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Sadness Is a Crowd | Tope Ogundare | Two Poems

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

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

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

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

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

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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Home and Holes | Eric Atie | Fiction

THE DOCTOR says I’ve got a hole in my heart. I tell him that I am aware. I tell him that it is you who dug it in there. He sits opposite me, the doctor, a clean-shaven man with warm eyes that gather moist whenever he blinks. His eyes, they look like yours. He looks […]

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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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Zambian poet Kayo Chingonyi’s first full-length collection, Kumukanda, is receiving praise. The Guardian has hailed its “lyrical elegance” and “many […]

Photos | Nommo Awards 2017: How Africa’s First Ever Speculative Fiction Awards Ceremony Happened

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The announcement of the winners of the inaugural Nommo Awards took place at the ongoing 2017 Ake Arts and Book […]

Goodreads Awards 2017: Vote Chimamanda Adichie’s “Dear Ijeawele” and Nnedi Okorafor’s “Home” in the Final Round

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Earlier this month we announced the online voting for Goodreads’ 2017 awards. The first round saw nominations for four authors having massively […]

#AkeFest2017 | Follow Brittle Paper’s Coverage of Ake Arts and Book Festival

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  Ake Arts and Book Festival is happening in Abeokuta, Nigeria—has been happening since 14 November, to end on 18 […]

Opportunity for Writers and Visual Artists | Apply for the 2017 Artists in Residency Programme

Applications are open for the 2017 Artists in Residency (AIR) programme, an initiative of Africa Centre “seeking high calibre African artists, in […]

South African Literary Awards 2017: All the Winners

The winners of the 2017 South African Literary Awards have been announced. Here they are, with excerpts from their citations. […]

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