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Watch Actress Ruth Negga Read an Excerpt of Zadie Smith’s Swing Time

Ethiopian and Irish actress Ruth Negga reads from Zadie Smith’s Swing Time. Ruth Negga was nominated for the Golden Globes for her role in Loving, an American movie about interracial marriage. Smith’s novel explores status and class and the way these distinctions shift between Africa and the Western world; a shift to which Negga herself […]

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Opportunity for African Writers | Entries are Open for TSSF Magazine’s Debut Issue

The Story So Far Magazine (TSSF) 2017 arts competition is now open! Get your poetry, creative writing or visual art published in the yearly publication that offers visually appealing storytelling that involves; fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction, and visual arts. TSSF is a brand new Magazine that seeks well-crafted, realistic stories about Africa, Africans, and African issues […]

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Selling Make-up Differently | Adichie’s Boots Campaign Takes on Stereotypes about Feminism

You’ve probably heard about Chimamanda Adichie’s beauty campaign for Boots No7 make-up line. After making its debut on television, online, in print and in outdoor media last week Friday, the campaign has received plenty of attention thanks to the beautiful, yet unlikely, face on the campaign. The campaign was so powerful that it got CNN asking […]

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Chimamanda Adichie Had a Christian Dior Moment

Head of Dior Maria Grazia Chiuri made a bold statement at her catwalk show in the beautiful gardens of the Musée Rodin, Paris.  The models strutted down the runway to Chimamanda Adichie’s Beyonce-sampled TED talk, while rocking a staple white t-shirt with the slogan “we should all be feminists.” There is Adichie right there on […]

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Opportunity for African Writers | Enter to Win the 2017 Commonwealth Short Story Prize

The 2017 Commonwealth Short Story Prize is now open for entries! If you are a member of any of the 50 countries within the commonwealth you can now enter. Regional winners receive £2,500 and the overall winner receives £5,000 from the competition, which is more diverse than any other literary competition. Last year, The Prize […]

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Tracey Farren’s South African Novel is Now a Beautifully Haunting Movie

In 2008, Collen Higgs, who had just established a small press, published Tracey Farren’s novel titled Whiplash. The novel went on to become a bestseller and was later was optioned for film. Higgs recently announced on Facebook that the movie starring Cape Town born actress Christia Visser is finally out. The film adaptation is titled Tess.  The […]

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Imbolo Mbue: The Novelist with a Million Dollar Smile

35 year old Imbolo Mbue looks amazing in this photograph, showing that her exquisite taste is not limited to literature alone. She’s owning a monochrome red Altuzarra outfit and dishing out all sorts of hair envy with her very free and very wonderful halo of Afro. Thanks to a recent feature on Glamour US, we now […]

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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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The Caine Prize Is Alright. Right?


Something is happening at the Caine Prize. Here at Brittle Paper, our role has been to support African literary institutions […]

Chike Frankie Edozien’s “Lives of Great Men” Is a Finalist for the 2018 Publishing Triangle Awards

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Chike Frankie Edozien’s Lives of Great Men is a finalist for the Publishing Triangle Awards, in the Randy Shilts Award […]

Freedom | Sobantu Mzwakali | Fiction


THERE IS NO need to see the sun in these intense blue skies.  It is foreboding, ominous and could be […]

From “Logarhythms” to “The Hate Artist”: Texts, Sub-texts, and the Art of Naming in Niran Okewole’s Poetry | Tosin Gbogi

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Logarhythms is Niran Okewole’s first poetry collection, and it is with this that he established himself as a poet to […]

Lesley Nneka Arimah and Zinzi Clemmons Are Finalists for the $35,000 Aspen Words Literary Prize

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Lesley Nneka Arimah’s short story collection, What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky, and Zinzi Clemmons’ novel, […]

For Women’s History Month, Enkare Review Is Listing African Literary Women Who Have Inspired Them


For March 2018’s Women’s History Month, Enkare Review magazine is listing the 30 African literary women who have inspired them. […]

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