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Twelve Sins & Makoko | Two Poems by Othuke Umukoro

Twelve Sins janvier, 1990: name and claim. At least that is how it begins with boys like me who entered the world backward. février, 2020: in my father’s house my mother wears fear round her neck like a golden bell and with each step my father’s thunderous tolling on her skin—like that time she shaved […]

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A Man’s Portrait Changing Faces | Two Poems by N. N. Emmanuels

A Man’s Portrait Changing Faces i. Momma says the worm a bird eats it remembers: a cloud of sweat, an earth of blood, a heaven of deficiencies. She trolls our senses to somewhere deep where water crowns the origin of man. ii. Home stands on mother’s crow feet. That’s why whenever we see the lotus grow […]

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Review | Hybridising Histories in Peter Kimani’s Dance Of The Jakaranda | Matthew Lecznar

Peter Kimani’s novel Dance of the Jakaranda—published in the UK by Saqi Books—makes for an enlightening and beguiling read. At one level, it is the story of Kenya’s transition from British colonial rule to independence in 1963, told from the perspectives of a diverse range of protagonists. But as the narrative proceeds, Kimani gradually adds […]

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Review | Selves: An Afro Anthology of Creative Nonfiction | Adefolami Ademola

READ: Selves: An Afro Anthology of Creative Nonfiction | New Project Collects Powerful Nonfiction from Across Africa Just like previous generations have produced platforms like The Horn, Black Orpheus, the Mbari Club, The New Horn, amongst others, that captured new voices, culminating in the creation of the literary periods in the country, it is imperative, for every […]

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Girl on Drugs | Victor Daniel | Fiction

“So, you’re going out tonight?” you ask as you watch her pull one end of the twine tightened around her arm with her other hand while the other end is held by her clenched teeth. “Nope,” she says, examining her hand for veins. “For real?” She looks at you briefly, her brows knotting. Then she […]

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Long Before #MeToo, There Was Firdaus | Shayera Dark

Long before Twitter and the #MeToo movement, there was Firdaus, a sex worker who was on death row for murdering her pimp. Her story, narrated to and chronicled by Egyptian feminist author Nawal El Sadaawi in the first-person biography-novel Woman at Point Zero, remains perennially relevant in its unflinching rendering of ways men have and continue […]

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Passport to Her Foreign Land | Review of Dami Ajayi’s “A Woman’s Body Is a Country” | IfeOluwa Nihinlola

In 1998, Cuban-American anthropologist and writer Ruth Behar reviewed the Cuban geishas painting by visual artist Rocio Garcia in an essay titled “A Woman’s Body Is Her Country.” In 2017, Nigerian poet Dami Ajayi published his second collection of poetry and titled it A Woman’s Body Is a Country. It is easy to jump on […]

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Revisiting Childhood | Adedayo Adeyemi Agarau | Poetry

in church today/ the pastor mentioned the twelve ways to burning in hell/ he did not mention love/ i began to remember/ like lost letters finding their way into sentence/ you, falling out of the pores in my body/ on a soft afternoon/ became my heartbeat/ there is something about falling/ about breaking soft stones/ […]

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

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In the wake of Nigeria’s Dusty Manuscript Contest, it is encouraging to see Africa Writers Trust rolling out a fellowship […]

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

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Marvel is expanding its Wankada storyline by adding on yet another spin off. Titled Shuri, the spinoff revolves around T’Challa’s […]

Vote for Ngugi wa Thiong’o, Chimamanda Adichie and Nnedi Okorafor on The Alternative Nobel Prize Longlist

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Ngugi wa Thiong’o, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and Nnedi Okorafor have been longlisted for The Alternative Nobel Prize, the only three […]

In Love and Ashes | Writer-Filmmaker Umar Turaki’s Drama Series Stars Patience Ozokwor, with Soundtrack by 2Baba

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Nigerian writer and filmmaker Umar Turaki’s new drama series, In Love and Ashes, has premiered. The series stars Nollywood icon […]

Poetry x Fashion | Attend a Class with Brunel Prize Winner Theresa Lola in London

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Brunel Prize 2018 joint winner Theresa Lola will be teaching a class on poetry and fashion. The class will “explore […]

Tomi Adeyemi Narrates Frightening Encounter with Racist White Policemen

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Tomi Adeyemi, author of the million-dollar Children of Blood and Bone trilogy, shared to her 43,000 Twitter followers an encounter […]

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