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The Respect of a First Wife | by Bunmi Anjorin-Kogbe | An African Story

The yam was cooked. Ore, refusing to use a dish cloth, removed the pot from the cooker and set it on the worktop next to the bowl of ground pepper, tomatoes and onions. On opening the pot the steam wafted to the ceiling, disintegrating in the atmosphere. There was still enough water in the pot, […]

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Not Yet Uhuru! | by James Ogunjimi |An African Story

He first time he came across those words in a community library. Books at the library were being rearranged and those tagged ‘old’ were being discarded to make way for new ones. He had seen those words written boldly on the cover of a book sitting on the floor of the bookshelf. Like ant to […]

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Chanji | Amatesiro Dore | Fiction

Finally it’s our turn to queue in front of the dogonyaro tree. The men did last week. “Father’s name?” The Registration Man asks. “Aliyu,” I say. He frowns like it’s my fault he asked the wrong question. He ought to have asked for my husband’s name. He asks the correct question. I think: should I […]

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The Last Mathematician | by Kearoma Mosata | An African Story

This morning the last mathematician took his last breath. Silently, serenely and without warning he heaved a sigh of content at a life well lived and wandered off to join the greats. *** This morning I woke up at my usual time and made my sick father bogobe. I served it with sugar and milk as […]

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Blessed by a Witch | by Dorothy Diamond | An African Story

Leila loved going to the botanical gardens and spending some quiet time alone, with her bible in hand. It was part of her routine after Sunday service—to avoid a heated lunch conversation with her mother in law, who had taken over the meals at the table after church. Leila had no place at all, no […]

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End of the World, Perhaps | by Erhu Amreyan | An African Story

It was on a normal Saturday morning that the world decided to go to shit. I’d just returned to my apartment after meeting a client, all worn out and tired. I took a cold shower and made myself some breakfast—corn flakes, toast and jam, tea and vodka. I never eat anything without alcohol. Call me […]

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Unspeakable Joy | Djarabi Al-Misaawi | African Erotica

When he came, it was not a soft, hesitant, indecisive knock on my door, but a very assured pounding. *** I catch a glimpse of myself in the mirror as I hurry to the door, and I hesitate. Almost instinctively I reach for my headscarf and wrap it round my head. I am tempted to […]

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A Chance to Meet Kemi Adetiba | by Nnamdi Oguike  | An African Story

The National Theatre stands ahead of us, shaped like the cap of an army general. Guy and I have just participated in an audition for the next season’s Nigeria Has Got Talent. We are either auditioning for acting roles in highbrow sitcoms or soaps or singing and dancing out our invention of routines before a […]

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Chimurenga’s Broadcast & Book Launch at The New School (NYC) Will Explore African American Participation in & Cultural-Historical Complexity of FESTAC ’77 | 23-25 October

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Press release: Chimurenga at The New School, NYC | 23 -25 October 2019 From 23–25 October 2019, Chimurenga will install its Pan […]

Children of Virtue and Vengeance | Read an Excerpt from the Second Novel in Tomi Adeyemi’s Legacy of Orisha Trilogy

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A few months back, Adeyemi unveiled the cover for Children of Virtue and Vengeance, the second installment in her Legacy […]

Otosirieze Obi-Young Talks Brittle Paper’s Support for Queer Writers in Literary Hub Profile

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Brittle Paper‘s deputy editor Otosirieze Obi-Young was recently profiled on Literary Hub. The October 3 feature is titled “On a […]

Book Review | Cheluchi Onyemelukwe-Onuobia’s The Son of the House | Ikhide Ikheloa

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Triumphant Tales of Many Daughters in Houses of Hurt The smell of last night’s ora soup had clung to the […]

Jude Idada Awarded 2019 NLNG Prize, for Children’s Novel Exploring Sickle Cell Disease

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The Nigerian writer and filmmaker Jude Idada has been awarded the 2019 Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG) Prize for Literature, […]

Bernardine Evaristo: Your Guide to All Eight Books by the Booker Prize Winner

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While better known in the African literary scene as the founder of the massively influential Brunel International African Poetry Prize, […]

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