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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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Ukamaka Olisakwe’s Forthcoming Novel, Ogadinma, Is a Feminist Story Set in ’80s Nigeria

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The Nigerian writer Ukamaka Olisakwe is set to release a new novel. Titled Ogadinma, or Everything Will Be All Right, […]

Resoketswe Manenzhe Wins 2020 Dinaane Debut Fiction Award for Her Novel, Scatterlings

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Down River Road, a New Print & Online Magazine Exploring the Alternative in Literature, Music, & Visual Art, Calls for Submissions to Second Issue

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Dr Stella Nyanzi Wins Appeal at Ugandan Court, Regains Freedom, But Is Possibly Re-arrested

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Dr Stella Nyanzi is free. The academic, feminist and queer rights advocate has been in prison for criticising Uganda‚Äôs long-serving […]

Apply for This Fully-funded Creative Writing Scholarship at the University of East Anglia, Sponsored by the Miles Morland Foundation

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The Miles Morland Foundation African Writers’ Scholarship is currently accepting accepting applications for its 2020 program. It is an initiative […]

Chinelo Okparanta Recalls Her First Teenage Crush

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“I was 16 years old, nearly 17, when a boy first expressed interest in me. Or, maybe it was that […]

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