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New Pop Culture Magazine, The Afro Vibe, Launched

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In June, we announced a call for submissions by The Afro Vibe, the newest African pop culture magazine. Launched on 18 August 2017, The Afro Vibe is owned by Expound magazine editor, Wale Owoade, whose beautiful poetry is currently shortlisted for the inaugural Brittle Paper Literary Awards. In an email to Brittle Paper, Owoade had stated that The Afro Vibe will be offering […]

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Announcing the Brittle Paper Literary Awards: The Shortlists

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August 1, 2017 was Brittle Paper‘s seventh anniversary. In celebration of this milestone, we are launching the Brittle Paper Literary Awards, to recognize the finest, original pieces of African writing published online. The awards come in five categories: Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction, Essays/Think Pieces, and the Anniversary Award for works published on our blog. The winners in the fiction, […]

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Brittle Paper Anniversary Event: “2010s: The Decade of African Literary Expansion” | A Conversation on Facebook

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  On August 1, 2017, Brittle Paper will be seven years old. To mark our anniversary, we are organising a series of events, among which are Facebook conversations with writers, editors and founders of literary initiatives. This is the first of our anniversary conversations. * The 2000s was a renaissance period in African literature, the blossoming of […]

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Opportunity for African Pop Culture Writers | Submit to The Afro Vibe

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There’s a new digital pop culture magazine coming to town and it is currently seeking submissions. It’s called The Afro Vibe and is owned by Expound magazine editor Wale Owoade whose beautiful poetry we’ve published. It will be launched in 12 African cities in August 2017. In an email to Brittle Paper, Owoade stated that The Afro […]

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African Literary Digest: The 31 Best Pieces of 2016

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The year 2016 has been fertile for writing in general, and for creative non-fiction in particular. On the African literary scene, the most remarkable talking points would be the upsurge of new talent (see the shortlists of the Miles Morland Scholarship and the Gerald Kraak Award) and new outlets for those voices (see our feature […]

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From Enkare Review to Expound: Meet the Young Creatives Running the Magazines of Our Future

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African magazines that publish literature have come a long way since the 2000s when South Africa’s Chimurenga debuted under the editorial leadership of Ntone Edjabe. Chimurenga‘s success was quickly followed by Kenya’s Kwani? founded by Binyavanga Wainaina in 2003.  In 2009, Emmanuel Iduma and Dami Ajayi kept up the momentum by setting up Nigeria’s Saraba. There is also Bakwa in Cameroon run […]

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Because Your Body Took the Wrong Way Home | Wale Owoade | Poetry

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…they said a boy once waited at the center of your prayer.   [On 17th of February, 2016, the alleged gay, Akinnifesi Olumide Olubunmi, was beaten in Ondo, Nigeria by a group of youths. He died of internal injuries a day after.] *** For Olumide. I saw you trembling at the eyes of men and […]

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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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The Brittle Paper Literary Awards: New Date for the Announcement of Winners

The announcement of the winners of the inaugural Brittle Paper Literary Awards was scheduled for 23 September 2017. However, a change […]

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 […]

New Website Collects Everything Binyavanga Wainaina Has Written Since the Late 1990s

A new Website has collected everything published by Binyavanga Wainaina since his writing career began in the late 1990s. The […]

Opportunity for All Writers | Submit to Vanguard Literary Services’ HIV/AIDS Awareness Anthology

To mark the 2017 World HIV/AIDS Day on December 1, Vanguard Literary Services, a bookselling company in Nigeria, has called […]

The Graywolf Press Africa Prize Launches with Igoni A. Barrett as Judge

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A new award just dropped: the Graywolf Press Africa Prize, for “a first novel manuscript by an African author primarily residing […]

Nnedi Okorafor Celebrates Everyday African Life in New Superhero Comic

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A little over two years ago, South African Sci-fi writer Lauren Beukes collaborated with D. C. Comics on a Wonder […]