Doek! is Brittle Paper’s Literary Platform of the Year for amplifying Namibian literary voices.

Doek! was founded by Mutaleni Nadimi, a Namibian writer, filmmaker, and publishing professional, and Rémy Ngamije, a Rwandan-born Namibian writer and photographer who was most recently shortlisted for the 2020 AKO Caine Prize. As editor-in-chief, Ngamije oversees a team of three fiction editors, including Nadimi, two non-fiction editors, two visual arts editors, and a poetry editor. The first issue themed “A story happened here…” was published in August 2020. Since then, there have been three more issues, the most recent of which is the November issue themed “Worlds beyond this one.” Each issue, free to read, includes a mix of emerging and established voices alongside a number of stunning photo essays and an editorial piece by Ngamije.

Given its primary focus on publishing content produced by Namibian writers and artists, especially black writers and artists, Doek! claims space for Namibian literature within African literary culture. Its founding is a sign that African literature is not just thriving but also advancing in interesting directions. The African literary space needs more national and linguistic diversity. We urgently have to go beyond a literary culture dominated by a handful of national traditions. Initiatives such as Doek! foster institutional spaces where continental diversity can be nurtured and actualized.

We very much look forward to seeing how the platform evolves in the coming years.

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