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Zakes Mda, Yewande Omotoso, Kopano Matlwa Lead the Barry Ronge Prize for Fiction Shortlist

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Five books have been named on the shortlist for the Barry Ronge Fiction Prize. They are: Bronwyn Law-Viljoen’s The Printmaker; Kopano Matlwa’s Period Pain; Zakes Mda’s Little Suns; Yewande Omotoso’s Baileys Prize-longlisted The Woman Next Door; and Mark Winkler’s The Safest Place You Know.  The Barry Ronge Fiction Prize is awarded as part of the Sunday Times Literary Awards, in association with Porcupine Ridge. Its twin […]

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Trevor Noah Loves J. M. Coetzee, Zakes Mda, and Sol Plaatje

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Trevor Noah is known as a comedian. Those of us living in the US know him as the host of the popular comedy show The Daily Show. But he has since become a literary figure—ever since his memoirs, titled Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood, hit the stands earlier this month. Noah was […]

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African Witchdoctor Novels

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In celebration of the mysterious and magical, we are calling on fans of African literature to explore the dark and enigmatic world of the African witchdoctor. Perhaps we should state that the term “witchdoctor” is not quite the best name for this caste of characters known for their healing and divinatory powers. In South Africa, […]

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African Literature On Instragram | Teju Cole, Binyavanga, Selasi, Soyinka, Lauren Beukes, Adichie, and More

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It’s Friday! And as usual, I like keeping it light and fun at Brittle Paper. Here are a few African literary things I found on Instragram. Cheers to the weekend! Lots of cool stuff in store for you all through next week. See you on Monday!  

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From Road Nipple to Eating Insects: Silly Things African Writers Only Say on Twitter

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 Nnedi Okorafor asks us to eat more insects. Taiye Selasi in Bikini. Zakes Mda is not impressed by Beyonce. Efemia Chela opines on Nikki Minaj’s anaconda dance. Sarah Lotz opens up on her “killer profile.”  Wainaina Binyavanga freaks out about a certain Nigerian delicacy. Ikhide Ikheloa is interested in “road’s nipples.” Don’t ask me what […]

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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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Akwaeke Emezi Awarded the 2017 Commonwealth Short Story Prize for Africa Region

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Akwaeke Emezi has been awarded the 2017 Commonwealth Short Story Prize (Africa Region) for her entry, “Who Is Like God?” […]

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It began hours after the Brunel Prize was awarded to Romeo Oriogun on 2 May. Amidst the explosion of cheers, […]

Opportunity for Nigerian Writers | Enter for the Okike Prize for Literature

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Another prize awarding literary excellence has surfaced. The Okike Prize for Literature is a new initiative promoting writing by Nigerian […]

An Evening of African Literature | Photos From Abubakar Ibrahim and Sarah L. Manyika’s Washington, DC Reading

It is always a delightful treat to hear African writers in conversation with each other. A few weeks ago, I […]

Dear Tete Petina: “I Am One of Those People Who Once Really Wanted To Win the Caine Prize”

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