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Cassava Republic Press to Start African Language Imprint with $20,000 African Publishing Innovation Fund Grant

On October 29, 2019, five African organizations related to writing and publishing, including leading Nigerian publisher Cassava Republic Press, were awarded a $20,000 grant each by the African Publishing Innovation Fund. In a statement published on Facebook on November 1, 2019, which Brittle Paper is recirculating in full with permission, Bibi Bakare-Yusuf, co-founder and publishing […]

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Help Fund a Multimedia Dictionary of Yoruba Names

If you’re looking to express your passion for African literature by supporting an African literary project, here is something to consider. Last week, Nigerian linguist Kola Tubosun, who is also a fellow literary blogger, informed me of his plans to put together a Yoruba name dictionary of sorts—“an online multimedia database of all Yoruba names.” […]

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Do We Need a Yoruba Translation of Einstein’s Theory of Relativity?

The scarcity of novels in African languages is not the only reason why we should be concerned about the future of African languages. What worries me more than anything is the absence of translations in these languages. Why isn’t there a Dinka translation of Plato’s Republic, a Yoruba translation of Madame Bovary, a Hausa translation […]

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Video | “Adichie’s Metaphysical Empire”? Ngugi Interviewed on BBC’s Hardtalk

To write or not to in an African language. 40 years later, that is the question still bugging Ngugi wa Thiongo. In this video, he speaks on the place of language and translation in contemporary African fiction while being interviewed by  Gavin Esler of Hardtalk Extra, the art-centered version of the popular BBC talk show […]

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Untranslatable African Words: The Case of “Ilunga”

Today’s post is about African language. I don’t know how true this is but American essayist, Pamela Haag, writes in a recent post that the Bantu word, “ilunga,” was named the most difficult word to translate in 2004. Wondering what “ilunga” means? See her attempt to translate it below.    “Ilunga (Bantu): A person who is willing […]

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#Valentine’sDay | Which Book Character Are You in Love With? 17 Writers Tell Us

Brittle Paper's Top 15 Debut Books of 2019

Writers love to write about love. Even in the fabric of fundamentally political books are scintillating love stories. These love […]

Professor Taban Lo Liyong Suspended by University of Juba Over Open Letter on South Sudanese States’ Boundaries

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The prominent South Sudanese academic and writer Taban Lo Liyong has been suspended without pay by the University of Juba, […]

Attend SBMEN’s Workshop: Developing an Editor’s Mindset | 22-23 February 2020

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PRESS RELEASE: SBMEN Announces Its First Editing Workshop for Editors and Writers This February 2020 Lagos, 14 February 2020 — […]

“He was the most generous writer of his generation”: Pwaangulongii Dauod on Binyavanga’s Passion & Love

Binyavanga Wainaina by Victor Dlamini

The great Binyavanga Wainaina passed on in May 2019 at the age of 48. He may have left behind just […]

Enter for Boston Review’s (Free) 2020 Short Story & Poetry Contests Worth $1,000 & Publication

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The US-based magazine Boston Review has announced short story and poetry contests, each worth $1,000 and publication, both based on “a […]

Tochi Onyebuchi Talks New Book, Riot Baby, on Trevor Noah’s The Daily Show

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The Nigerian novelist Tochi Onyebuchi was on Trevor Noah’s The Daily Show to discuss his new YA book Riot Baby. […]

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