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Photos: Kenya’s TBC Book Club Celebrates It’s 2-year Anniversary

On Saturday 14th July 2018, TBC BOOK Club celebrated its 2-year anniversary with a panel of celebrated authors; Yvonne Owour (Kenya), Hawa Jande Golakai (Liberia), Zukiswa Wanner (South Africa) and Niq Mhlongo (South Africa). The book club is an initiative of Text Book Centre, the leading chain of bookstores in Kenya. It celebrated two years since […]

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Brittle Paper Contributor Uche Peter Umez Wins a Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship and President’s Doctoral Prize for Distinction

Brittlepaperians, listen up. We have some very delightful news. Uche Peter Umez, a contributor to Brittle Paper, is one of the recipients of the 2018 Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships, awarded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). The scholarship, valued at $50,000/year, is awarded for three years. The prestigious Vanier scholarships are given […]

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Cameroonian Political Theorist Achille Mbembe Wins the € 100,000 Gerda Henkel Prize

For over 40 years, the Gerda Henkel Foundation has supported ground-breaking research in the sciences and the humanities. In 2006, it established the Gerda Henkel Prize to recognize scholars doing outstanding work in their fields of research. This year, the German foundation made history by awarding this bi-annual prize to an African scholar. In a […]

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Nigerian Writer Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala Joins Twitter’s Board of Director

Last week, international media was abuzz with the news of Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala becoming a Twitter board member. Twitter co-founding Jack Dorsey made this known in a tweet indicating that Okonjo-Iweala was one of two new additions to the company’s elite governing body. — jack (@jack) July 19, 2018 This might be the biggest African […]

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Wole Soyinka’s Former Residence at Obafemi Awolowo University Becomes a Museum

You know you’ve arrived when a place where you once lived is turned into a museum. That’s exactly what has happened to Nobel Prize Laureate Wole Soyinka. A house where he lived in Ife during his time as a lecturer at the Obafemi Awolowo University was recently made into a museum. In 1963, Wole Soyinka […]

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Cover Reveal for Shuri—Nnedi Okorafor’s Brand New Black Panther Spinoff

We have more news about the Okorafor-Marvel bombshell that was dropped on us a few days ago. As you all know, Okorafor is writing Marvel Comic’s new Black Panther Spinoff based on T’Challa’s genius sister Shuri. We now know that the artist hired to do the cover art is Sam Spratt, the same artist who […]

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Opportunity for East African Writers | Fellowship for Early Career Writers and Publishers

In the wake of Nigeria’s Dusty Manuscript Contest, it is encouraging to see Africa Writers Trust rolling out a fellowship designed to help publishers and writers at the early stages of their career. The fellowship is designed to provide training, resources, and possibly funding for writers and publishers interested in self-publishing. According to the website: […]

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Nnedi Okorafor And Marvel Comics Team Up For Yet Another Black Panther Spinoff

Marvel is expanding its Wankada storyline by adding on yet another spin off. Titled Shuri, the spinoff revolves around T’Challa’s tech-savvy sister. Best part? Nnedia Okorafor is writing it! Wakanda is the fictional African country where the story of the superhero Black Panther is set. When the movie came out in February, it broke several […]

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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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In Conversation with Hadiza El-Rufai, Author of An Abundance of Scorpions | Deaduramilade Tawak

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Hadiza El-Rufai, founder of the Yasmin El-Rufai Foundation, debuted a novel this year, An Abundance of Scorpions, for which she recently […]

I Started Reading and Just Stopped Halfway and Thought—This is Really Bad | What Achebe, Soyinka, Adichie, Forna, Teju Cole and Serpell Thought About VS Naipaul

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VS Naipaul, Nobel Prize and Booker Prize-winning novelist and nonfiction writer, passed on days ago at 85 years of age. […]

This Mournable Body, the Last Book in Tsitsi Dangarembga’s Tambudzai Trilogy, is Here

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This Mournable Body, the last book in Tsitsi Dangarembga’s trilogy which includes the modern classic Nervous Conditions (1988) and The Book of […]

Five Beautiful Acts of Generosity by African Writers

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In the midst of the pressure to deliver under that heavy tag “African Writer,” in the back and forth between […]

Watch the Trailer for the Stage Adaptation of Chigozie Obioma’s The Fishermen

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In May of 2017, we announced preparations for the stage adaptation of Chigozie Obioma’s debut novel The Fishermen. Later in […]

Apply to the Write with Style Workshop with Oris Aigbokhaevbolo

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Words run the world: On the internet, and in novels, magazines, films, songs, and even love letters. How do you […]

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