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What’s Weird about Teju Cole Claiming A Shakespearean Heritage?

Teju Cole’s recent New Yorker essay is a timely and engaging piece. Not surprising. On Facebook today he writes, “I gave this piece my all.” The essay is about blackness and estrangement. Responding to one of James Baldwin’s travel essays, Cole thinks about the meaning of being black and feeling like a stranger in an all-white Swiss […]

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Africa’s Mad and Most Loved Emperor | Chaka by Thomas Mofolo | A Book Review

If you’re reading this, you are about to join me on a trip to an early moment in African literary history. Thomas Mofolo‘s Chaka is a novel languishing in the dark, airless pit of the African literary archive. Join me as we dig it up, give it a good dusting, and see whether it’s cool […]

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Would You Read the Bible if it Were a Novel?

There is a part of me that is a bit sad about the waning popularity of the bible in popular discourse. In many African spaces, the bible continues to be an influential text shaping the lives of many.  For many Africans, like myself, the bible is where we formed our earliest relationship with literary text. I am […]

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Dear Ms. Paper: Save Me From This Boring African Novel

Dear Ms. Paper: Roughly two months ago, I decided to expand my cultural horizon. I curbed my obsession with Nollywood movies and thought I’d try reading African novels instead. A bookworm friend gave me a list of 6 novels. They all sounded the same to me, meaning boring and tiresome, so I decided to pick the […]

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A Dramatist’s Passion for the Art | Interview with Segun Adefila of Crown Troupe

We didn’t know where we were headed back then. The only thing we were certain of was our passion for the arts — Segun Adefila Writing, the beautiful the about writing, is the creativity and imagination that comes with it. Imagining a character’s voice, hair style, clothing, what he/she might do in certain situations. It […]

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“I Want to Follow You” | Boy on a Train by Akumbu Uche | Flash Fiction

I wanted to stay and watch the fireworks but Aunty Phoebe said, no. I didn’t like it, but I’m glad we didn’t because if we had. I wouldn’t be seated across from you now, taking in your handsome face and your jet black hair. We were the only black family; surely you must have noticed […]

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NoViolet Bulawayo: Everything I Produce Is African | Dispatches From Kampala by Bwesigye bwa Mwesigire

From 18th to the 22nd June 2014, Kampala hosted The Writivism Festival, a literary feast attracting prominent names in contemporary African Literature. NoViolet Bulawayo participated in festival and was later hosted at the FEMRITE Readers and Writers club alongside Abubakar Adam Ibrahim and 2014 Writivism regional winners, Kelechi Njoku and Ssekandi Ronald Sseguja. The conversations touched […]

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This is Not a Poem, This is Not a Prayer | by Umar Abubakar Sidi

(for the Girls of Chibok, and for Benson Eluma, Usman Umar Akeel and Gimba Kakanda) Today, the machinery of the poet is scuttled No ambivalent metaphors. No silent birds Whistling delicious melodies to the hearing of the poet, No magic mirrors reflect images of dancing maidens And storytelling blue parrots in royal chambers Pillared on […]

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Is This Us? The Many Holes in Nigerian-American Portrayal of the Nigerian Experience | Damilola Oyedele | Essay

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A few weeks ago, as I watched Yvonne Orji explain Nigerian slang to her audience, feelings I couldn’t immediately name […]

The Meaning of Guernica | Umar Abubakar Sidi | Poetry

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  Guernica Celebration of modern fascism Horrific devastation in the Basque town of Guernica Monochrome grisaille Crawling analysis of the […]

#WeTurnToBooks: An Instagram Live Series | Ayesha Harruna Attah

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Over the course of Brittle Paper‘s #WeTurnToBooks series, we’ve had eye-opening conversations on Instagram Live with hugely popular novelists like […]

Booker Prize Foundation Cuts Ties with Baroness Nicholson Over Transphobia Accusations

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On June 24, 2020, The Booker Prize Foundation released a statement announcing the removal of Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne as […]

Don’t Miss the BIGSAS Festival of African & African-Diasporic Literatures Featuring Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o, Véronique Tadjo, Achille Mbembe and Many More

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This year’s BIGSAS Festival of African and African Literature will take place on July 3 & 4 via live stream […]

What’s Cooking? Novelist Alain Mabanckou Turns Instagram Chef

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You might know Alain Mabanckou as arguably the best dressed African novelist and the author of classics like Broken Glass […]

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