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The Man Booker Prizes, African Writers, and the Deceptive Politics of Identity | Nzube Ifechukwu

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I got to know about the Man Booker Prize in 2008, from the front cover of a pirated copy of Chinua Achebe’s Anthills of the Savannah lying about in our home. On it, this white front cover of Achebe’s novel, is written in bold black uppercase letters: Booker Shortlist 1987. But it was not until […]

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Yvonne Owuor Attacked in Nairobi by City Inspectorate, Arrested and Charged to Court

Reports reaching us have it that Kenyan novelist Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor, author of Dust, was attacked and arrested in Nairobi by the Nairobi County Inspectorate, infamously known as the “kanjo.” According to Twitter user @zinduko, Ms. Owuor was standing outside Lavington Mall in Nairobi when the “kanjo” descended on local traders nearby. She didn’t run in […]

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Romeo Oriogun Named a Harvard 2018-19 Fellow, to Complete New Volume on Queer Voices

Brunel Prize 2017 winner Romeo Oriogun has been named a 2018-19 W. E. B. Du Bois Research Institute Fellow at Harvard University’s Hutchins Center for African & African American Research. His is a dual designation: in particular, he is an Institute of International Education Artist Protection Fund Fellow as well as the Harvard Scholars at Risk Fellow for […]

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Mizz President | Mapule Mohulatsi Has a New Children’s Book Out

Mapule Mohulatsi’s new children’s book, Mizz President, is all about South African Girl Power. Written by Mohulatsi and illustrated by Mary-An Hampton, the 32-page work is set for release in August 2018. Here is a synopsis from its publishers, Everychild Books: Lerato must take charge when President Bulloo and his entire cabinet fall ill. Of course, our […]

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Photos: Kenya’s TBC Book Club Celebrates It’s 2-year Anniversary

On Saturday 14th July 2018, TBC BOOK Club celebrated its 2-year anniversary with a panel of celebrated authors; Yvonne Owour (Kenya), Hawa Jande Golakai (Liberia), Zukiswa Wanner (South Africa) and Niq Mhlongo (South Africa). The book club is an initiative of Text Book Centre, the leading chain of bookstores in Kenya. It celebrated two years since […]

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Brittle Paper Contributor Uche Peter Umez Wins a Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship and President’s Doctoral Prize for Distinction

Brittlepaperians, listen up. We have some very delightful news. Uche Peter Umez, a contributor to Brittle Paper, is one of the recipients of the 2018 Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships, awarded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). The scholarship, valued at $50,000/year, is awarded for three years. The prestigious Vanier scholarships are given […]

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Cameroonian Political Theorist Achille Mbembe Wins the € 100,000 Gerda Henkel Prize

For over 40 years, the Gerda Henkel Foundation has supported ground-breaking research in the sciences and the humanities. In 2006, it established the Gerda Henkel Prize to recognize scholars doing outstanding work in their fields of research. This year, the German foundation made history by awarding this bi-annual prize to an African scholar. In a […]

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Nigerian Writer Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala Joins Twitter’s Board of Director

Last week, international media was abuzz with the news of Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala becoming a Twitter board member. Twitter co-founding Jack Dorsey made this known in a tweet indicating that Okonjo-Iweala was one of two new additions to the company’s elite governing body. — jack (@jack) July 19, 2018 This might be the biggest African […]

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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

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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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