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Because of Him by Tolulope Popoola

I first saw him in a music video. Something about his face struck me, and I was transfixed. For the rest of the day, I couldn’t get the image of that young man out of my head. Then I opened the pages of a newspaper about two weeks later, and there was an interview featuring […]

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Belonging by Ben Okri

I had gone into a house by accident or maybe not. Originally I was searching for Margaret House, a mansion block. Anyway I went into this flat and the man of the house took me for his in-law, whom he had never met, or had met once before, a long time ago. He began saying […]

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Songs of Sorrow by Kofi Awoonor

Dzogbese Lisa has treated me thus It has led me among the sharps of the forest Returning is not possible And going forward is a great difficulty The affairs of this world are like the chameleon faeces Into which I have stepped When I clean it cannot go. I am on the world’s extreme corner, […]

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FLASH FICTION | Betrayal by Tolulope Popoola

Nigerian author, Tolulope Popoola, shares with us a flash fiction piece written specially for Brittle Paper readers. Enjoy.  I sensed something was wrong. All week, I’d had a bad feeling following me around like an ominous shadow. I started to lose my appetite. I became restless. I couldn’t put my finger on it, because everything […]

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Nekpen and Daniel | STORIES

Nene was hurrying home to catch a favorite TV show. The good thing about becoming a fulltime staff nurse was that she could afford DSTV. On days like this when she was not on night duty, she looked forward to getting back home from the hospital to some warmed up jollof rice and soft drink […]

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Flasher

  Akin walked faster. It had been ten days, he felt he would implode. He needed to do this now, he had to. He looked behind him before hailing a cab. He was so ashamed; he was married man, a father, with kids, why? Why was this happening to him? He could not tell his […]

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Children’s Books You Shouldn’t Reread

Do you have memories of reading a book as a child and loving it? If you picked up that book now, will you relive the pleasure? Or will you be horrified? For example, I remember my brother saying that he was appalled at the racist subtexts of The Adventures of Tintin. But he only realized this […]

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Tura Soap

Isoken dreaded holidays. They made her lonely. Her mother died two years before. Her twin brother was a policeman and lived in Abudu with his family. The last time she saw or talked to him was at their mother’s funeral. Their father had aways been absent from their lives. Isoken didn’t know the full story, neither did […]

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Namwali Serpell Wins the 2020 Anisfield-Wolf Award for The Old Drift

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Namwali Serpell’s The Old Drift have been awarded the 2020 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, one of US’ top awards that seek […]

Nnamdi Ehirim’s Debut Novel, Prince of Monkeys, Is a Powerful Portrait of Friendship, Religion, & Politics in ’80s-90s Nigeria

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The Nigerian novelist Nnamdi Ehirim’s debut, Prince of Monkeys, was published by Counterpoint Press exactly a year ago, on 2 […]

Nadifa Mohamed’s Third Novel, The Fortune Men, Based on the True Story of Mahmood Mattan’s Wrongful Execution in Wales, Set for 2021 Release

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The publishing press Viking has acquired the Somali writer Nadifa Mohamed’s third novel, The Fortune Men, set in 1950s Cardiff […]

Goretti Kyomuhendo Appointed to Commonwealth Foundation’s Advisory Governorship for Africa Region

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The Ugandan writer Goretti Kyomuhendo, Director of African Writers Trust (AWT), has been appointed Civil Society Advisory Governor by Commonwealth […]

Bernardine Evaristo’s Latest Short Story, Her 12th Published, Is a Juicy Satire on Gender, Race, & Academia

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She might have eight books published, seven of which are novels, but Bernardine Evaristo is not so much of a […]

University of East Anglia Marks 50th Anniversary of Creative Writing with Project Exploring Interface of Literature and Technology

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PRESS RELEASE University of East Anglia Launches Landmark 50th Anniversary Project – Storytelling in a Digital Age The University of […]

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