broke my CD yesterday Brymo’s raspy voice spilled out lamenting about merchants, wicked dealers and slaves it was an accident I put too much pepper that night You ate, sweated and cried drinking two bottles of chilled water I cannot measure well You forget your phone a lot more these days and I see […]

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Expound Magazine’s Special Issue Explores Erotic Arts and Literature

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Sex is still an awkward subject in conversations about African literature. Whereas African authors are not very keen on writing about sex, readers of African literature are too bashful to ask them to step up their sex game. That’s why when Wale Owoade told me he was working on a special issue of Expound Magazine […]

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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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Dinaw Mengestu and Nadifa Mohamed Have New Work in Freeman’s Magazine

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The Reviews Are In! | Namwali Serpell Has High Praise for Jennifer Makumbi’s Kintu

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Jennifer Makumbi’s Kintu is one of the hit novels of 2017. A historical drama, it tells the story of an 18th […]