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Long Before #MeToo, There Was Firdaus | Shayera Dark

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Long before Twitter and the #MeToo movement, there was Firdaus, a sex worker who was on death row for murdering her pimp. Her story, narrated to and chronicled by Egyptian feminist author Nawal El Sadaawi in the first-person biography-novel Woman at Point Zero, remains perennially relevant in its unflinching rendering of ways men have and continue […]

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Knife-cuts Like Questions on My Left Wrist | Three Poems by D. E. Benson

Waking, Or Knife-cuts like Questions on my Left Wrist “I wake up and on the other side of the bed is a name that claims me. I cannot conjure what I was before that moment: rays slicing through the wood door are knife cuts like the questions on my left wrist. What is a man? […]

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Our Husband Grief | Christine Odeph | Fiction

“HAVE YOU GREETED Onindo?” It is impossible for Akello not to smile. How often does your auntie try to matchmake you with someone you might be related to a few hours before you bury your sister? Auntie’s voice is scratchy, the hallmark of a professional mourner. Twenty minutes earlier she had been prostrate on the […]

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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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Review | Cassava Republic’s “She Called Me Woman: Nigeria’s Queer Women Speak” | Cisi Eze

  Publication Date: TBA. Publisher: Cassava Republic Press. Number of Pages: 342. *** Art is most beautiful when we find pieces of ourselves in it, when it resonates with our realities or what we want our realities to be. She Called Me Woman: Nigeria’s Queer Women Speak transcends beautiful. This history-making opus will shake the tables […]

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Freedom | Sobantu Mzwakali | Fiction

THERE IS NO need to see the sun in these intense blue skies.  It is foreboding, ominous and could be felt; it is in the air. Bright as a firefly, today is a sultry afternoon in the dusty streets of Hani Park – an informal settlement founded in 1993 following the murder of struggle stalwart, […]

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From “Logarhythms” to “The Hate Artist”: Texts, Sub-texts, and the Art of Naming in Niran Okewole’s Poetry | Tosin Gbogi

Logarhythms is Niran Okewole’s first poetry collection, and it is with this that he established himself as a poet to be taken seriously. As its title suggests, Logarhythms strives to blend scientific precision (of logarithm) with poetic musicality (rhythms) in a bid to create something both human and humane. The book equally draws attention to […]

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Notice. Lake Kills | Three Poems by Lillian Akampurira Aujo

Jambula Tree When Sylvie and I are six we eat jambula till our tongues turn indigo then we travel home with night licking our heels. In the morning, our foreheads still anointed in violet blessings, we twine our stick-arms around its branches and stuff banana fibre dolls in the hollows of its roots. We swaddle […]

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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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There are many literary projects making a difference in the way we read and talk about African literature. One of […]

Chibundu Onuzo is Coming to America! | See All the Dates

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US-based fans of Chibundu Onuzo are in luck. Her critically acclaimed second novel Welcome to Lagos will officially be released in […]

“I Pushed His Hand Away…Gently”: Chimamanda Adichie on Being Sexually Harassed at 17

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At the Stockholm Forum on Gender Equality, held 15-17 April, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie talked about “a powerful man in the […]

Poet Nacima Qorane Sentenced to Jail in Somaliland for Advocating for a Reunified Somalia

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A court in the self-declared Republic of Somaliland has sentenced poet Nacima Qorane to three years in jail for her […]

Brittle Paper Deputy Editor Otosirieze Obi-Young Signs with Booker Prize-Famed Literary Agency

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Brittle Paper’s Deputy Editor Otosirieze Obi-young has joined the client list of David Godwin Associates (DGA), the same agency representing […]

Agwaetiti Obiụtọ | Watch the Trailer of Onyeka Nwelue’s Riveting New Film

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Nigerian writer Onyeka Nwelue has a new film out. Agwaetiti Obiụtọ, an Igbo language feature, is a satire focused on the lives […]

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