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Praxis Poetry Chapbook Series: Stanley McDaniels’ “Entrapment” | Foreword by Otosirieze Obi-Young

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The Praxis Poetry Chapbook Series, an initiative of Praxis Magazine, publishes poetry chapbooks by new poets. It launched in 2016 with two remarkable e-books: Burnt Men, by Romeo Oriogun who went on to win the 2017 Brunel International African Poetry Prize, and The Ikemefuna Tributaries, by J.K. Anowe who went on to receive the 2017 Brittle Paper […]

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Heaven Is a Place South of Here | Kanyinsola Olorunninsola | Memoir

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And because no man is permitted entry into heaven without a sacrifice of his own. . . the story of your journey to Ake. 1. Abeokuta was not all too welcoming in the way that glorious Meccas were meant to embrace pilgrims. Its austere collection of distinct brown roofs arranged in military fashion served as […]

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Naming as Righting and Regulating: Recent Work on Gender and Sexuality in Africa | Jesse Weaver Shipley and Chika Unigwe

This paper is a reflection on the proceedings from the “Gender and Sexuality in Africa: Transdisciplinary Conversation” symposium, which was presented by Dartmouth College’s African and African American Studies Program in November, 2017. Convened by Ayo Coly, Marc Epprecht, Chika Unigwe and Jesse Shipley and co-sponsored by the Dean of Interdisciplinary Studies, the Dickey Center, […]

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An African in London and Other Reflections on African Literatures | Richard Oduor Oduku

Richard Oduor Oduku, Jalada Africa co-founder and Brittle Paper Award for Essays finalist, writes about his visit to London, in October of last year, to attend the “SOAS African Literatures Conference – 55 Years After the First Makerere African Writers Conference.” * I pay Taxify charges and lug my bag to Java House. The airport […]

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#TalesOfAnAfricanChristmas | Day 5 | The 23rd Day of Christmas | by Nwafor Emmanuel

The devil, filled with envy and malice and poised on destroying the bloodline of David, entered King Herod and tried to eliminate baby Jesus. *** The Sergeant stood by the road side. A diminishing white and gold cigarette dangled on his quivering lips. Smoke spiraled from the lit end of the cigarette as his squinted […]

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#TalesOfAnAfricanChristmas | Day 4 | Duplicates | by Nelson C. J.

With the scathing chill of December always comes the two mothers I own. The first one toils to turn her prim fingers into snappy bites of dessert in near perfection of our flat in Reykjavik. She, without mind, had grown a body averse to all the comfort of this town—from her smooth and hassle free […]

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#TalesOfAnAfricanChristmas | Day 3 | White Christmas | Victor Ehikhamenor

Right on time, my son’s mail-ordered Christmas gift arrives. I am happy. I am a cool dad here in America in the suburban town of German Town in Maryland. Among white people being a cool dad helps my blackness. The dead brown, snow-crusted UPS delivery truck leaves behind a hail of soft white smoke as […]

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#TalesOfAnAfricanChristmas | Day 2 | Village Memories | by Ucheoma Onwutuebe

This is how I remember you: pert nose, breakfast enthusiast, forger of tears, akara hoarder. You were with me when the old woman’s mangy dog dug his teeth into my buttocks; that day we took all our Christmas money—money scrounged from returnee uncles and aunties—to the old woman’s sweet shop, to buy snacks filled with […]

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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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Praxis Poetry Chapbook Series: Stanley McDaniels’ “Entrapment” | Foreword by Otosirieze Obi-Young

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The Praxis Poetry Chapbook Series, an initiative of Praxis Magazine, publishes poetry chapbooks by new poets. It launched in 2016 with […]

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Heaven Is a Place South of Here | Kanyinsola Olorunninsola | Memoir

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And because no man is permitted entry into heaven without a sacrifice of his own. . . the story of […]

Lupita Nyong’o Announces New Children’s Book, “Sulwe”

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Oscar-winning Kenyan actress Lupita Nyong’o has announced a new children’s book titled Sulwe. The book, reports The New York Times, […]

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A few days ago, we announced the gorgeous cover for the LGBTQI art collective 14’s second volume, which featured snippets […]

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