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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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Uzodinma Iweala Teases a New Novel About Police Brutality in America

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Uzodinma Iweala is working on a new novel. It’s been a 12-year wait since Beasts of No Nation debuted in 2005, so his fans must be thrilled. While information about the plot has not been revealed, we do have a sense of some of the novel’s key themes. Iweala, who is featured on the cover […]

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The Railroad Children | By Osinachi | A Story

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“Standing there hand in hand, we stared at the first coach, old questions renewed in our eyes. We looked up to the sky and looked behind us.” *** January 13th, 1982. We were born the year the war ended, and we grew up with our home along this railway. We have not seen a moving […]

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I am a Feminist, Not Mere Ash | By Letlhogonolo Swaratlhe | African Poetry

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“…you had the kind of hands that moulds women into sad plots…”   Some households ask that you leave your shoes at the front door before you enter, My friend’s cousin asked that I do the same with my feminism. Did he not know that my knees no longer knew how to bow down to […]

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Dreams and Other Dangerous Pursuits | By Abubakar Adam Ibrahim | NLNG Prize Acceptance Speech

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…that despite the wars, the violence, the immeasurable harm we perpetrated, our resilience and strength and our humanity still shone through the dark mist. A FEW WEEKS ago, Abubakar Adam Ibrahim was awarded the 2016 Nigeria NLNG Prize for Literature, for his first novel and second book of fiction, Season of Crimson Blossoms (2015).  At $100,000, […]

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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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#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 […]

Why Maaza Mengiste Threw Away the First Draft of Her Second Novel

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Maaza Mengiste might have just one novel published so far, in 2010, but she is one of the most visible […]

Chimamanda Adichie at City of Columbia’s Books In Bloom Festival | By Arao Ameny

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The city of Columbia, Maryland—a city located midway between Washington D.C. and Baltimore—hosted its first literary festival ‘Books in Bloom’ […]

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 […]