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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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A Friendly Reading Match! | Photos from Lagos Literary Event Featuring Victor Ehikhamenor and Toni Kan

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Last Sunday, two celebrated figures in the Nigerian literary community went head to head in a bid to settle scores between fiction and non-fiction. Victor Ehikhamenor is an artist and essayist. Toni Kan is a Lagos-based fiction writer. In what many are calling an unusual literary event, they challenged each other in a reading duel hosted […]

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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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On December 6th, history was made in South Africa with the inauguration of the Abantu Festival. Black writers in South Africa […]

Teju Cole, Petina Gappah, Yaa Gyasi, Helen Oyeyemi Named Finalists in PEN/America’s Literary Awards

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In December, we announced the longlists of the 2017 PEN America literary awards. The lists of finalists are now out, […]