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Chibundu Onuzo’s New Short Story is About Love, Weight Loss, and Instagram

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Chibundu Onuzo’s second novel Welcome to Lagos hit the stands a few days ago. She’s also gifted us a brand new short story that incorporates everything we obsess about in contemporary culture—Instagram, netflix, hashtags, weight loss, and many more. The story is titled “Kentish Town” and was published on www.express.co.uk. “Kentish Town” tells the story of Aramide who […]

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Who Knew Teju Cole Could Write a Love Story?

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The philosophically-minded, politically-inclined, and ever-so-serious Teju Cole has just graced us with a tender story about a New York gas station attendant and his troubles with love and women. The story is titled “Second God” and was commissioned by BBC’s Radio 4 from Cole. “Second God” is not available in print. The story comes in […]

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African Fiction At Its Sexiest! “THRESHOLD” by Akwaeke Emezi

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Kachi held the door knob tightly as it turned inside her fist, hoping to seize its sounds in the spaces of her fingers. It didn’t work­—the door snapped and clicked and groaned as she tried to push it open gently. She cursed under her breath, using those sharp dirty words her mother would slap her […]

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  Akin walked faster. It had been ten days, he felt he would implode. He needed to do this now, he had to. He looked behind him before hailing a cab. He was so ashamed; he was married man, a father, with kids, why? Why was this happening to him? He could not tell his […]

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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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Is Fiston Mujila’s Tram 83 Misogynist Poverty Porn? Zukiswa Wanner and Richard Oduku Lead Strong Reaction to Ikhide Ikheloa’s Damning Criticism

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In August 2014, Congolese author Fiston Mwanza Mujila’s debut French-language novel, Tram 83, was released to rapturous acclaim in France. By […]

Roses and War | By Jonathan Otamere Endurance | Poetry

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Prayers are symphonies of lamentation That begin from my mother’s lips, Like a bird beginning a day’s death, With a […]

Fear Woman | By Immanuel James Ibe-Anyanwu | Fiction

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  Irritated by our presence, the guard swatted us off the entrance gate with his baton, his face ugly with […]

An Ecofeminist Drawing New Language from Nature and His Anima | Q&A with Saddiq Dzukogi, 2017 Brunel International Poetry Prize Shortlistee

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Saddiq Dzukogi was recently shortlisted for the 2017 Brunel International Poetry Prize. We published his poem, “Collect Rainwater,” in February. Saddiq […]

Chimamanda Adichie’s Best Looks from the Dear Ijeawele Book Tour

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Over the last two months, Chimamanda Adichie has been on the road publicizing her new book Dear Ijeawele. She’s spoken […]

#BlackGirlMagic: Sisonke Msimang’s Essay on Adichie Is a Brilliant Dissection of How Black Female Celebs Are Praised and Criticized

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In the last five years, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has come to occupy a unique place in the pop culture conversation: […]