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Racist Passage From An 1896 Issue of Vogue Magazine

  Why did I go snooping around the vogue digital archive in my school’s library? In my research on Tutuola, I kept coming across references to a Vogue mention of Tutuola’s novel, The Palmwine Drinkard, so I decided to check it out. It sounded cool that in 1953, before Achebe published his novel that allegedly invented […]

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Which Two African Novelists Made The 2013 “Twitterati 100”?

Who do you need to follow on twitter to make sure you have a global handle on world events? Every year, Foreign Policy Magazine publishes a list of 100 people to help you decide. To be on that list is no mean feat. You are essentially the top hundred in a mass of 500 million […]

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The Screwscape Letters—My Dear Afropolitan Africa Is Not Your Auntie’s Kitchen

Your supreme illusion is that you think you are an African. A word of clarification: I am not a cultural Nazi. The problem is not that you’ve never lived in an African country, that you don’t have a passport from an African country, that you don’t know what it means to travel (like a glorified […]

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POW! WOW!: How Do You Imagine Africa?

There’s been much talk about Everyday Africa, a Tumblr photo journal of Ivorians as they go about their ordinary everyday tasks. The photos in the collection are captivating even as they make the simple claim that Africa need not be thought of as exceptionally bad or good. Africa just is. When I think about it like […]

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Writing Zong!

This is Marlene Nourbese writing towards the end of Zong!, in an epigraph of sorts: To not tell the story that must be told, I employed a variety of techniques: —I white out and black out words (is there a difference?). —I mutilate the text as the fabric of African life and the lives of […]

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LOST IN AFRICA: Hegel

The first time I had a copy of Hegel’s writing on Africa in my hands and read it, I was struck by how short it was. A few pages only. Clearly, Hegel did not want to think of Africa for much longer than he needed to. One can’t really fault him. He had his eyes […]

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Renditions of Flight in Time

In case you were wondering, Oron is not the name of a constellation even though it sounds like one.  Oron is a Nigerian border town where Chibuzor Okoroafor lives, attends the Nigerian maritime academy and writes poetry. Oron is “the land of aquatic splendor…a lovely estuary town, connecting the Atlantic… a wonderful place to be,” […]

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Independence of Convenience

Any nation can be summed up by what it remembers and forgets about its past. That is why in America the loudness that accompanies July 4th is matched only by the silence that follows January 1st, the day slavery was officially brought to an end. It’s not that the end of slavery has no meaning […]

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Semicolon | Azeeza Adeowu | Fiction

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  Whenever I see a semicolon while reading a book, I remember Hadiza. I remember her eyes and her mind, […]

Three Studies | Yannick Marshall | Poetry

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  Study 1: Cheek Dune. Collapse of silt into moonlessness. Caravan of silt and silt-covered men you turn your face. […]

Remembering K Sello Duiker, Great Writer of South Africa’s Post-Apartheid Generation, Who Would Have Been 45 This Month

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Kabello “Sello” Duiker, novelist, screenwriter, and one of South Africa’s most exciting creative voices, had a brief but widely impactful […]

Brunel Prize 2019 Poems Review | Part 2: Omotara James & K. Eltinaé

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In 2018, Brittle Paper introduced a Brunel Prize Poems Review series, starting with poems on that year’s shortlist. The series […]

Mubanga Kalimamukwento’s Dinaane Debut Fiction Award-winning Novel, The Mourning Bird, Is an Empowering Portrait of Modern Zambia | Read an Excerpt

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The Zambian writer Mubanga Kalimamukwento’s novel The Mourning Bird recently received the 2019 Dinaane Debut Fiction Award. In addition to […]

Who Killed Kabila II | Chimurenga’s April 2019 The Chronic Issue Uses Creative Imagination & Congolese Music to Subversively Tell a Single Story of Power & Geopolitics

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Chimurenga has released its April 2019 issue of The Chronic. Themed “Who Killed Kabila II,” the issue is built around […]

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