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Unburnt Ashes | Oppong Clifford Benjamin | Poetry

No wife slams the door behind her unless her body is burning inside her husband’s eyes, her beauty no longer in the eyes of her beholder. There’s a home behind slammed doors where burnt wives go down in ashes, tears and washed away love, where they try something like sitting, like bargaining for a breath. […]

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A Mosaic of Little Things | Blessed Abraham | Fiction

1. “Blessed, what do you want to be when you grow up?” “I wan’to be a mummy. So that when tata cry, I will carry her and give her akamu and breast to suck.” My eyes stared into the big black eyes of my baby sister’s. I smiled. 2. Mummy was late, she said she […]

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Queen Pokou | Sojourner Ahebee | Poetry

when Queen Pokou fled ghana the mouth of the Comoe River opened to say “give me your child”— the choice between nation & son so close you could see the river’s rage shining a deep black/blue, the color of Pokou’s womb when her child escaped her. the story goes so many ways. you could say […]

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Hauntings | Megan Ross | Poetry

i I dream I am a woman in a bath, holding a knife to her throat. The knife opens her up, and the head of a cat emerges from my face. ii I dream I am a woman in a lounge, sitting where her husband sits. She puts the cool blade of a knife to […]

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Dear Ibiye | Mercy Max | Fiction

Dear Ibiye, I am quite sure this will take you unawares. It’s 8 p.m. You may still be at your party, wearing your beautiful flowing dress or your short shorts and strap-on boots, relishing the attention everyone is giving you. Or you may be home fighting back tears for the number of people you hold […]

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An Ode to Depression | Victor Enite Abu

Some mornings, getting out of bed feels like carrying ten bags of cement. Other mornings, you float through space, watching your life pass by from a distance. You are struggling to dig your way out of a bottomless pit. The more you dig, the deeper you plummet. A crashing descent into a bottomless vacuum. You […]

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Sadness Is a Crowd | Tope Ogundare | Two Poems

The Shot each line on her face is a story of war, each crease tells of battles fought and lost, wounds brandished, hope taken captive. in her eyes sucked of tomorrow are orbs of dimmed light, its objects shadowy illusions. her mouth droops from the weight of sighs, from lamentations and dirges, from offering desperate […]

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Unlabelled | Ishola Abdulwasiu Ayodele | Fiction

Crusade You’d imagined the possibility of being possessed by demons. But it didn’t make sense. You didn’t feel the presence of any alien energy in you. Your desires, your sexual tastes—they were all you. Once, you went to those crusades where miracles were promised and demons exorcised. The night was cold. You put on your […]

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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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Photos | Happy Birthday to Ainehi Edoro, Founder and Editor of Brittle Paper

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One evening in mid-2010, in her apartment in Chicago, Ainehi Edoro, then a PhD student at Duke University, looked up […]

Lola Shoneyin is a Cover Star on Guardian Life Magazine

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It’s almost two years since Uzodinma Iweala, author of Beast of No Nation, graced the cover of Guardian Life Magazine, […]

Uzodinma Iweala Unveils Official Author Photos In Advance of His New Novel’s Release

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Uzodinma Iweala unveils official author photographs ahead of the March 2018 release of his highly-anticipated novel, Speak No Evil. While […]

Luvvie Ajayi Spectacularly Demystifies the Fear of Telling Truth to Power

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  If don’t know Luvvie Ajayi, it’s a sign that you are reading way too many African fiction and not […]

The Chimamanda Adichie Guide to Becoming a Fashion Icon

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Fashion and style have traditionally being the cultural domain of pop-stars. It’s a sphere of influence that public intellectuals have […]

Ayobami Adebayo Honoured at The Future Awards, Alongside WizKid, Davido and Anthony Joshua

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Ayobami Adebayo, author of the Baileys Prize-shortlisted novel Stay with Me, has been honoured at the 2017 The Future Awards, […]

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