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Romeo Oriogun Shares Heartfelt, Powerful Personal Story as Anticipation Peaks for His Debut Poetry Collection, Sacrament of Bodies

Romeo Oriogun’s debut poetry collection Sacrament of Bodies is still some 12 days away from its March 1 publication date but the anticipation is reaching fever-pitch. Sacrament of Bodies interrogates queerness, masculinity, and Nigerianness, and is a meditation on pain, love, joy, and how we overcome. The book has some big fans in Ilya Kaminsky […]

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Book Review | Adedayo Agarau’s The Arrival of Rain | Michael Chiedoziem Chukwudera

The opening lines of Adedayo Agarau’s poetry chapbook The Arrival of Rain (Vegetarian Alcoholic Press, 2020) goes: “broken every time the door opens/or is banged against your face/you can count your losses/but do you remember my name?” The poem is titled “look how far i’ve come,” and the reader will most likely pause after reading […]

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Mother Tongues | Victoria Adukwei Bulley’s Poetry & Translation Series is an Intergenerational Celebration of Language & Culture

At the 2019 Lagos International Poetry Festival, the Ghanaian-British poet Victoria Adukwei Bulley screened her film, Mother Tongues, “a poetry, translation and film series celebrating acclaimed poets of colour alongside the cultures, languages and women that have nurtured them.” Bulley’s poetry has been shortlisted for the Brunel International African Poetry Prize, featured on BBC Radio […]

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Editor’s Note | 20.35 Africa: An Anthology of Contemporary Poetry, Issue II | Ebenezer Agu

In producing this anthology, there were challenges we had not foreseen, mostly because the individuals involved lived in different continents and time zones. Wile it has been exhausting, we have also experienced that rewarding joy of pulling off a difficult task. This year, we worked with 30 contributors, Yasmin Belkhyr and Kayo Chigonyi as guest […]

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Submit to the Young African Poets Anthology, Guest-edited by Itiola Jones & Nome Patrick Emeka

The Young African Poets Anthology is a project by the Nigerian writers Ernest Ogunyemi and Fiyinfoluwa Timothy Oladipo, for poets between the ages of 15 and 19. It will be guest-edited by Itiola Jones, winner of the 2018 Brittle Paper Award for Poetry, and Nome Patrick Emeka, finalist for the 2018 Sillerman First Book Prize […]

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Poetry Chapbook Review | Ama Asantewa Diaka’s You Too Will Know Me | Nana Prempeh

Publisher: Akashic Books. As part of African Poetry Book Fund (APBF)’s New-Generation African Poets: A Chapbook Box Set (Sita), edited by Kwame Dawes and Chris Abani. Publication Date: 11 June 2019. * In You Too Will Know Me, the debut chapbook by the Ghanaian poet Ama Asantewa Diaka, life is a paradoxical tightrope and she […]

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Brunel Prize 2019 Poems Review | Part 5: Inua Ellams & Nadra Mabrouk

In 2018, Brittle Paper introduced a Brunel Prize Poems Review series, starting with poems on that year’s shortlist. The series returns for the 2019 Prize. READ: Brunel Prize 2019 Poems Review | Part 1: Jamila Osman & Selina Nwulu READ: Brunel Prize 2019 Poems Review | Part 2: Omotara James & K. Eltinae READ: Brunel Prize 2019 Poems Review | Part 3: Afua […]

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Brunel Prize 2019 Poems Review | Part 3: Afua Ansong & Mary-Alice Daniel

In 2018, Brittle Paper introduced a Brunel Prize Poems Review series, starting with poems on that year’s shortlist. The series returns for the 2019 Prize. READ: Brunel Prize 2019 Poems Review | Part 1: Jamila Osman & Selina Nwulu READ: Brunel Prize 2019 Poems Review | Part 2: Omotara James & K. Eltinae The 2019 Brunel International African Poetry Prize shortlist came […]

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Some Exclusive Details on EC Osondu’s New Novel When the Sky is Ready the Stars Will Appear

EC Osondu's New Novel When the Sky is Ready the Stars Will Appear

Nigerian author E C Osondu has a new novel on the way, and we have some exclusive details on the synopsis […]

Nwando Achebe’s New Book Celebrates Centuries of Female Power in Africa

Nwando Achebe's New Book Celebrates Centuries of Female Power in Africa

A new book by renowned historian Nwando Achebe traces a history of African women in power. Female Monarchs and Merchant […]

My Memories Are of Flowers | Sodiq Oyekanmi | Poetry

My Memories Are of Flowers _ Sodiq Oyekanmi _ Poetry

to the tome of memories tonight I revisit opening pages of the past like a writer editing a dusty manuscript, […]

Umbrella | Meredith Chiwenkpe Asuru | Fiction

Umbrella _ Meredith Chiwenkpe Asuru _ Fiction (1)

  “Are you coming in or not?” she asked in a seductive tone, three fingers raised slightly above her neck. […]

Nnedi Okorafor’s LaGuardia Wins 2020 Hugo Award for Best Graphic Story or Comic

Nnedi Okorafor's LaGuardia Wins 2020 Hugo Award for Best Graphic Story or Comic (3)

Nigeria’s Nnedi Okorafor is on a roll! Barely two weeks since bagging an Eisner Award, Okarafor wins the coveted Hugo […]

Ugandan Novelist Jennifer Makumbi on All-Female Short Story Prize Longlist

Jennifer Makumbi on All-Female Short Story Prize Longlist

Celebrated Ugandan author Jennifer Makumbi is on the longlist of the 2020 Edge Hill Short Story Prize for her debut […]

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