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African Literary Person of the Year

Brittle Paper‘s African Literary Person of the Year celebrates a literary personality who has taken the lead in challenging and, in the process, expanding our assumptions about what it means to be an African creative and what it means to speak of ideas and stories as African. It recognizes individuals who work behind the scenes to hold up the African literary establishment in the given year.

2015

Nnedi Okorafor

Nnedi Okorafor. Image from Colorlines.

2016

Petina Gappah

Petina Gappah. Image from The Guardian UK.

2017

Lola Shoneyin

Lola Shoneyin. Image from Guardian Life.

2018

Bibi Bakare-Yusuf

Bibi Bakare-Yusuf.

2019

Ellah Wakatama Allfrey

Ellah Wakatama Allfrey.

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