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Zaynab Quadri on Why You Should Attend Ake Arts and Book Festival

Zaynab Quadri is Nigeria’s leading bookstagrammer, and she says that everyone who can should make it a point of duty to attend this year’s edition of Ake Arts and Book Festival running from November 14 to the 18th. Ake Festival is an annual literary and cultural extravaganza featuring film screenings, art exhibitions, panel discussion, poetry […]

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Teju Cole’s Blind Spot Features an Unusual Blend of Text and Images

Teju Cole, that master of all intellectual trades, has a new book out. An unusual book. Even though Cole has had a successful career as a photographer, he is most widely known for his literary works. But with this new book, these two somewhat warring vocations unite in a visual art project that The Guardian is […]

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Imbolo Mbue: Brittle Paper Interview | The Ask Series: No 1

Imbolo Mbue can still remember where she was when she picked up a call and heard a voice say to her, “Hi Imbolo, It’s Oprah.” Oprah had called to tell her that her debut novel, Behold the Dreamers (2016), had been chosen as the 2017 Oprah’s Book Club selection. In an interview with Oprah’s friend and colleague Gayle […]

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EVENT: Brittle Paper Editor Ainehi Edoro Presents Lecture on African Literature in Oslo | May 24

What if African writers are read independent of their origin? What if they are read as though with a different identity? What if Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart is read not as the story of an Igbo man in a society succumbing to colonialism but as that of a Frenchman adjusting to German occupation in […]

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Chimamanda Adichie’s Best Looks from the Dear Ijeawele Book Tour

Over the last two months, Chimamanda Adichie has been on the road publicizing her new book Dear Ijeawele. She’s spoken at Johns Hopkins University, the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, the Women in the World Summit, George Town University and a host of international venues. Earlier this week she appeared on CNN as a […]

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Dear Genevieve | Twelve Steps to Becoming a Writer (pt. 10) | by Pa Ikhide

These are really interesting times we live in. As a voracious reader who writes occasionally, I am often asked by young writers for advice or successful tips on writing. I used to find this hilarious given that I have never ever bothered to publish a book and it is my desire to die without having […]

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2017 Caine Prize Updates | 148 Stories Submitted from 22 Countries

2017 marks the 18th edition of the Caine Prize for African Writing. With entries closing on January 31st, the race to winning one of Africa’s most prestigious literary prizes is officially on. We know you guys are itching for information about this years edition of the prize. We were recently notified of a few updates […]

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Dear Genevieve | Africa Reads and Writes! (pt. 8) | by Pa Ikhide

I am in my sunroom looking out the window, wishing I could travel. I would love to just go away from America for a bit. I really don’t care where I go. Nigeria would be great. I miss my mother, Izuma. She has all these wondrous stories, and I am thinking it would be great […]

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I hold a doctorate in English from Duke University and recently joined the Marquette University English faculty as an Assistant Professor. I love teaching African fiction and contemporary British novels. Brittle Paper is the virtual space/station where I play and experiment with ideas on how to reinvent African fiction and literary culture.

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How Egyptian Music Icon Abdel Halim Hafez Became a Centrepiece in Safia Elhillo’s “The January Children”

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Sudanese poet Safia Elhillo has received the 2015 Brunel International African Poetry Prize, with her poem “application for assylum” shortlisted […]

Heaven Is a Place South of Here | Kanyinsola Olorunninsola | Memoir

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And because no man is permitted entry into heaven without a sacrifice of his own. . . the story of […]

Lupita Nyong’o Announces New Children’s Book, “Sulwe”

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Oscar-winning Kenyan actress Lupita Nyong’o has announced a new children’s book titled Sulwe. The book, reports The New York Times, […]

14: An Anthology of Queer Art | Vol. 2: The Inward Gaze

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A few days ago, we announced the gorgeous cover for the LGBTQI art collective 14’s second volume, which featured snippets […]

The “Black Panther” Comic: Nnedi Okorafor Says Wakanda Is “Close to” Kenyan County

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The forthcoming Black Panther movie, starring Lupita Nyong’o, Chadwick Boseman and Michael B. Jordan, has generated a world of hype. To sustain […]

Opportunity for African Writers | Submit to AFREADA’s Valentine’s Day Contest and Anthology

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AFREADA magazine is putting together a Valentine/love-themed anthology. Founded by its editor Nancy Adimora, who contributed to our Christmas books-to-read […]

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