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Mabanckou, Mengestu, Shoneyin: The Caine Prize Recruits Big Names as 2018 Judges

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For its 2018 edition, the Caine Prize has recruited a host of big names for its panel of judges. Alain Mabanckou, Dinaw Mengestu, Lola Shoneyin: it looks like an actual shortlist the Caine Prize itself might have announced in its early years in the 2000s. The three are joined by the prize’s 2007 finalist and […]

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Nnedi Okorafor Releases First Issue of “Black Panther: Long Live the King.” Long Live The Queen.

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The forthcoming Black Panther movie, starring Lupita Nyong’o, Chadwick Boseman and Michael B. Jordan, has generated a world of hype. Everyday, with each news, we melt in anticipation. To sustain the hype ahead of the film’s February 2018 release, Marvel announced two new comic-book miniseries: the first, written by Nnedi Okorafor, is Black Panther: Long […]

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Paris Review Editor Lorin Stein Resigns After Accusations of Sexual Misconduct at Work

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American critic Lorin Stein, editor of the prestigious, career-making literary journal Paris Review, has resigned from his job after accusations of sexual misconduct at work. The New York Times reports that “amid an internal investigation into his behavior toward female employees and writers,” Stein, who is 44, “sent a letter of resignation to the Paris Review […]

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Revisiting Childhood | Adedayo Adeyemi Agarau | Poetry

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in church today/ the pastor mentioned the twelve ways to burning in hell/ he did not mention love/ i began to remember/ like lost letters finding their way into sentence/ you, falling out of the pores in my body/ on a soft afternoon/ became my heartbeat/ there is something about falling/ about breaking soft stones/ […]

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Photos | Happy Birthday to Ainehi Edoro, Founder and Editor of Brittle Paper

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One evening in mid-2010, in her apartment in Chicago, Ainehi Edoro, then a PhD student at Duke University, looked up at her husband and mentioned that she was starting a blog. On August 1 of that year, she made her first post, a 264-word reflection on reading and coffee in a cafe. “Now think of […]

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Lola Shoneyin Is a Cover Star on Guardian Life Magazine

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It’s almost two years since Uzodinma Iweala, author of Beasts of No Nation, graced the cover of Guardian Life Magazine, the weekend edition of The Guardian, Nigeria. [read here if you missed it.] The most recent literary figure to be a cover star is Lola Shoneyin, Nigerian novelist, literary entrepreneur, and festival organizer. The issue […]

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Uzodinma Iweala Unveils Official Author Photos In Advance of His New Novel’s Release

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Uzodinma Iweala unveils official author photographs ahead of the March 2018 release of his highly-anticipated novel, Speak No Evil. While there is no chance in the world that Iweala photos could top Chibundu Onuzu’s ultra-chic author photos, Iweala totally nails his signature rugged-novelist look in these photos. Speak No Evil comes 12 years after Iweala published […]

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Luvvie Ajayi Spectacularly Demystifies the Fear of Telling Truth to Power

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  If don’t know Luvvie Ajayi, it’s a sign that you are reading way too many African fiction and not enough social commentary. Luvvie is a Nigerian writer and blogger. She is known for using social media as a platform for speaking out against various forms of injustices. She writes funny and hard-hitting social commentary on race, […]

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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 Chimamanda Adichie Guide to Becoming a Fashion Icon

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Fashion and style have traditionally being the cultural domain of pop-stars. It’s a sphere of influence that public intellectuals have […]

Ayobami Adebayo Honoured at The Future Awards, Alongside WizKid, Davido and Anthony Joshua

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Ayobami Adebayo, author of the Baileys Prize-shortlisted novel Stay with Me, has been honoured at the 2017 The Future Awards, […]

The Caine Prize Pays Tribute to Former Council Member Angeline Kamba

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The Caine Prize has published a tribute to Dr Angeline Kamba, former member of the prize’s council, who passed on […]

The Short Story Is Dead, Long Live the Short Story! Prize Awarded to Nigeria’s Mary Ononokpono

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The 2017 The Short Story Is Dead, Long Live the Short Story! Prize has been awarded to Nigeria’s Mary Ononokpono—winner of […]

Lesley Nneka Arimah, Ayobami Adebayo Lead the 2017 9Mobile Prize for Literature Longlist

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The 9Mobile Prize for Literature has announced its 2017 longlist. Founded in 2013 as the Etisalat Prize for Literature, the […]

Iceland Writers Retreat Alumni Award 2018: Fatin Abbas Wins, Efemia Chela Shortlisted

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Sudan’s Fatin Abbas, winner of a 2015 Miles Morland Scholarship, is one of four writers to receive a 2018 Iceland […]

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