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The hotly anticipated first issue of the interview magazine Africa in Dialogue has a cover star: Nii Ayikwei Parkes.

Parkes, that Ghanaian writer with gorgeous dreadlocks who chaired this year’s Caine Prize judging panel, is the author of the novel Tail of the Blue Bird (2009), which was shortlisted for the 2010 Commonwealth Prize for Best First Book, and of three poetry chapbooks: eyes of a boy, lips of a man (1999), M is for Madrigal (2004), and shorter (2005).

Africa in Dialogue is edited by the dynamic Motswana poet and activist, Gaamangwe Joy Mogami. This debut issue is guest-edited by Emmanuel Iduma, co-founder of Saraba magazine, and has the Zimbabwean spoken word poet Mutsa Diana Shiripinda as Visual Director.

It will be dropping in four days’ time.

Read some of the magazine’s interviews which we’ve republished.

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About Otosirieze Obi-Young

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Otosirieze Obi-Young is a writer, 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. His conversations appear in Africa in Dialogue, Bakwa, SPRINNG, and Dwartonline. 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. Born in Aba, he combined 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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