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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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How We Know Wole Soyinka Loves the Authors We Love

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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 […]

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Meeting Soyinka, Debating Soyinka | by Olaoluwa Oni

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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, […]

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The Magic of Childhood Captured in Six African Novels

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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. […]

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Interview | Wale Lawal On Magic, Fantasy, and the Nigerian Obsession with Harry Potter

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The month of August opened with a literary phenomenon that took Nigerian Twitter by storm. Wale Lawal sent out a series of tweets in which he imagined what it would be like if there were Nigerian students in Hogwarts—that legendary wizarding boarding school where much of J. K. Rowling’s fantasy series is set. Fellow Nigerian fans of […]

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Interview with His Son Reveals What Wole Soyinka is Like as a Father

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Wole Soyinka is a generally private person. As a result, his readers have learned to make do with connecting to him through his work. Except for fictional autobiographies where he shares very curated aspects of his personal life, there is very little access to Soyinka-the-man. But last week, the Nigerian author Abubakar Adam Ibrahim posted an […]

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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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PHOTOS: Chibundu Onuzo Redefines the Classic Literary Book Launch Party

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Teju Cole is a Finalist for PEN America’s Richest ($75,000) Prize

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Dear Genevieve, Find Your Voice | by Pa Ikhide

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How are you? What are you up to? I am going back and reading the old classics from the African […]

PHOTOS | Abantu Book Festival: A Literary Platform for Black Writers and Readers

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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, […]