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“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 media” who sexually harassed her in 1994. [Read the full transcription below]. She was only 17 then, had just finished poetry collection she describes as “really bad poetry,” and had taken it to the man […]

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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 poetry which advocates for the reunification of Somalia, BBC reports. She was “found guilty of bringing the state into contempt by advocating for Somaliland to reunite with Somalia.” Somaliland, a self-governing region of Somalia, declared […]

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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 Booker Prize winners Arundhati Roy and Aravind Adiga, and that represented another winner in Kiran Desai, as well as Aminatta Forna. We are still reeling from sharing in the joy of this amazing milestone. This is […]

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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 of four friends—Bugzy Dvinci, Willie, Arbenco and Akah—who are drawn from their different lives by a promise, by Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), to pay the youth in their community, Oguta, Imo State, Nigeria. The film […]

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Awele Creative Trust Award Releases 2017 Shortlist

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A six-name shortlist has been announced for the 2017 Awele Creative Trust Award, following a four-month period of deliberation. Now in its fourth year, the N50,000 Awele Creative Trust Award is an annual contest dedicated to celebrating short fiction from Nigeria. The award is organised by Awele Creative Trust, an initiative founded by Chika Unigwe, author of […]

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Mukoma wa Ngugi’s The Rise of the African Novel Tackles the Major Crisis in African Literary Criticism

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Kenyan novelist and Professor of English at Cornell University, Mukoma wa Ngugi, has a new book out, which tackles essential questions of African literary traditions and generations. The Rise of the African Novel: Politics of Language, Identity and Ownership—published in the US by University of Michigan Press in March and forthcoming in Southern, Western and Eastern […]

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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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Asymptote Journal Wants Nigerian Indigenous-Language Writers

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Asymptote Journal is seeking Nigerian indigenous-language writers. Asymptote has published such names as Nobel Prize in Literature winners J.M. Coetzee and Herta Müller as well as championed undiscovered talent from 109 countries and 90 languages. For their efforts in promoting world literature, Asymptote was awarded the 2015 London Book Fair’s International Translation Initiative Award. In a […]

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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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