Tag Archives: wole soyinka

Queen! | Chimamanda Slays on Vanity Fair as She’s Elected into the American Academy of Letters

behind-the-scenes-style-portfolio

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie sure knows how to work her way around a story. But her fans also know her to be a fashion goddess. As part of Vanity Fair’s spring style portfolio, Adichie was photographed in Washington by celebrity photographer Patrick Demarchelier. She is wearing a gorgeous print dress while rocking her signature hairstyle. We […]

Read More 0 Comments

Wole Soyinka on Race, Divisive Rhetoric, and the American Political Climate

Wole soyinka american politics

Wole Soyinka was featured on The Atlantic recently. In an essay, titled “A Nigerian Nobel Winner Exits Trump’s America,” Uri Friedman reopened Soyinka’s decision to interrupt his current legal status in the United States. Soyinka who had been a legal resident since the ’90s decided to make his Green Card “inoperable,” by which he meant […]

Read More 1 Comment

Is Social Media Eroding the Influence of Soyinka’s Generation?

untitled-designsoyinka

A few weeks ago, we posted a story about the mob of Nigerian online trolls who came after Soyinka because of statements he made regarding the US election. [read here if you missed it] The air has now cleared a bit. Perhaps it’s time to reflect a bit on the significance of Soyinka coming to (figurative) […]

Read More 0 Comments

Ngugi wa Thiongo Says Nobel Prize “Would Be Validating But Not Essential”

ngugi

Each year, Ngugi wa Thiongo’s readers and fans await the announcement of the Nobel Prize for Literature with bated breath— hoping that their beloved literary icon would snag the coveted award. Even though each passing year indicates that the Nobel Prize committee is moving further and further away from big-name literary figures, his fans remain […]

Read More 0 Comments

Wole Soyinka Calls Nigerian Internet Trolls “Nattering Nit-wits of Internet”

untitled-designsoyinka

Wole Soyinka has been the target of vicious criticism in the wake of a series of statements he made about the US election. You might recall Soyinka telling a room of Oxford university students that he would destroy his American residency card if Donald Trump won the election. Trump’s victory has since generated a mob of Nigerian internet […]

Read More 2 Comments

How We Know Wole Soyinka Loves the Authors We Love

untitled-design1

Do you ever wonder what the first generation of African writers think of African writers of today? Do the Soyinkas of the world care for the Adichies of the world? Can the Things Fall Apart generation see anything good in the Blackass generation? While we can’t speak for that whole generation of writers, we do know […]

Read More 0 Comments

Meeting Soyinka, Debating Soyinka | by Olaoluwa Oni

untitled-design-73

Tuesday, 4th October, 2016 The Universe speaks, sometimes, through hot angry rays, expressing disappointment over the several holes we drilled in the ozone layer, or something like that. Other times, a lovely alignment of stars so that on the day Soyinka is scheduled to speak in my school, I am chatting with Ainehi, and she mentions, […]

Read More 0 Comments

The Magic of Childhood Captured in Six African Novels

Untitled design (16)

Childhood is a stage in life that captivates us all, in part, because it is so elusive. Once we come of age, the experience of being a child—the innocence, bewilderment, and vulnerabilities—are immediately lost to an irrecoverable past. That’s why stories about children trying to make sense of a perplexing world have always been so powerful. […]

Read More 4 Comments

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.

Subscribe to Blog via Email

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Archives

Boubacar Boris Diop, Basma Abdel Aziz and Abdellatif Laabi Longlisted for the 2017 Best Translated Book Prize

BTBA-2017-Banner

Thirty-five books have been named on the fiction and poetry longlists of the 2017 Best Translated Book Prize. On the […]

Holding Memories | By Wale Ayinla | Poetry

These Are No Tombs

i held your tongue thinking it would reveal how a sea runs into a boat where you lay on breasts […]

Afrobeat Broke My Heart | By Kanyinsola Olorunnisola | Poetry

4773243733_d49068bf44_b

Sometimes I wake up and my body tastes like rum; that is how you know I have gone looking for […]

Loving From Diaspora | By Tega Oghenechovwen | Fiction

15240898627_45476caf3c_k

“He told her Nigeria was not where one comes back to just like that, that someone had to die at […]

You Sing of a Leaving | By JK Anowe | Poetry

10432239354_64fc65664e_k

we were together, i forget the rest. – Walt Whitman it wasn’t a metaphor when i said i’d give you […]

The Love Walk and One Other Story | By Uzoma Ihejirika | Flash Fiction

8522901355_dbf17e441b_k

THE LOVE WALK He likes to think this was the kind of love they shared, a love he is yet […]