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Heaven Is a Place South of Here | Kanyinsola Olorunninsola | Memoir

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And because no man is permitted entry into heaven without a sacrifice of his own. . . the story of your journey to Ake. 1. Abeokuta was not all too welcoming in the way that glorious Meccas were meant to embrace pilgrims. Its austere collection of distinct brown roofs arranged in military fashion served as […]

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An African in London and Other Reflections on African Literatures | Richard Oduor Oduku

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Richard Oduor Oduku, Jalada Africa co-founder and Brittle Paper Award for Essays finalist, writes about his visit to London, in October of last year, to attend the “SOAS African Literatures Conference – 55 Years After the First Makerere African Writers Conference.” * I pay Taxify charges and lug my bag to Java House. The airport […]

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10 Favourite Books I Read in 2017 | Franklyne Ikediasor

In 2017, I set out to read 50 books. I am currently at 42. I hope to close at 45, which is not so shabby. I am counting down to my best books of 2017—books I read in 2017, because not all of them were published this year. 10. WHAT HAPPENED BY HILLARY CLINTON In […]

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Revisiting Childhood | Adedayo Adeyemi Agarau | Poetry

in church today/ the pastor mentioned the twelve ways to burning in hell/ he did not mention love/ i began to remember/ like lost letters finding their way into sentence/ you, falling out of the pores in my body/ on a soft afternoon/ became my heartbeat/ there is something about falling/ about breaking soft stones/ […]

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Unburnt Ashes | Oppong Clifford Benjamin | Poetry

No wife slams the door behind her unless her body is burning inside her husband’s eyes, her beauty no longer in the eyes of her beholder. There’s a home behind slammed doors where burnt wives go down in ashes, tears and washed away love, where they try something like sitting, like bargaining for a breath. […]

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A Mosaic of Little Things | Blessed Abraham | Fiction

1. “Blessed, what do you want to be when you grow up?” “I wan’to be a mummy. So that when tata cry, I will carry her and give her akamu and breast to suck.” My eyes stared into the big black eyes of my baby sister’s. I smiled. 2. Mummy was late, she said she […]

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Queen Pokou | Sojourner Ahebee | Poetry

when Queen Pokou fled ghana the mouth of the Comoe River opened to say “give me your child”— the choice between nation & son so close you could see the river’s rage shining a deep black/blue, the color of Pokou’s womb when her child escaped her. the story goes so many ways. you could say […]

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Hauntings | Megan Ross | Poetry

i I dream I am a woman in a bath, holding a knife to her throat. The knife opens her up, and the head of a cat emerges from my face. ii I dream I am a woman in a lounge, sitting where her husband sits. She puts the cool blade of a knife to […]

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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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How Egyptian Music Icon Abdel Halim Hafez Became a Centrepiece in Safia Elhillo’s “The January Children”

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Sudanese poet Safia Elhillo has received the 2015 Brunel International African Poetry Prize, with her poem “application for assylum” shortlisted […]

Heaven Is a Place South of Here | Kanyinsola Olorunninsola | Memoir

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And because no man is permitted entry into heaven without a sacrifice of his own. . . the story of […]

Lupita Nyong’o Announces New Children’s Book, “Sulwe”

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Oscar-winning Kenyan actress Lupita Nyong’o has announced a new children’s book titled Sulwe. The book, reports The New York Times, […]

14: An Anthology of Queer Art | Vol. 2: The Inward Gaze

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A few days ago, we announced the gorgeous cover for the LGBTQI art collective 14’s second volume, which featured snippets […]

The “Black Panther” Comic: Nnedi Okorafor Says Wakanda Is “Close to” Kenyan County

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The forthcoming Black Panther movie, starring Lupita Nyong’o, Chadwick Boseman and Michael B. Jordan, has generated a world of hype. To sustain […]

Opportunity for African Writers | Submit to AFREADA’s Valentine’s Day Contest and Anthology

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AFREADA magazine is putting together a Valentine/love-themed anthology. Founded by its editor Nancy Adimora, who contributed to our Christmas books-to-read […]

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