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Victor Ehikhamenor’s Gorgeous Co-Working Space, Angels & Muse, to be Featured in Netflix Reality TV Series, Amazing Interiors

Last year, the award-winning artist and writer Victor Ehikhamenor opened a multi-modal co-working space in Lagos called Angels and Muse. Located at 5, Sumbo Jibowu Street, off Awolowo Road, Ikoyi, it is a marvelous one, walls draped with murals, stained glass, and beautiful lighting, making for a stunning visual and immersive experience. The creative hub, […]

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The 2019 Purple Hibiscus Writing Workshop, to Be Held in Awka, Now Open for Applications 

In 2018, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie announced the return of her annual workshop, after its one-year hiatus in 2017 necessitated by a lack of sponsorship. The workshop changed its name from Farafina Trust Creative Writing Workshop to Purple Hibiscus Trust Creative Writing Workshop, named after her debut novel. The change of name was explainable, as Chimamanda […]

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Chimurenga’s Broadcast & Book Launch at The New School (NYC) Will Explore African American Participation in & Cultural-Historical Complexity of FESTAC ’77 | 23-25 October

Press release: Chimurenga at The New School, NYC | 23 -25 October 2019 From 23–25 October 2019, Chimurenga will install its Pan African Space Station (PASS) at The New School’s Arnold and Sheila Aronson Galleries, New York City. The three-day broadcast, which will run from 3pm – 7pm (EDT) daily, will explore the participation of African American artists, […]

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Children of Virtue and Vengeance | Read an Excerpt from the Second Novel in Tomi Adeyemi’s Legacy of Orisha Trilogy

A few months back, Adeyemi unveiled the cover for Children of Virtue and Vengeance, the second installment in her Legacy of Orisha trilogy, forthcoming on 3 December 2019. She told Essence that she had difficulty finding the perfect cover, before deciding on the one by the artist Sarah Jones, and that it is important that […]

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Otosirieze Obi-Young Talks Brittle Paper’s Support for Queer Writers in Literary Hub Profile

Brittle Paper‘s deputy editor Otosirieze Obi-Young was recently profiled on Literary Hub. The October 3 feature is titled “On a Progressive Platform for New African Literature” and is one of those long-overdue recognitions that are heartwarming. It was a timely for our #QueerYourAfricanRead project and was published just after our panel at the 2019 Lambda […]

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Bernardine Evaristo: Your Guide to All Eight Books by the Booker Prize Winner

While better known in the African literary scene as the founder of the massively influential Brunel International African Poetry Prize, Bernardine Anne Mobolaji Evaristo, born in 1959 to a Nigerian father and an English mother, has for two decades been one of the most innovative writers in British and contemporary literature, reimagining history to create […]

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TJ Benson’s Forthcoming Novel, The Madhouse, Follows a Troubled Family Across Four Decades

The Nigerian writer TJ Benson has a new novel set to be published by Masobe Books in 2020. A new publishing house, authors on Masobe Books’ list include Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani, Chimeka Garricks, and Michael Afenfia. Titled The Madhouse, Benson’s novel “chronicles the lives of an unorthodox couple: a young woman, her husband and two […]

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The Guardian UK Criticized for Headline Calling Bernardine Evaristo’s Booker Prize-winning Novel Obscure

Right after Bernardine Evaristo and Margaret Atwood were announced joint winners of the 2019 Booker Prize for Fiction, the UK’s The Guardian published a piece examining the judges’ decision to settle on two winners. The opinion, by the newspaper’s fiction editor Justine Jordan, was given a curious headline: “Booker judges split between huge event novel […]

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Chika Unigwe Speaks About Igbo Identity at Centre for Memories Monthly Distinguished Speaker Series

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Nigerian author and professor Chika Unigwe recently spoke at the Centre for Memories, Enugu Sports Club, Enugu State, Nigeria, as […]

Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi’s Second Novel Acquired by Booker Prize-Winning Publisher, Oneworld

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Oneworld has acquired the rights to Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi’s second novel. Titled The First Woman, the novel is the third […]

African Literati React to Oscars Disqualification of Nigeria’s First Ever Entry, Lionheart, with Conversation on Language, Colonial Legacy

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On November 5, 2019, African Twitter was abuzz with the news that Lionheart (2018), Nigeria’s first ever submission to the Academy […]

Opportunity for African Writers | Submit Your Work for the 2020 K & L Prize

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The 2020 K & L Prize is open for submissions. Currently in its second year, the $1000 NZ prize was […]

South African Literary Awards 2019: All the Winners

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The winners of the 2019 South African Literary Awards (SALA) were announced on Thursday, November 7, at a ceremony held […]

“A Hymen is Where Angels Live”: Chika Unigwe, Molara Wood, Kọ́lá Túbọ̀sún, and the Definitions of Hymen You Never Knew Existed

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Yesterday started off as an ordinary day on African literary Twitter. There was the usual announcement of newly published books […]

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