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Teju Cole Opens a City of Warmth With One Facebook Question

Steering away from his usual posts about weighty political matters,  Teju Cole opened the floor to some truly heartwarming comments when he wrote on Facebook: “Goodness me. What a week, right? So, in the spirit of mutual care, let’s pivot to the positive. What has made you happy? Big stuff, small stuff, tiny stuff: share.” Teju […]

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Sola Osofisan of Africanwriter.com Interviews Me! | Be Prepared For a Fun Read

Hey Brittlepaperians! Here is something for you all. I was interviewed by Sola Osofisan of africanwriter.com. Such a fun experience! He asked all these great questions that made me think deeply about African literature, the contemporary literary scene, and the work we do here at Brittle Paper. Be prepared for a fun read! Thanks to […]

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African Literature in Chains | Are Western Publishers Telling African Novelists What Stories To Write

Adaobi Nwaubani, the Nigerian author of I Do Not Come To You By Chance, recently expressed strong misgivings about the place of African literature within the global literary market. She worries that Western market forces are having undue influence on the African literary scene. In an opinion piece published in the New York Times, she claims […]

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African Literature On Instragram | Teju Cole, Binyavanga, Selasi, Soyinka, Lauren Beukes, Adichie, and More

It’s Friday! And as usual, I like keeping it light and fun at Brittle Paper. Here are a few African literary things I found on Instragram. Cheers to the weekend! Lots of cool stuff in store for you all through next week. See you on Monday!  

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Paging All Teju Cole Fans! Check Out The Téju, a Jacket Named After Teju Cole

    Loving this little love affair between fashion and the African literary scene. So Teju Cole—the author of Open City—and Ikire Jones, a philly-based fashion designer, are chums. For his “Savage and Saints” 2014 Collection, Ikire Jones names an Ankara-print sport coat after Teju Cole. Teju who thinks highly of his friend’s work seems […]

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Ikhide Versus Binyavanga: The Caine Prize Convo—Cainerversation—Continues

I’m loving this back-and-forth taking place on social media over Wainaina Binyavanga’s spiky tweets about the Caine Prize. Not necessarily because of the drama—even though Binyavanga’s irreverent tweets are endlessly entertaining. What I love is how controversies like these stage opportunities for open and honest dialogue about the things that matter to us all in the community. Over […]

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Drama Alert | “Shine Your Fucking Eyes” | Read Binyavanga’s “Dear Caine Prize” Rant

I woke up this morning, dutifully writing a blogpost about the Nobel Prize when I received a message from a friend about some major drama taking place on Wainaina Binyavanga’s twitter feed. I hurried off to Twitter and saw a string of angry tweets criticizing The Caine Prize for African Fiction.  Here is how I understand his concerns:  […]

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Slamming Binyavanga for Slamming the Caine Prize | by Obinna Udenwe

  In a time long forgot, a bird called Nza, one of the tiniest birds ever created by God, finished a sumptuous meal of esusa soup and pounded yam, and while reclining on a soft palm frond, enjoying the evening breeze, and sipping from a gourd cup of fresh palm wine, said to himself, “Now […]

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The 2021 Aspen Words Literary Prize is Now Open for Entry

Apply for the 2021 Aspen Words Literary Prize

The Aspen Words Literary Prize is open for entry as of today. The $35,000 prize annually rewards an “influential work […]

July 10 | Sarah Ladipo Manyika Hosts Strive Masiyiwa on Conversations Across the Diaspora

July 10 _ Sarah Ladipo Manyika Hosts Strive Masiyiwas on Conversations Across the Diaspora

Sarah Ladipo Manyika, author of In Dependence (2008) and Like A Mule Bringing Ice Cream To The Sun (2016), has teamed up […]

Bernardine Evaristo Becomes First Black Writer to Win Author of the Year

Bernardine Evaristo Becomes First Black Writer to Win Author of the Year in the British Book Awards

  Bernardine Evaristo’s winning streak continues as she dominates two categories of the 2020 British Book Awards: Best Fiction Book […]

Apply for the 2020 Morland Writing Scholarship | £27,000 for Nonfiction, £18,000 Fiction

Apply for the 2020 Miles Morland Writing Scholarship

The Miles Morland Foundation is currently accepting applications for the 2020 Morland African Writing Scholarships. The awards offer a fiction […]

The Million Naira Nigeria Prize for Difference and Diversity | Here is How to Nominate Someone

The Million Naira Nigeria Prize for Difference and Diversity _ Here is How to Nominate Someone

Nominations for The Nigeria Prize for Difference & Diversity is officially open. The new prize, co-presented by digital media platform […]

This is Why I am Endowing a N1 Million Prize for Difference and Diversity in Nigeria | Chude Jideonwo

This is Why I am Endowing a N1 Million Prize for Difference and Diversity in Nigeria _ Chude Jideonwo (2)

Last year, I wrote a piece on CNN during Pride Month​—​a month set aside to celebrate sexual and gender diversity […]

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