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Publication Opportunity for African Writers | The Jeli Story Project

Dear Brittlepaperians, here is a publishing opportunity for all you aspiring writers. The Jeli is a literary platform that supports innovative storytelling projects. They are calling for submission. According to the ad placed on their website, they are on the look out for “writers who are not well represented in mainstream publishing, particularly black women.” So finish […]

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Tristar Acquires Movie Rights to Imbolo Mbue’s Million-Dollar Manuscript

Last year, we brought you the news of this Cameroonian writer who snagged a million dollar book deal with Random House. [Read HERE if you missed it.] The Longings of Jende Jonga by Imbolo Mbue—set for an April 2016 release—is an immigrant tale set in Brooklyn. The novel explores the 2008 financial crisis from the […]

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The Quirky African Poem We Can’t Stop Reading | Quarantine With Abdelhalim Hafez | by Safia Elhillo

Safia Elhillo is a Sudanese poet based in Washington, DC. She is one of the two winners of the 2015 Brunel University African Poetry Prize. In just three years of being in existence, the £3000 prize has become a training ground of sorts for Africa’s poetry stars. The first winner of the prize, Warsan Shire, went on […]

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We Gave You Refuge, You Give Us Death | Mozambican Novelist Mia Couto Speaks out Against Xenophobic South Africa

The ongoing xenophobic killing in South Africa is sad and shocking. Spine-chilling moments of these killings captured on videos and photographs have been making their rounds on social media, causing a lot of outrage. African intellectuals are speaking out and calling on the South African government to act quickly and effectively. Last week, Cameroonian philosopher […]

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Adichie Scores Big Again! | She is Wellesley College’s 2015 Commencement Speaker

In a few weeks, Chimamanda Adichie will officially add “commencement speaker at a top US university” to her resume. Days after rounding up her month-long feature in British Vogue, [click here if you missed it] the Nigerian novelist snags yet another high-profile engagement. Yesterday, it was announced that she has been selected to deliver the commencement […]

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Adichie’s Dreamy Little Story About Bruce Lee and Apollo

The April 15 issue of the New Yorker has a story by Chimamanda Adichie, titled “Apollo.” Don’t get your hopes up. The story is not about space shuttles and thersmospheric exploration. In Nigeria, Apollo is the colloquial name for the eye infection called conjunctivitis. The story traces the budding intimacy between a boy named Okenwa […]

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Why the Claim that Africans Don’t Read is False

Worldreader is a not-for-profit organization that provides “mobile platform for books.” According to The Mail and Guardian, after four years of making digital versions of books accessible to Africans in financially distressed countries and amassing 1.2 million users, Worldreader has learned a whole lot about the reading habits and trends among the African users on their mobile platform. Their […]

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Speech Analysis: Why Buhari’s Acceptance Speech is A Winner

The Nigerian presidential election, which took place this past weekend, was a spectacular display of the democratic process as millions of nigerians waited for up to 12 hours to vote under sun and rain, after which they watched patiently as their votes where counted on live TV. Like all good contests, an undisputed winner emerged. […]

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What Does Tragedy Have to do With Grief? — Prof. Ato Quayson on a New Episode of Critics.Reading.Writing

Professor Ato Quayson YouTube Channel Critic, Reading, Writing (1)

The first episode of Professor Ato Quayson’s youtube show is up! Ato Quayson is a Professor of English at Stanford […]

Saara El-Arifi’s Signs 2 Six-Figure Deals for Her Debut Novel The Final Strife

Saara El-Arifi's The Final Strife Double Six-Figure Deals

Sudanese-Arab-Ghanaian-British author Saara El-Arifi won big last week. Her debut novel The Final Strife landed a double six-figure deal in the […]

The Nigeria Prize for Difference and Diversity Announces Judges and Advisory Council

The Nigeria Prize for Difference and Diversity Announces Judges and Advisory Council (3)

The Nigeria Prize for Difference and Diversity has announced the judges for the inaugural award and the advisory board. The […]

BBC 4 to Broadcast Reading of Abi Daré’s The Girl with the Louding Voice

BBC 4 to Broadcast The Girl with the Louding Voice by Abi Daré

Abi Daré’s The Girl with the Louding Voice will be narrated on BBC 4 by actress Ronkẹ Adékoluẹjo. The novel […]

The 2021 Aspen Words Literary Prize is Now Open for Entry

Apply for the 2021 Aspen Words Literary Prize

The Aspen Words Literary Prize is open for entry as of today. The $35,000 prize annually rewards an “influential work […]

July 10 | Sarah Ladipo Manyika Hosts Strive Masiyiwa on Conversations Across the Diaspora

July 10 _ Sarah Ladipo Manyika Hosts Strive Masiyiwas on Conversations Across the Diaspora

Sarah Ladipo Manyika, author of In Dependence (2008) and Like A Mule Bringing Ice Cream To The Sun (2016), has teamed up […]

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