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Binyavanga Wainaina will be speaking at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.

He will be in conversation with the researcher and writer Achal Prabhala and Danai Mupotsa, who is a PhD in African Literature with the faculty. They will be discussing “How to Write About Everything.” The topic is a play on Binyavanga’s seminal 2006 essay in Granta, “How to Write About Africa,” which remains the magazine’s most-viewed story.

Here are key details for the conversation.

Date: 25 July 2017.

Venue: Humanities Graduate Centre Seminar Room, University of the Witwatersrand.

Time: 6 PM.

Topic: “How to Write About Everything.”

It promises to be a stimulating one.

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About Otosirieze Obi-Young

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Otosirieze Obi-Young is a writer, an academic, and Deputy Editor of Brittle Paper. His fiction has appeared in The Threepenny Review ("Mulumba," 2016), Transition ("A Tenderer Blessing," 2015), and in an anthology of the Gerald Kraak Award ("You Sing of a Longing," 2017), for which he was shortlisted. His work has further been shortlisted for the Miles Morland Writing Scholarship in 2016 and a Pushcart Prize in 2015. He attended the 2018 Miles Morland Foundation Creative Writing Workshop facilitated by Giles Foden. He is the curator of the Art Naija Series, a sequence of themed e-anthologies of writing and visual art exploring different aspects of Nigerianness. The first, Enter Naija: The Book of Places (October, 2016), focuses on Nigerian cities. The second, Work Naija: The Book of Vocations (June, 2017), focuses on professions in Nigeria. He studied history and literature at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, is currently completing a postgraduate programme in African Studies, and teaches English at Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu. When bored, he just Googles Rihanna.

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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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