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Bernard Dadié, the Achebe of Cote d’Ivoire, Wins Literary Prize at 100

Bernard Dadié is 100! His birthday was on January 10, but last week the literary legend had the chance to celebrate the huge milestone in the best way possible. He joined friends and family in Abidjan were he was honored as the winner of the UNESCO sponsored Jamie Torres Bodet award. Winning the award comes with a 50, […]

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Opportunity for African Writers | Experimental Writing: Africa Vs. Latin America | Feb 29 Deadline

The organizers of an Africa-Latin American collaborative project are looking for contributions. See below for more info. First rule is: there are no rules to creativity, writing, thinking, feeling, being. Beat the boundaries, bend, them, push them, pull, exaggerate, spread things around, throw the yoke off, blow smoke up, burn it, throw the ashes into […]

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Petina Gappah’s 2-Second Bob Marley Cover is Perfection

Gappah’s Bob Marley cover should go down in history as the most delightful few seconds in the history of African literature. Okay, maybe we are exaggerating, but still. Gappah whose new novel The Book of Memory was recently released in the US did a moth.org podcast. It was posted a few days ago. In the piece […]

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Africa’s Rising Literary Stars | Sudanese Poet Safia Elhillo Breaks into the Literary Scene on Her Own Terms

Everyone knows that the best part of participating in a literary prize is winning. So big congrats to Sudanese-American poet Safia Elhillo, who recently won the Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets. The African Poetry Book Fund made the announcement, in collaboration with Prairie Schooner, earlier this month. Elhillo comes out the winner in a tight race with […]

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Africa’s Leading Romance Writers Dissect the State of Sex Scenes in African fiction

It’s feels right to talk about sex scenes in novels seeing that we are in the month of love. So I took to Facebook the other day and asked:  Why do African writers suck at writing sex scenes? The intent was not to make offensive generalizations but simply to draw attention to the culture of silence in […]

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Holy Sex Wins Best Short Story Series at the 2015 Nigerian Writers Awards

This weekend had me smiling to the moon and back. Holy Sex, the super-popular story series written by Obinna Udenwe and published here on Brittle Paper won the Nigerian Writers Award for best short story series. {Click here to read the first episode} The Nigerian Writers Awards rewards writers and other industry stakeholders for the work […]

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Flora Nwapa and the Letter That Changed Nigerian Literature Forever

In the early 1960s, Flora Nwapa sent Chinua Achebe a mail containing a manuscript. She probably didn’t imagine that much would come out of it. Unlike most writers of her time, becoming a writer did not start out as a life’s goal. “There was nothing in me when I was in school that made me feel […]

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United Bank for Africa Partners with Nnedi Okorafor to Distribute Her Novel in 9 African Countries

We ended last year with the delightful news that a group of organizations had collaborated to distribute Chimamanda Adichie’s feminist chapbook to every 16 year old in Sweeden. [Click here if you missed it.] Here is yet another good news in the same vein. Nnedi Okorafor announced on Facebook a few days ago that the United Bank […]

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Tell Me | Oreva-Oghene Isaac Oyibojabor | Poetry

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  I slipped through today. When it gets hard, remind me it’s not suicidal to live. Tell me of hope, […]

Broken | Gerald Onyebuchi | Fiction

Broken _ Gerald Onyebuchi _ Fiction (1)

In the cool of the evening you met him. At a pub, a corner all by himself, gulping down shots […]

Nigerian Software Engineer Invents New Igbo Writing System

Nigerian Software Engineer Invents New Igbo Writing System

Lotanna Igwe-Odunze is a software engineer, artist and writer who developed a new system for Igbo writing called the Ńdébé […]

All About Nsah Mala’s Cameroonian Children’s Book Coming Out in Spring 2021

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A US publishing house for children’s literature POW! Kids Books has acquired worldwide rights, excluding Africa, to Cameroonian poet and […]

The Dissolving Center of Achebe’s Things Fall Apart? — Watch Episode 4 of Prof. Ato Quayson’s Vlog

Episode 4 of Prof. Ato Quayson's Vlog

The fourth episode of Professor Ato Quayson’s vlog Critic.Reading.Writing is up! In this week’s episode, the Professor dives into the […]

Namwali Serpell to Join Harvard English Department as Full Professor

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  Namwali Serpell announced on Twitter this week that she will be joining the Harvard English Department as Full Professor […]

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