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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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Engaging the World Through Poetry | In Conversation: Chielozona Eze and Uchechukwu Peter Umezurike

  Poetry is my effort to dialogue with a part of me that questions the sanity of the world. — Chielozona Eze *** Chielozona Eze is a professor of English and African literature at Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago. He has had his writing published online and in print journals. He was shortlisted for the inaugural […]

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Literature Isn’t Always Popular Culture | Interview with Tade Ipadeola | By Kọ́lá Túbọ̀sún

Mr. Tádé Ìpàdéọlá is a barrister at law, writer, and poet. His latest poetry volume, The Sahara Testaments, won the 2013 Nigeria Prize for Literature sponsored by the NLNG. It was the last time, until last week Monday, that the poetry prize was awarded. In 2009, he won the Delphic Laurel in Poetry for his […]

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Almost All Books Inspire Me to Write | A Conversation with Sarah Ládípọ̀ Manyika | By Kọ́lá Túbọ̀ṣún

   Sarah Ládípọ̀ Manyika is a Nigerian writer of note, with essays, academic papers, reviews, short stories, two well-received novels to her name: In Dependence (Legend Press, 2008; Cassava Republic, 2009) and Like a Mule Bringing Ice Cream to the Sun (Cassava Republic, 2017). The former is currently on the JAMB syllabus across Nigeria while […]

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Africa In Dialogue’s Visually Appealing First Issue Is Out

Africa in Dialogue‘s hotly anticipated first issue just dropped, and it is a visually appealing one. The colourful 55-page release collects eleven revealing interviews of writers, filmmakers and artists conducted by writers, filmmakers and artists. DOWNLOAD: Africa in Dialogue – First Issue Guest-edited by Saraba co-founder and author of The Sound of Things to Come, […]

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Jennifer Makumbi Talks Homosexuality, Idi Amin and Islam in Uganda, and Why Feminism Is Still Incomplete

Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi recently had a banging interview with The Los Angeles Review of Books. Her novel Kintu, which won the Kwani? Manuscript Project Award in 2014 and was longlisted for the 2016 Etisalat Prize, has drawn praise. Publishers Weekly called it “A masterpiece of cultural memory…elegantly poised on the crossroads of tradition and modernity.” Library Journal describes it as “Reminiscent […]

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On Confessional Schizo-Poetry and Finding Meaning: In Conversation with JK Anowe, Winner of the 2017 Brittle Paper Award for Poetry

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JK Anowe, a Nigerian-born poet, holds a BA in French from the University of Benin, Nigeria, where he was awarded […]

Photos | Pages & Palette Hosts Reading of Frankie Edozien’s Lives of Great Men in Abuja

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Last December, Abuja bookstore Pages & Palette hosted a reading of Chike Frankie Edozien’s memoir Lives of Great Men. Published […]

Mauritanian Blogger Mohamed Mkhaïtir Has Now Been in Jail for 5 Years

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In December 2013, Mauritanian blogger Mohamed Mkhaïtir wrote a blogpost criticizing his country’s government for using religion to discriminate against minorities. […]

Read Chapter One of Chigozie Obioma’s An Orchestra of Minorities

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Chigozie Obioma’s second novel An Orchestra of Minorities was published this January. As part of The Summer Library’s “selected extracts from […]

Laila Lalami’s Fourth Novel, The Other Americans, Is a Family Saga, a Murder Mystery, and a Love Story

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Laila Lalami’s new novel is forthcoming on 26 March 2019 from Pantheon, an imprint of Penguin Random House. The 320-page […]

Thursday’s Children: 11 Contributors to Forthcoming Anthology Discuss Experimentation and the Nature of Creative Nonfiction

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Thursday’s Children is a forthcoming anthology of personal essays. Co-edited by Adams Adeosun and Bello Damilare, it comes with an […]

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