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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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Laila Lalami’s Forthcoming Memoir Conditional Citizens Recounts Her Journey from Moroccan Immigrant to U.S. Citizen

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Moroccan-American author Laila Lalami has a new book forthcoming on April 28, 2020 from Pantheon Books. Titled Conditional Citizens, the […]

Neighbors (A Quarantine-Themed Fiction) | E. C. Osondu

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Tope Folarin and Nnamdi Ehirim Longlisted for the 2020 VCU Cabell First Novel Award

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Tope Folarin and Nnamdi Ehirim are both on the longlist of the 2020 VCU Cabell First Novel Award. The annual […]

Credo Mutwa, Celebrated South African Healer and Author, Dies at 98

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Credo Mutwa, celebrated South African traditional healer and author of several books, died following a period of ill health on […]

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In the final week of women’s history month, we are celebrating a writer whose work has inspired us for years. […]

Midas & The Prodigal Daughter | Isabelle Baafi | Two Poems

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Midas the legend was not always true there was a time when empires were built on dreams and prophesies and […]

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