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Wana Udobang’s Room 313 is Back!

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Hey Brittlepaperians, we suggest you grab a tissue and get ready to ball your eyes out, because Room 313 is back! The beloved experimental confessional video series has returned after a painfully long hiatus and we are loving every single minute of it. Released through series director, Wana Udobang’s YouTube channel, the two new videos […]

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My Feminism | Remembering to Scream | By Wana Udobang

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I don’t remember the first time my father hit my mother. But I often remember my brother’s hands muzzling my mouth shut whilst my screaming the words ‘leave my mummy alone’ would ease its way through the spaces between his fingers. Like that Saturday morning when my sister’s friend and I were doing jumping jacks […]

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November 21 | Brittle Paper Launches Essay Series on Feminism

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For three weeks beginning on November 21, Brittle Paper will feature an essay series on feminism titled My Feminism. The series was inspired, in part, by Chimamanda Adichie. In the past few weeks, the award-winning novelist has made a series of public statements that unleashed a wave of public interest in the politics, practice, and values […]

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In Search of Champeta | By Wana Udobang | Non-fiction

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I had never heard of Champeta. So when Juliana sent me the reading list for the fellowship, I was intrigued to find that a genre of music had been invented based on some of the music that came out of Nigeria and other parts of Africa. More extraordinary was discovering that this was happening all […]

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The Banquet | by Wana Udobang | African Poetry

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This exclusive piece of spoken-word poetry by Nigerian poet and filmmaker Wana Udobang is a special treat for lovers of African poetry. In the poem, titled “The Banquet,” Udobang uses the celebratory and pleasure-giving power of food as imagery to express feminine self-renewal. Seeing that yesterday was Mother’s Day (in the US), the poem is a great […]

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Celebrating the 2015 Ake Festival with Victor Ehikhamenor’s Stunning Portraits

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Abeokuta is this picturesque and quiet city north of Lagos built around the legendary Olumo Rock. Every November, since 2013, it springs to life to host the Ake Art and Book Festival, thanks to the hard work and commitment of Lola Shoneyin and her team of dedicated staff members and volunteers. Novelists, filmmakers, critics, artists, and […]

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Wana Udobang Explores Grief in the New Episode of Room 313

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Wana Udobang is back in the director’s seat! Last week, she posted the third episode of Room 313, a series of short films experimenting with psychotherapy as a form of storytelling. Each episode features a troubled character. The setting is a therapist’s office doubling as a confessional where, in the span of about 6 minutes, […]

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Room 313 Is Back! | Watch Moby’s Story: A Wana Udobang Film

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Wana Udobang is a woman who wears different hats. She is a broadcaster, writer, poet, and filmmaker. In Room 313—a web series that debuted last month—she puts her Nigerian characters on the psychiatrist’s couch and gives them the chance to explore deep, bottled-up feelings. Episode One narrated Dilim’s story, which you can watch here if […]

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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 […]