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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 the US market on May 1 by Catapult. Onuzo kicks off a month-long US tour on the same day of the release. It promises to be an exciting tour. She will stop at major US […]

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Brunel Prize 2018 Poems Review | Part 1: Nour Kamel and Gbenga Adeoba

Last week, we announced our inaugural Brunel Prize Poems Review Series. Our reviews of the poems shortlisted for the 2018 Brunel International African Poetry Prize begins with readings of entries by Nour Kamel and Gbenga Adeoba, by Brittle Paper writer Kanyinsola Olorunninsola. NOUR KAMEL Nour Kamel is a writer based in Cairo, Egypt. She also […]

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Introducing Brittle Paper’s Brunel Prize Poems Review Series

The entry of African Poetry Book Fund (APBF) expanded in more than one way the African literary scene. With its chapbook series and prizes, it helped revolutionize the poetry landscape on the continent. While the Glenna Luschei Prize, which honours a collection, and the Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets, which recognizes best first […]

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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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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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Book Excerpt | Peter Kimani’s “Dance of the Jakaranda”

Saqi Books is releasing the UK edition of Peter Kimani’s Dance of the Jakaranda, originally published last year by Akashic Books. Set in 1960s Kenya, “the novel traces the lives and loves of three men—preacher Richard Turnbull, the colonial administrator Ian McDonald, and Indian technician Babu Salim—whose lives intersect when they are implicated in the […]

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Review | Anietie Isong’s Radio Sunrise Tackles the Commodification of Journalism

  Fiction Title: Radio Sunrise Author: Anietie Isong Buy: Amazon Great Britain. Jacaranda Books. 2017. 189 pages. *** Anietie Isong in his debut novel Radio Sunrise unequivocally addresses unethical journalism. The striking cover page bears a picture of a wad of dollars atop a brown envelope and leads the reader into a story where flawed […]

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Review | Style and Sex in Mitterand Okorie’s “All That Was Bright and Ugly” | Immanuel James Ibe-Anyanwu

Three Facebook inboxes gossiping Mitterand Okorie’s All That Was Bright and Ugly hastened my search for the book. All three condemned it, never mind that one had openly praised it on a Facebook thread. Turned out it was, for the most part, moral outrage as criticism, conservative readership bemoaning a book’s erotic nuisance. Which is […]

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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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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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