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A Friend, a Mentor, a Confidante | Read Professor Ato Quayson’s Tribute to the Late Literary Scholar Abiola Irele

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Nigerian literary scholar Abiola Irele passed away last month. He was 81 years old when he died and had led a life dedicated to the study of African literature. The flood of condolence messages and tributes on social media is a testament to the man’s greatness as scholar, a colleague and a mentor. Wole Soyinka, […]

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Wole Soyinka Has a Lot to Say on Biafra in His Recent Essay

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  Soyinka’s recent essay, titled “War In Nigeria: Victory Remains Elusive, 50 Years On,” contains a lot of helpful insights on the Biafra question. Nigeria’s civil war of the late 1960s was re-introduced into the global imagination with the publication Chimamanda Adichie’s Half of a Yellow Sun. Chinua Achebe’s last book before his passing also […]

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Wole Soyinka’s Poem for the Late Literary Scholar Abiola Irele

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Professor Abiola Irele passed on earlier this month at the age of 81. Born in 1936, the late critic was one of the finest and most respected African literary scholars. Graduating from the University of Ibadan in 1960, he got a PhD in French from the University of Paris, Sorbonne. He eventually joined Harvard as […]

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

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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 […]

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

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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 […]

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

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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) […]

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

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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 […]

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

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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 […]

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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 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 […]

Redemption | Andrew Aondosoo Labe | Poetry

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A Pastor says the devil landed here in ‘77. His broken legs can be seen in the twin-rivers. Three-eyed demons […]