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I made this video last year to sort of open up about my vision for Brittle Paper and what made me so passionate about African literature.

From writing for you all right here on this blog, reading your comments and trying to understand your tastes and interests, I find that what readers want are writers and stories from the continent that delights and inspires them.

So as we give thanks for having made it to another year, let’s also re-affirm our commitment to African writing and continue to support African writers and literary platforms like Brittle Paper that do their bit to create a fun and vibrant African literary culture.

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Ainehi Edoro is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she teaches African literature. She received her doctorate at Duke University. She is the founder and editor of Brittle Paper and series editor of Ohio University Press’s Modern African Writer’s imprint.

8 Responses to “2 Minute Video Tells You What’s Awesome About African Literature” Subscribe

  1. Eddie Hewitt January 21, 2015 at 12:42 pm #

    Thank you, Ainehi. This is a wonderful video. A fine example of your ever brilliant presentation of African literature. I love this so much. And I have great admiration and affection for you and everything you stand for. You have inspired me to expand my reading list and to explore Nigerian / African culture much more. I trust also that through learning and from your encouragement I can continue to make my own contribution to the subject, in developing links and in the sharing of common areas of interest. I wish you inspiration in abundance and continuing success with BrittlePaper and with your PhD studies.

    • Ainehi Edoro January 21, 2015 at 7:35 pm #

      Hi Eddie, the fact that Brittle Paper has helped you connect to African writing and culture more means a lot to me because that’s what the Brittle Paper project is about. It’s all about inspiring contemporary readers to form new relationships with African writing and to realize that African writing can be many things to different people. I also really love that you stay connected to us on twitter, engaging with us and our work and sharing your literary experiences with us. Thanks so much!

  2. Catherine Onyemelukwe January 21, 2015 at 2:22 pm #

    Thank you, Ainehi. I was very pleased to hear you say your name – I’ve been wondering how to pronounce it.
    I love reading your posts and learning about African writers I would not otherwise know. I have quoted you and referred to your posts several times in my own blog.

    I wish you great success. I want to ask, though you may not wish to answer! Or you may not even know yet.

    Do you hope to return to Nigeria? Or will you seek a teaching position in this country?

    • Ainehi Edoro January 21, 2015 at 7:30 pm #

      Awwww. Thanks Catherine! I’ve really always appreciated your support, the fact that you link our posts to your blog and share our work with your readers. As to returning to Nigeria, we will have to see o. Lol. Right now, I’m just focused on finishing up my phd and then seeing where the academic job market takes me.

  3. Carmen Marino January 21, 2015 at 7:15 pm #

    Ainehi – before becoming acquainted with Brittle Paper, I’d never read African literature – though I read often. And now I find Brittle Paper offers the most original and consistently engaging literature that I come across. There’s something very special about hearing new voices, which come from places very different than you know. And listening to you speak about this on video really helps bring your work alive. So thank you!

    It never occurred to me you might leave the US one day. Please stay! 🙂

    • Ainehi Edoro January 21, 2015 at 7:25 pm #

      Carmino, thanks so much for our kind words. I’m so pleased that the work we do here is helping you connect with African writing.

  4. Eddie Hewitt January 22, 2015 at 6:16 pm #

    Hi Ainehi. Thanks, your reply means a lot to me too. I really value our connection as well and enjoy engaging with Brittle Paper enormously. I look forward to learning a lot more about African writing and culture. Best wishes !


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