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The Fall of the Gods | The Interlude | by Anthony Azekwoh | #TFOG

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Interlude I do not remember much, but I remember falling. I remember the feel of the cold winds chaffing against my skin as I descended from the sky unto the hard earth. I remember the war that drove us all to this dark path. I sat down there and waited to die. I wanted to […]

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George R. R. Martins: “We’ve Found Our Scriptwriter for Nnedi Okorafor’s Who Fears Death?”

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Dear Brittle Paperians, we are beyond delighted to announce that there is FINALLY an update on HBO’s Adaptation of Nnedi Okorafor’s Who Fears Death. We were one of the first sites to break the news about Okorafor’s fantasy novel finding a new home on HBO as a television series. If you recall, we also promised to […]

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How Reading Kazuo Ishiguro Can Make You a Better Writer | by Deji Olukotun

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Author Kazuo Ishiguro’s novels have explored everything from post-war Japan (An Artist of the Floating World), to landed gentry (Remains of the Day), to a dystopian near-future (Never Let Me Go). The sheer beauty of these works has led to their adaptation to film, and inspired entire franchises such as Downton Abbey. Ishiguro is that rare […]

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Book Review | Niyi Osundare: A Literary Biography | Kọ́lá Túbọ̀ṣún

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  One day, when he was a child, Níyì Ọ̀ṣúndáre’s father called him into the living room to present a gift he had brought for him from Lagos. In Ìkẹ́rẹ́ Èkìtì at this time in pre-independence Nigeria, much of what now defines “enlightenment” was limited to big cities and not generally accessible to all parts […]

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Almost All Books Inspire Me to Write | A Conversation with Sarah Ládípọ̀ Manyika | By Kọ́lá Túbọ̀ṣún

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   Sarah Ládípọ̀ Manyika is a Nigerian writer of note, with essays, academic papers, reviews, short stories, two well-received novels to her name: In Dependence (Legend Press, 2008; Cassava Republic, 2009) and Like a Mule Bringing Ice Cream to the Sun (Cassava Republic, 2017). The former is currently on the JAMB syllabus across Nigeria while […]

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PHOTOS | Abubakar Ibrahim and Abdul Adan At Goethe Institut’s Literary Crossroads

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On September 28th, the Goethe Institut in Nairobi hosted Nigerian novelist Abubakar Ibrahim. He was in conversation with Somalian writer Abdul Adan and German journalist Anja Bengelstorff. The event was part of the Institut’s Literary Crossroad series, which aims at getting African writers based on the continent and abroad to talk about themes and trends […]

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The Fall of the Gods | Chapter 5: Àrún | by Anthony Azekwoh | #TFOG

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  Èéfín ni ìwà; kò ṣeé fi pamọ́. Character is like smoke; it can’t be covered up. *** “What just happened to me?” Odion asked as he ran his hand through his hair and stood up. This was too much to handle. “What did I just see?” “Me,” Sango answered. His grey eyes were glittering […]

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The Reviews Are In! | Namwali Serpell Has High Praise for Jennifer Makumbi’s Kintu

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Jennifer Makumbi’s Kintu is one of the hit novels of 2017. A historical drama, it tells the story of an 18th century Ugandan patriarch whose actions bring misfortune on his descendants. Kintu is a cross-generational novel that jump-cuts across centuries and decades. To say the story is gripping is an understatement. Kintu is a certifide unputdownable! […]

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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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A Kenyan Tank Engine Joins The Hit Children’s TV Show Thomas & Friends

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Thomas the Tank Engine is the fictional character in Reverent Wilbert Awdry’s The Railway Series about steam locomotives. Thomas who […]

The Fall of the Gods | Chapter 6: Ise | by Anthony Azekwoh | #TFOG

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Ebe onye dara ka chi ya kwaturu ya. Where one falls is where his god pushed him down. *** Emeka […]

Our Favorite Sci-Fi Filmmaker Wanuri Kahiu Publishes a Children’s Book

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For those of you who are desperately and constantly in search of African children’s books, Wanuri Kahiu’s recent collaboration with […]

Akwaeke Emezi and Uzodinma Had a Moment

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Akwaeke Emezi is, in more ways than one, the writer we all want to be. Her debut novel is still […]

An Ode to Depression | Victor Enite Abu

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Some mornings, getting out of bed feels like carrying ten bags of cement. Other mornings, you float through space, watching […]

The Brittle Paper Award for Essays/Think Pieces: Meet the Nominees

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To mark our seventh anniversary on August 1, 2017, we announced the inaugural Brittle Paper Literary Awards, to recognize the finest, original pieces of […]

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