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An Ode to Depression | Victor Enite Abu

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Some mornings, getting out of bed feels like carrying ten bags of cement. Other mornings, you float through space, watching your life pass by from a distance. You are struggling to dig your way out of a bottomless pit. The more you dig, the deeper you plummet. A crashing descent into a bottomless vacuum. You […]

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Sadness Is a Crowd | Tope Ogundare | Two Poems

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The Shot each line on her face is a story of war, each crease tells of battles fought and lost, wounds brandished, hope taken captive. in her eyes sucked of tomorrow are orbs of dimmed light, its objects shadowy illusions. her mouth droops from the weight of sighs, from lamentations and dirges, from offering desperate […]

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Unlabelled | Ishola Abdulwasiu Ayodele | Fiction

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Crusade You’d imagined the possibility of being possessed by demons. But it didn’t make sense. You didn’t feel the presence of any alien energy in you. Your desires, your sexual tastes—they were all you. Once, you went to those crusades where miracles were promised and demons exorcised. The night was cold. You put on your […]

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Chanting Fire | Emmanuel Esomnofu | Poetry

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Inspired by Romeo Oriogun. * One day we’ll sit in a lightless bar and look into each other. Revolution is a song hungry folks don’t sing. We’ll chant fire and cry ice. Maybe you feel happy that a legion of pigeons are flying off your chest, towards a greener land that breeds peppers. _ Our […]

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My Grandaddy Was a Gangsta | Gboyega Odubanjo | Two Poems

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My Grandaddy Was a Gangsta his disciplining stick in one hand a bottle of Fanta in the other, my grandaddy was a gangsta. known from the west coast of Nigeria to North America cos he spread his seeds indiscriminate, like it was going out of fashion. tales say he descended from hills in gold chains […]

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Redemption | Andrew Aondosoo Labe | Poetry

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A Pastor says the devil landed here in ‘77. His broken legs can be seen in the twin-rivers. Three-eyed demons from the West Indies, And dark-skinned centaurs from everywhere, Welcomed the two-horned castaway. That was the beginning of our end, He said, and I trembled with fear. I begged him to pray for me. My […]

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From the Storyteller’s House | Ebenezer Agu | Poetry

There’s always an old man in every castle. Sometimes, when he’s not the king’s physician, he goes about collecting the king’s dues. _ I belong under the king’s reign, in the storyteller’s house, outside the great walls among those appealing for lesser taxes, the ones not needed in the king’s armed service. _ The king’s […]

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Hang No Clothes Here | Bolaji Olatunde | Novel Excerpt

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Hang No Clothes Here, Bolaji Olatunde’s second novel, is out this month from Parresia/Origami Publishers. Set in 2011, it follows a policeman who gets involved in an international struggle between two major drug cartels fighting for the control of the Nigerian route to European and Asian narcotics markets. Here is an excerpt. * Chapter Sixteen The first […]

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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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Chike Frankie Edozien’s Lives of Great Men | Inside Nigeria’s First Memoir About LGBTQ Life

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