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Interview | Wale Lawal On Magic, Fantasy, and the Nigerian Obsession with Harry Potter

The month of August opened with a literary phenomenon that took Nigerian Twitter by storm. Wale Lawal sent out a series of tweets in which he imagined what it would be like if there were Nigerian students in Hogwarts—that legendary wizarding boarding school where much of J. K. Rowling’s fantasy series is set. Fellow Nigerian fans of […]

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Interview | Pemi Aguda | Winner of the 2015 Writivism Short Story Competition

A few weeks ago, Pemi Aguda was shortlisted for the 2015 Writivism Short Story Prize, which resulted in her being invited to the Writivism Festival.  The trip to Uganda quickly turned into a celebration when she came out the winner of the prize, thanks to her darkly humorous urban tale titled “Caterer, Caterer.” [Read HERE] We are […]

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Pregnant Adichie Looks Lovely with Baby Bump

As a literary blog dedicated to the African literary scene, we have written a lot of posts about Adichie’s writing, her ideas, her politics, and even her fashion and style. So imagine how delighted we are to share with you the report we found on Bella Naija that Adichie is pregnant. The rumor mill began […]

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How Adichie’s Feminist Pamphlet Started a Trending Twitter Hashtag | #BeingFemaleInNigeria

Thanks to Chimamanda Adichie’s feminist booklet, an Abuja-based book club sent the hashtag #BeingFemaleInNigeria on a trending spike yesterday. That beautiful moment when you realize that books can change the world! Okay maybe not change the world but at least get people talking about things that truly matter—like raising awareness about sexism in Nigerian society. Here is how […]

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INTERVIEW | Nikitia Yona on Braving Divorce and Writing A Tell-All Memoir

A memoir is often an author’s attempt to use the storytelling tools of fiction to convey a true life experience. Surviving Divorce in Hidalgo County is written by Tanzanian-American writer, Nikitia Yona. It tells the story of Eny Samuel, a woman whose charmed life is rudely interrupted in a loveless and abusive marriage. Surviving Divorce […]

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Interview with Obinna Udenwe | Author of Nigerian Conspiracy Crime Thriller

  A little while back, we brought you Obinna Udenwe’s debut novel, a conspiracy crime thriller titled Satans and Shaitans. (click here if you missed it.) Are you as intrigued as we are about the idea of a Nigerian conspiracy thriller? Well, we sent Udenwe a few probing questions about the novel and his writing process. Here are his rather […]

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Interview | Eugene Odogwu on African Fantasy and Why Realism is Overrated

Eugene Odogwu is the author of In the Shadow of Iyanibi, [read here] the fantasy story series we launched last week. Since you all loved the story, we thought it’d be nice to formally introduce Odogwu to you. In this interview, he dishes on his passion for African fantasy. Enjoy!   Which books or authors […]

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Okwiri’s Critique of Our Stories Was Invaluable | Sydney Mugerwa on Writivism Mentorship

A while back, I was among those selected from across Africa to participate in a writing program, organized by Centre for African Cultural Excellence (CACE), dubbed Writivism. For somebody with one hundred or so badly written teenage poems lying forgotten in diaries and collecting dust and numerous futile childish attempts at writing short stories long […]

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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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Watch This Poetry Dance Film of Kayo Chingonyi’s “Kumukanda”

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Zambian poet Kayo Chingonyi’s first full-length collection, Kumukanda, is receiving praise. The Guardian has hailed its “lyrical elegance” and “many […]

Photos | Nommo Awards 2017: How Africa’s First Ever Speculative Fiction Awards Ceremony Happened

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The announcement of the winners of the inaugural Nommo Awards took place at the ongoing 2017 Ake Arts and Book […]

Goodreads Awards 2017: Vote Chimamanda Adichie’s “Dear Ijeawele” and Nnedi Okorafor’s “Home” in the Final Round

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Earlier this month we announced the online voting for Goodreads’ 2017 awards. The first round saw nominations for four authors having massively […]

#AkeFest2017 | Follow Brittle Paper’s Coverage of Ake Arts and Book Festival

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  Ake Arts and Book Festival is happening in Abeokuta, Nigeria—has been happening since 14 November, to end on 18 […]

Opportunity for Writers and Visual Artists | Apply for the 2017 Artists in Residency Programme

Applications are open for the 2017 Artists in Residency (AIR) programme, an initiative of Africa Centre “seeking high calibre African artists, in […]

South African Literary Awards 2017: All the Winners

The winners of the 2017 South African Literary Awards have been announced. Here they are, with excerpts from their citations. […]

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