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The Story We Must Never Forget | Helon Habila Documents the Chibok Tragedy in New Book

Helon Habila tpically writes works that are charged with social and political meaning and relevance. His 2008 novel Oil on Water, which won the Commonwealth Prize, took up issues such as kidnapping, oil conflicts and the problem of militancy in Niger Delta Nigeria. This time around, his latest book tells the stories of the families affected […]

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“I am Liberian, Not a virus” | Hawa Jande Golakai’s Granta Essay is a Dazzling Read

Hawa Jande Golakai takes the art of essay writing to a whole new level in her resent feature on Granta. The essay is titled “Fugee” and chronicles her experience of the Ebola crisis. “Fugee” is originally part of an anthology titled Safe House, a mixed-genre non-fiction collection by African writers. The collection is edited by […]

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Confessions of a Booklover | By Basit Jamiu

Some books hand me the license to question everything, even the life inside me and the lives of others too. Others leave layers of question that slowly evaporates as more pages make a revelation. Some books are just empty, and they need to be read as such. I have seen the truth in fiction and […]

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On Dali, Time and the Matrix of Existence | by Julius Bokoru | An African Essay

I have a false copy of Salvado Dali’s 1931 masterpiece, “The Persistence of Memory.” It is hanging somewhere not too conspicuous in my house. The work is an oil painting of melting clocks in a seemingly scorched background—lifeless, save for a few ants eating off the remains of the clocks. The cryptic nature of the […]

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On Growing up Black, Foreign and Legal in South Africa | Wadeisor Rukato

On Thursday the 30th of April 2015, I stepped off a taxi coming from the Bree taxi rank in order to make my way toward the MTN taxi rank[1]. I was coming from Greenside, where I work as an intern for a consultancy firm. Immediately I stepped onto the curb, I was stopped by an aggressive […]

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Of Seas and Rivers by Julius Bokoru | An Essay on History, Water, & Violence

“Of Seas and Rivers” is a meditation on history as a story of violence stage on the great waters of the world. I am glad to have Julius Bokoru’s work featured for the first time on Brittle Paper. His writing has a subdued cadence that easily turns into poetry when you listen closely. — Editor’s […]

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BBC Apologises to Bernardine Evaristo Over Presenter’s “Another Author” Reference, Following Twitter Backlash

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Last night, the BBC was at the receiving end of a storm on Twitter when a presenter failed to name […]

The 2019 Brittle Paper Award for Fiction: Meet The 5 Finalists

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The 5 Shortlists for The 2019 Brittle Paper Awards were announced in November. Begun in 2017 to mark our seventh anniversary, […]

The 2019 Brittle Paper Award for Essays & Think Pieces: Meet The 5 Finalists

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The 5 Shortlists for The 2019 Brittle Paper Awards were announced in November. Begun in 2017 to mark our seventh anniversary, […]

The Voices I Overcame To Write Silence Is My Mother Tongue | Sulaiman Addonia

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“Do you not want to ever see me again?” my mother said to me on the phone one day in […]

Video & Photos | Echezonachukwu Nduka’s Performance & Public Lecture on African Pianism at Gateway Playhouse, New Jersey

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The poet-pianist Echezonachukwu Nduka, author of the collection Chrysanthemums for Wide-eyed Ghosts (2018), has been offering a reinterpretation of African […]

Tejumola Olaniyan, Eminent Professor of English and African Cultural Studies, Dies at 60

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Tejumola Olaniyan, eminent professor of English and African literature at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, died of heart failure in Madison, […]

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