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Akwaeke Emezi Photographed by Annie Leibovitz for Vogue Magazine

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Akwaeke Emezi’s 2018 is off to a glamorous start. Yesterday she and her sister Yagazi Emezi were profiled in Vogue Magazine listed the sisters in an article celebrating families doing visionary work in various industries. The Emezi sisters are featured alongside Hollywood star Olivia Wilde and her sister Barbara Burchfield, in addition to Ilhan […]

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Opportunity for African Writers | Submit to Granta’s #MeToo Inspired Issue on Gender and Patriarchy

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As a response to the #MeToo movement, Granta, one of the world’s most celebrated literary journals, is seeking submissions to its Summer 2018 issue on gender and patriarchy. Read the call for submission below from Granta Editor Sigrid Rausing. It contains all the details you need to send in your work. Good luck! *** Dear […]

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Meet Chimamanda Adichie’s Instagram Squad

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Y Every woman needs a squad or what the feminist writer Bell Hooks calls “real sisterhood”—a band of women who support and share a collective vision. Chimamanda Adichie, herself a feminist, has a three-woman squad behind her successful Instagram account @chimamanda_adichie. She recently shared a picture of these smart, social media savvy women, describing them […]

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South African Creatives Are Redefining Children’s Book Publishing

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A South African publishing initiative is revolutionizing the country’s reading culture by taking an innovative approach to children’s books publishing. Book Dash, a not-for-profit organization founded by Arthur Attwell, is providing affordable books with premium content for children. They invite writers and illustrators to volunteer their time to create children’s books. As much as 50 […]

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Naming as Righting and Regulating: Recent Work on Gender and Sexuality in Africa | Jesse Weaver Shipley and Chika Unigwe

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This paper is a reflection on the proceedings from the “Gender and Sexuality in Africa: Transdisciplinary Conversation” symposium, which was presented by Dartmouth College’s African and African American Studies Program in November, 2017. Convened by Ayo Coly, Marc Epprecht, Chika Unigwe and Jesse Shipley and co-sponsored by the Dean of Interdisciplinary Studies, the Dickey Center, […]

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The 2017 Brittle Paper Literary Person of the Year

The Brittle Paper Person of the Year award is in its third year. The award has become an important way of celebrating excellence and identifying those qualities we value in the leaders of our intellectual communities. By highlighting the efforts of those committed to building our communities, we hope to inspire others and ourselves to […]

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#TalesOfAnAfricanChristmas | A Gift from the Waterfall Princesses | Day 6 | by Akuchidinma Raymonda M.

Sitting beside the chicken pen, Chinma ran the tip of her finger along the sharp edge of the knife. Granny had instructed her to slaughter a chicken for soup, and it was going to be her first time. At home in the city, she was used to frozen meat; yet, she couldn’t refuse. She was […]

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#TalesOfAnAfricanChristmas | Day 5 | The 23rd Day of Christmas | by Nwafor Emmanuel

The devil, filled with envy and malice and poised on destroying the bloodline of David, entered King Herod and tried to eliminate baby Jesus. *** The Sergeant stood by the road side. A diminishing white and gold cigarette dangled on his quivering lips. Smoke spiraled from the lit end of the cigarette as his squinted […]

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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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How Egyptian Music Icon Abdel Halim Hafez Became a Centrepiece in Safia Elhillo’s “The January Children”

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Sudanese poet Safia Elhillo has received the 2015 Brunel International African Poetry Prize, with her poem “application for assylum” shortlisted […]

Heaven Is a Place South of Here | Kanyinsola Olorunninsola | Memoir


And because no man is permitted entry into heaven without a sacrifice of his own. . . the story of […]

Lupita Nyong’o Announces New Children’s Book, “Sulwe”


Oscar-winning Kenyan actress Lupita Nyong’o has announced a new children’s book titled Sulwe. The book, reports The New York Times, […]

14: An Anthology of Queer Art | Vol. 2: The Inward Gaze


A few days ago, we announced the gorgeous cover for the LGBTQI art collective 14’s second volume, which featured snippets […]

The “Black Panther” Comic: Nnedi Okorafor Says Wakanda Is “Close to” Kenyan County

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The forthcoming Black Panther movie, starring Lupita Nyong’o, Chadwick Boseman and Michael B. Jordan, has generated a world of hype. To sustain […]

Opportunity for African Writers | Submit to AFREADA’s Valentine’s Day Contest and Anthology


AFREADA magazine is putting together a Valentine/love-themed anthology. Founded by its editor Nancy Adimora, who contributed to our Christmas books-to-read […]

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