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“Thank You for Your Courage” | African Writers Pay Tribute to Buchi Emecheta

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On January 26, Nigerian author Buchi Emecheta passed away at the age of 72. [read here if you missed it.] Fellow authors took to social media to celebrate her life and the significance of her work. Chimamanda Adichie: Buchi Emecheta. We are able to speak because you first spoke. Thank you for your courage. Thank […]

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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 and from other parts of the continent gathered in Soweto to celebrate African writing and literary culture. Novelist Panashe Chigumadzi, one of the festival’s main curators, was inspired, in part, by Ake Art and Books […]

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Expound Magazine’s Highly-Anticipated “The Woman Issue” Is Out

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Last year, we did a feature on the ongoing beautiful work at Expound, and now, the magazine’s hotly anticipated 8th Issue, titled The Woman Issue, is out. Guest-edited by the indomitable Unoma Azuah, The Woman Issue features the work of prominent writers like Sefi Attah, Zukiswa Wanner, and Jumoke Verissimo. The issue also features the […]

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The 2015 Etisalat Prize Shortlist is All About the Experimental Novel

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What a great way to end the year! The Etisalat Prize for Literature shortlist is out! And, as usual, there are a few surprises. The Etisalat Prize for Literature is the only prize designed solely to recognize debut African fiction writers. In just three years of being in existence, it has become a cultural force in […]

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The 2015 Etisalat Prize for Literature Longlist is Here!

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The Etisalat Prize for Literature is fast becoming Africa’s most prestigious prize. Ever since the 2015 call for submissions was made earlier this year, we have been on the look out for the longlist. It is finally here! The esteemed judges—Prof. Ato Quayson, Zukiswa Wanner, and Molara Wood—have been hard at work. They’ve now pared […]

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African Literary Event | #LongStorySHORT | All the Scoop + Photos | By Xiluva Maswangaye

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#LongStorySHORT is a pop-up literary event hosted in Pretoria.  Over the past few months, fans of African literature have been taking over spaces in selected community libraries to enjoy and celebrate African fiction.  Local media personalities are invited to read an excerpt from a short story or novel. Videos of the readings are then posted on Youtube and […]

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Applications Now Open for the £15,000 Etisalat Prize for Literature

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Buckle up guys. The search for Africa’s next best fiction is about to begin. The last edition of the Etisalat Prize for Literature was a high point in the African literary community. We all saw the photos from the beautiful award gala and watched Vine clips of Tsi tsi Dangaremgba’s epic dance moves. [Click HERE if […]

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Your 7-Day African Literary Make-Over

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Happy New Year Brittlers! What everyone needs at the start of the new year are tips on how to reinvent aspects of their lives. For people like us who love African writing—2014 may have left us a little exhausted from the whirlwind of new fiction, book festivals, and social-media drama. I’ve put together a 7-day treatment […]

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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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Dear Genevieve | Words are Powerful, Speak the Truth, Even if Your Voice Shakes (pt. 6) | by Pa Ikhide

  Here in my part of America, the leaves are falling, the heart stirs and I am restless. There are […]

Binyavanga Wainaina’s Granta Essay is Beautifully Experimental

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Binyavanga Wainaina has a new essay in Granta‘s latest travel issue. The title of the essay is “Everything Was Suddening […]

Art Chasing Life Blatantly | Review of Chibundu Onuzo’s Welcome to Lagos | by Kola Tubosun

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For almost two-thirds of Chibundu Onuzo’s new book, one searches in vain to find the source of the title, Welcome […]

Namwali Serpell on the Beauty and Uses of Being an Outsider

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Some of you may remember Namwali Serpell as the 2015 winner of the Caine Prize for African Writing. She teaches […]

A Shared Sea: Tsitsi Dangarembga and Zora Neale Hurston | By Salimah Valiani

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  Tsitsi Dangarembga’s 1988 novel, Nervous Conditions, the story of Tambudzai, other girl-children, and women of Babamukuru’s family in 1970s […]

Love Stories from Africa | Read the New Anthology Celebrating Love and Romance

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  The annual release of a Valentine stories anthology has become a tradition of sorts, something exciting to look forward […]