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Meet Omi, the First Yoruba Character in the Star Wars Anthology Series

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Nnedi Okorafor is known for building fictional worlds from elements drawn from African culture and narratives. Her recent contribution to the Star Wars: From a Point of View anthology is no different. To celebrate the 4oth anniversary of the Star Wars series, a group of writers were commissioned to write stories from the point of […]

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A Kenyan Tank Engine Joins The Hit Children’s TV Show Thomas & Friends

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Thomas the Tank Engine is the fictional character in Reverent Wilbert Awdry’s The Railway Series about steam locomotives. Thomas who is celebrated and well-loved by children the world over is also the lead character in the TV Show titled Thomas and Friends. Mattel, the company who owns the rights to the series, recently announced that […]

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Our Favorite Sci-Fi Filmmaker Wanuri Kahiu Publishes a Children’s Book

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For those of you who are desperately and constantly in search of African children’s books, Wanuri Kahiu’s recent collaboration with Lantana Publishing is a gift. The book, written by Kenyan writer and filmmaker Wanuri Kahiu, is titled The Wooden Camel. It tells the story of Etabo, a Turkana boy living in the Northwest of Kenya, […]

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Akwaeke Emezi and Uzodinma Had a Moment

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Akwaeke Emezi is, in more ways than one, the writer we all want to be. Her debut novel is still four months away from publication and the author is already doing book signing events and…wait for this…she is finishing the manuscript for her third book. In the midst of all these craziness, she found time […]

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The Brittle Paper Award for Essays/Think Pieces: Meet the Nominees

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To mark our seventh anniversary on August 1, 2017, we announced the inaugural Brittle Paper Literary Awards, to recognize the finest, original pieces of African writing published online. The awards come in five categories: Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction, Essays/Think Pieces, and the Anniversary Award for works published on our blog. The winners in the fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction and essays/think pieces […]

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Burundi’s Pacifique Irankunda Awarded a $40,000 Whiting Creative Nonfiction Grant | Read an Excerpt from the Manuscript

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Burundian writer Pacifique Irankunda has been awarded a $40,000 Whiting Creative Nonfiction Grant. The grant is for the completion of his book, The Times of Stories, which the judges have called “one of the most astonishing debuts of a generation.” The Whiting Creative Nonfiction Grant is given to “writers in the process of completing a book […]

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Writing Black Canadas | Transition’s Issue 124 Has Wole Soyinka, Profiles Toni Morrison

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Transition magazine has announced its Issue 124. Titled “Writing Black Canadas,” the issue marks the Canadian confederation’s 150th anniversary and celebrates over four hundred years of Black presence in Canada. It contains a profile of Toni Morrison by Sarah Ladipo Manyika and a tribute to F. Abiola Irele by Wole Soyinka. In issue 124, “Writing Black Canadas,” […]

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Bye, Bye Bare Walls! | Lidudumalingani is Now Selling Prints of His Photographs

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South African writer and photographer Lidudumalingani now has an Instagram storefront where he sells prints of his photographs. Lidudumalingani first stole our hearts when his short story “Memories We Lost” won him the 2016 Caine Prize for African Fiction. We’ve since kept an eye on his work, including his photographs, which he shares on Instagram […]

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The 2017 Brittle Paper Literary Awards: The Winners

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The Brittle Paper Literary Awards is our way of recognizing the finest, original pieces of literature by Africans available online […]

Brittle Paper Poet, Ademola Enoch, Wins Goal.com’s Essay Contest

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Early September, we announced the football essay contest organised by Goal.com Nigeria. We are elated to announce now that the […]

The Brittle Paper Award for Creative Nonfiction/Memoir: Meet the Nominees

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To mark our seventh anniversary on August 1, 2017, we announced the inaugural Brittle Paper Literary Awards, to recognize the finest, original pieces of […]

PHOTOS | Book Launch of Dr. Kehinde A. Ayoola’s Awaken! A Compilation of Scriptures

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On Sunday, September 17th, US-based Nigerian author Dr. Kehinde Ayoola celebrated the publication of her new book with friends, family, […]

Chike Frankie Edozien’s Lives of Great Men | Inside Nigeria’s First Memoir About LGBTQ Life

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Chike Frankie Edozien, professor of journalism at New York University, has a remarkable book forthcoming. The memoir, titled Lives of […]

Africa39 Author and Caine Prize Winner Mary Watson’s New Novel Arrives in 2018

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Mary Watson, Africa39 author and winner of the 2008 Caine Prize, will have her third book released in February 2018. […]

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