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The 2000s-10s Generation of Nigerian Writers Has Failed Politically | Michael Chiedoziem Chukwudera

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1. At the Ake Arts and Books Festival in Lagos last October, the novelist Helon Habila said something about identifying as a “Nigerian writer.” “It is easier to identify as, say, an Igbo writer than a Nigerian writer,” he said. “This nation is a colonial construct; it was arbitrarily created; so, calling yourself a ‘Nigerian […]

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After One Comes Ten | Golden Anurika Ahuachaogu | Poetry

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Somewhere in the north, above red earth and foils of prayers, the smell of wet henna fights to outlive the aroma of tuwo. A bride is soaked in coconut oil and pampered with ori. Her eyes, the vision of a dancer. She remembers yesterday: covered in clay and youngness, how she ran in the rain, […]

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Sumbua | Gloria Mari | Fiction

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BEATRICE WATCHES THE parking lot, her ornamental beads jingling. “Is Sumbua coming?” she asks her mother standing beside her. Her mother purses her lips. “I don’t know. But you already have other guests here. Go cater to them.” Beatrice watches the slowly filling parking lot with longing. She hopes her favourite cousin shows up. Mama […]

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This Blood That Not Even the Mountains Can Hold: Megan Ross Rereads Sarah Godsell’s Liquid Bones

“this country of blood” It is just under a year since Impepho Press published Sarah Godsell’s second poetry collection, Liquid Bones. It is October, Spring. In this “summoning season change” we find ourselves, as a country, as femmes, as individuals, as Africans, barely surviving the wave of femicide and xenophobic violence that has torn through […]

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On Transatlantic Shame | I. S. Jones | Poetry

nothing is earned unless something is lost. the ocean grants safe passage, but i fear the cost is too great. you tell yourself, [if i survived Nigeria, there is no greater beast above me], but you grow to understand America is the beast after which all other beasts are named. you try to be a […]

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The Voices I Overcame To Write Silence Is My Mother Tongue | Sulaiman Addonia

“Do you not want to ever see me again?” my mother said to me on the phone one day in late 2008. She was in Eritrea. This was a few months after the publication of my first novel, The Consequences of Love, about the everyday life and the sexual awakening of a young Eritrean immigrant […]

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Vol. II of 20.35 Africa: An Anthology of Contemporary Poetry, Guest-edited by Yasmyn Belkhyr & Kayo Chingonyi, Now Available Here

In November 2018, we published the debut volume of the 20.35 Africa: An Anthology of Contemporary Poetry series. The first of its kind to focus only on poetry from across the continent, the project—edited by the Nigerian poets Ebenezer Agu, D. E. Benson, Gbenga Adeoba, and Chisom Okafor, and the visual artist Osinachi—pushed institutional boundaries […]

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Editor’s Note | 20.35 Africa: An Anthology of Contemporary Poetry, Issue II | Ebenezer Agu

In producing this anthology, there were challenges we had not foreseen, mostly because the individuals involved lived in different continents and time zones. Wile it has been exhausting, we have also experienced that rewarding joy of pulling off a difficult task. This year, we worked with 30 contributors, Yasmin Belkhyr and Kayo Chigonyi as guest […]

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Apply to Africa Is a Country’s $3,000 Fellowship Program for Intellectual & Cultural Producers of Africa-Related Knowledge

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The political and intellectual culture platform Africa Is a Country (AIAC) has announced its inaugural Fellowship Program, “of up to […]

Oxford English Dictionary Recognizes West African English, Adds 29 Nigerian Words & Senses

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Oxford English Dictionary has recognized West African English, bringing its number of World Englishes to 15, including Australian, Canadian, Caribbean, Hong Kong, Irish, […]

100 Most Influential Young Nigerians: Otosirieze Obi-Young, Arit Okpo, Kiki Mordi, Richard Akuson & Olutimehin Adegbeye Make Avance Media’s List

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Brittle Paper’s Deputy Editor Otosirieze Obi-Young has been named one of the “100 Most Influential Young Nigerians” in 2019 by […]

For Working Class Writers & Refugees, Sulaiman Addonia Is Giving Out 40 Free Tickets to the Asmara Addis Festival

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When writing is described as an elitist profession, critics mean that opportunities in the field are determined by access, which […]

Modern Sudanese Poetry | New Anthology Spans Six Decades of Sudanese History & Cultural Intersections

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Modern Sudanese Poetry: An Anthology, translated and edited by the Sudanese poet Adil Babikir, was published in paperback in September […]

Chuma Nwokolo Compensated in Plagiarism Lawsuit Against High Definition Film Studio, Shares More Stories of Plagiarism of His Work

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In November 2019, the Nigerian author Chuma Nwokolo called out Nollywood filmmaker Bright Wonder Obasi for using sections of his […]

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