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Book Festival of The Year! Stunning Photos From Ake Arts and Book Festival

For those of us who were not invited or who could not attend, we experienced the 2013 Ake Arts and Book Festival (AABF) vicariously through tweets and Facebook updates. For six days, writers, artists, bloggers, industry heavyweights, public school students, reporters, and book lovers from all over gathered in Abeokuta to experience what some are calling the […]

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The Reunion By Tolulope Popoola | A Brittle Paper Flash

So pleased to present a brand new piece by Nigeria’s flash fiction queen, Tolulope Popoola. She packs so much drama and delicious literary goodness into 800 words. Enjoy!  Twelve years was a long time. I was dreading the evening, as I left my house and drove to Eniola’s place to pick her up for our […]

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“Shame Is Too Good For You!” — Amara (pt.2) by Funminiyi Omojola | A Brittle Paper Story in Three Parts

The gripping drama of Amara’s life started last week right here on Brittle Paper when I posted the first of Omojola’s three-part story. [Read Pt. 1] Amara is a teenage girl living in a ramshackle housing tenement in the sprawling city of Enugu. At the very end of part one, Amara is hopeful that he […]

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“Perhaps in Each Mind is a Personal Zodiac” — Teju Cole

  The photograph was taken at the recently concluded Literaturfest München.

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DJ Teju Cole in the House! Listen To His Soundtrack for The War on Terror

If history were a theatre, the global war on terror would be one of the most catastrophic dramas of our time. Here is Teju Cole’s attempt to imagine what the soundtrack would look like. This is how he describes the project in a Facebook status: When The State Magazine (based in the United Arab Emirates) […]

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“Life is Wicked” — Amara by Funminiyi Omojola | A Brittle Paper Story in Three Parts

I felt guilty for loving this story. Funminiyi Omojola who is a returning Brittle Paper champion comes strong in this sad but irresistible tale about all that is dark in the life of a girl desperate for the good things of life. There are so many ways for things to go wrong between a guy […]

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Broken Poet Society…A Manifesto

I am in love with this piece written by a writer called GayKindaLove. It’s part of a literary project spearheaded by HOLAAfrica!— A PanAfricanist Queer Womanist Collective and hosted by interruptmag.com, the utterly fabulous literary collective that fosters participatory media.   “I would marry you if I wasn’t already in love with your words. I’d scribble my affection […]

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The Poetics of Scam (419) Emails

Isn’t the scam email a bonafide literary form at this point? I find myself reading them with fascination these days. Yes, they are predictable, but there is also something strange and captivating about them as literary documents. Is email scam an African phenomenon? Scam letters have been around ever since the mailing system was invented. […]

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

Yvonne Orji Nigerian Americans about Nigeria

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

Guernica Umar Abubakar Sidi poetry (1)

  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

Booker Prize Foundation Baroness Nicholson

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

BIGSAS Festival of African & African-Diasporic Literatures

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

_Novelist Alain Mabanckou Turns Instagram Chef (1)

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

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