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The 2018 Brittle Paper Awards: The Winners

The Brittle Paper Awards is our way of recognizing the finest, original pieces of literature by Africans available online for free. We began it in 2017 to mark our seventh anniversary. The $1,100 cash prize is spread across five categories which reflect our efforts to capture the range and variations of literary dialogue on the continent: the Brittle Paper Award […]

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Un-Silencing Queer Nigeria: The Language of Emotional Truth | Five Writers in Conversation

To mark BRITTLE PAPER‘s 7th anniversary in 2017, we organised two conversations on our Facebook page. The second, themed “Un-Silencing Queer Nigeria: The Language of Emotional Truth,” took place on 5 August 2017 and was an insightful, urgent conversation about queerness and its exploration in Nigerian literature. Our guests were: Romeo Oriogun, winner of the 2017 […]

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Interview with Fashion Designer Therez Fleetwood and Artist V. Kottavei Williams, Creators of Nnedi Okorafor’s Emmys Dress

Behind every successful woman is other successful women helping her to look and feel like the best version of herself. A couple weeks ago, AfricanFuturist extraordinaire Nnedi Okorafor made her red carpet debut at the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards, where she and Executive Producer George R. R. Martin, promoted her upcoming HBO series, Who Fears […]

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10 Questions with Oris Aigbokhaevbolo, Facilitator of Write with Style Workshop

Nigerian writer Oris Aigbokhaevbolo is organising a workshop in Lagos. The Write with Style Workshop will focus on how to write reviews, interviews, reportage, fiction, and creative nonfiction. It will be held on 25 and 26 August. Applicants are to call or text this number: 08079056897; or send an email to styleandsentences@gmail.com. They will then receive a […]

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In Conversation with Hadiza El-Rufai, Author of An Abundance of Scorpions | Deaduramilade Tawak

Hadiza El-Rufai, founder of the Yasmin El-Rufai Foundation, debuted a novel this year, An Abundance of Scorpions, for which she recently went on a book tour in Lagos. An Abundance of Scorpions is published by Ouida Books and has been described by The Guardian Nigeria as “a heart-rending and riveting story of a woman in her quest […]

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How Short Story Day Africa Became the Continent’s Most Important Institution for Short Fiction

SIBONGILE FISHER WAS hanging out with friends, eating burgers at Snack Boss, a restaurant in Tembisa, a township in the East Rand in Johannesburg, when she saw the link on Facebook: a post congratulating her. It was November of 2016 and she had won the Short Story Day Africa Prize. She had been absent from […]

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Miles Morland Foundation 2018 Creative Writing Workshop: Participants on Their Experience in Bulago, Uganda

The Miles Morland Foundation held its second annual Creative Writing Workshop in February. A group of writers who had applied to the Miles Morland Writing Scholarships were invited for ten days of learning, reading, writing, and conversations about how to improve their skills. The Workshop, which was held on Bulago Island, Uganda, had two phases: […]

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The Making of “Selves” | The Afro Anthology Conversation: Basit Jamiu and Tope Akintayo

In February, we published Selves: An Afro Anthology of Creative Nonfiction. Curated by young Nigerian writer Basit Jamiu and introduced by Brittle Paper deputy editor Otosirieze Obi-Young, the anthology collects creative nonfiction and essays from writers across the continent. We recently republished one of the pieces: Mapule Mohulatsi’s “The Nervous Conditions of the Mother Tongue.” […]

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Erotic Africa: The Sex Anthology | Read e-Book Exploring Millennial Sex Culture and Romance in African Cities

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Much has been said about the state of sex in African literature: whether African novelists are keen on sex, why […]

Zimbabwean Mapping Project Documents the Movements of Dambudzo Marechera in Harare

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An unusual mapping project has documented the movements of Dambudzo Marechera in Harare. “Home Means Nothing to Me,” published in […]

Cyprian Ekwensi’s The Passport of Mallam Ilia Gets Animation Movie | Watch Teaser

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Cyprian Ekwensi’s popular novel The Passport of Mallam Ilia is being made into an animated movie. Premium Times reports that the 2D […]

Yrsa Daley-Ward’s The Terrible Makes Vogue’s Must-Read Books of 2018

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Nigerian-Jamaican model-turned-Instapoet Yrsa Daley-Ward’s memoir The Terrible: A Storyteller’s Memoir has been named among Vogue magazine’s Must-Read Books of 2018. The follow […]

Film Adaptation of Soyinka’s Ake: The Years of Childhood, by Dapo Adeniyi, Tells the Story of the Legend as a Child in the 1940s | Watch Trailer 

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The film adaptation of Wole Soyinka’s 1981 memoir Ake: The Years of Childhood is now available on Amazon. Set during the World […]

Erotic Africa: The Sex Anthology Forthcoming in December

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Twelve months after the call for submissions was made in January, we are happy to announce that Erotic Africa: The Sex […]

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