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Five Beautiful Acts of Generosity by African Writers

yewande omotoso, karen jennings, noviolet bulawayo

In the midst of the pressure to deliver under that heavy tag “African Writer,” in the back and forth between critics and between writers and between critics and writers, in the midst of big novels and million-dollar book deals and accumulating prizes, it is easy to lose sight of community and what it means to […]

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The Fall of the Gods | Chapter 7: Èfà | by Anthony Azekwoh | #TFOG

Bí ẹ̀mí bá wà, ìrètí ńbẹ. As long as there is life, there is hope. *** Some years ago, he had watched a documentary about soldiers and the trauma they faced in the battlefield. One of the soldiers, an amputee, mentioned that life after war was almost unbearable. He said something curious, though. He said […]

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The Fall of the Gods | Chapter 6: Ise | by Anthony Azekwoh | #TFOG

Ebe onye dara ka chi ya kwaturu ya. Where one falls is where his god pushed him down. *** Emeka snarled and the others snarled in agreement. When he spoke, his voice was different. It was raspier. If broken glass could somehow possess vocal abilities, it would sound like him. “Where is it?” he asked […]

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When Writers Talk Music: Vol. 3 | Chimamanda Adichie on Phyno, Ntone Edjabe on Fela and Soukous

In August, we launched a fun series, “When Writers Talk Music,” where we collect what African writers have been saying about music. Previous posts featured Teju Cole’s thoughts on Fela and WizKid, Imbolo Mbue’s fondness for Soukous and Makossa, Petina Gappah’s cover of Bob Marley’s “Zimbabwe,” and Ainehi Edoro’s meeting with Afrobeat legend Tony Allen. […]

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The Fall of the Gods | The Interlude | by Anthony Azekwoh | #TFOG

Interlude I do not remember much, but I remember falling. I remember the feel of the cold winds chaffing against my skin as I descended from the sky unto the hard earth. I remember the war that drove us all to this dark path. I sat down there and waited to die. I wanted to […]

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The Fall of the Gods | Chapter 5: Àrún | by Anthony Azekwoh | #TFOG

  Èéfín ni ìwà; kò ṣeé fi pamọ́. Character is like smoke; it can’t be covered up. *** “What just happened to me?” Odion asked as he ran his hand through his hair and stood up. This was too much to handle. “What did I just see?” “Me,” Sango answered. His grey eyes were glittering […]

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The Fall of the Gods | Chapter 4: Anọ | by Anthony Azekwoh | #TFOG

Ura ga-eju onye nwuru anwu afo. A dead person shall have all the sleep necessary. *** How do gods die?” Odion asked, a puzzled expression on his face. He was till sitting on the cold hard ground, facing Sango. “Can gods even die?” Sango coughed, and blood came out. Sango didn’t need to say it. […]

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The Fall of the Gods | Chapter 3: Ẹta | by Anthony Azekwoh | #TFOG

Lẹ́hìn òkùnkùn biribiri, ìmọ́lẹ̀ á tàn. After a pitch-dark night, most assuredly comes the dawn. *** It all happens in one moment, just one. When we’re called to action, called to be heroes, called to be more. We all get the call, so the question isn’t whether or not it’ll come. The question is, when […]

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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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In Conversation with Hadiza El-Rufai, Author of An Abundance of Scorpions | Deaduramilade Tawak

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Hadiza El-Rufai, founder of the Yasmin El-Rufai Foundation, debuted a novel this year, An Abundance of Scorpions, for which she recently […]

I Started Reading and Just Stopped Halfway and Thought—This is Really Bad | What Achebe, Soyinka, Adichie, Forna, Teju Cole and Serpell Thought About VS Naipaul

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VS Naipaul, Nobel Prize and Booker Prize-winning novelist and nonfiction writer, passed on days ago at 85 years of age. […]

This Mournable Body, the Last Book in Tsitsi Dangarembga’s Tambudzai Trilogy, is Here

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This Mournable Body, the last book in Tsitsi Dangarembga’s trilogy which includes the modern classic Nervous Conditions (1988) and The Book of […]

Five Beautiful Acts of Generosity by African Writers

yewande omotoso, karen jennings, noviolet bulawayo

In the midst of the pressure to deliver under that heavy tag “African Writer,” in the back and forth between […]

Watch the Trailer for the Stage Adaptation of Chigozie Obioma’s The Fishermen

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In May of 2017, we announced preparations for the stage adaptation of Chigozie Obioma’s debut novel The Fishermen. Later in […]

Apply to the Write with Style Workshop with Oris Aigbokhaevbolo

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Words run the world: On the internet, and in novels, magazines, films, songs, and even love letters. How do you […]

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