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New pop culture Website WokeAfrica.com is seeking more contributors. Woke Africa was founded in December 2017, and despite being focused on pop culture and politics, the magazine has quickly gained some notability in literary circles. Early this year, it published an essay, “The Decline of the Caine Prize,” that is, as its title suggests, sharply critical. Then it followed it up with a list of the “21 Best African Writers of the New Generation,” which is the first of its kind, which includes such talents as Arinze Ifeakandu, Sibongile Fisher, Megan Ross, Troy Onyango, Kelechi Njoku, Barbara Mhangami-Ruwende, and Efemia Chela, among others.

In an email to Brittle Paper, the site’s editors state:

Wokeafrica.com is an initiative that looks out for and produces shareable content that presents African and Black pop culture differently. The platform celebrates budding African curators by encouraging conversations about their works in ways that empower people to stand up for themselves, defend their creative styles, and soar with their creativity. This is to acknowledge the differences in our common humanity, while using those differences to foster equal rights and inclusion in all spheres of life.

This call is an invitation to be part of the expansion of Woke Africa’s team of Contributors. If you’re interested in Pop Culture and can craft opinions, critique books, films, music and art works, we would like to hear from you. Feel free to write us (wokeafrica@gmail.com) and we can take the talks from there.

About Otosirieze Obi-Young

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Otosirieze Obi-Young is a writer, literary journalist, and Deputy Editor of Brittle Paper. His fiction has appeared in The Threepenny Review, Transition, and in an anthology of the Gerald Kraak Award 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. 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 cities in Nigeria. 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 and taught English at Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu. He is currently completing a postgraduate programme in African Studies. He has completed a collection of short stories, YOU SING OF A LONGING, and is working on a novel. He is represented by David Godwin Associates literary agency. When bored, the boy just Googles Rihanna. Find him at otosirieze.com.

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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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