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Points of Departure | by Pearl Osibu | An African Story

“When should I have left?” You ask, leaving me speechless. Your plaintive voice, certain in its uncertainty reverberates through my entire being. How can I tell you this? I want to scream at you. I want to tell you you know the answer as well as I. I have known you, my friend of many […]

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WATCH | Room 313 | A Wana Udobang Film | Episode One: Dilim’s Story

Brittle Paper readers would remember Wana Udobang from her story “Shrink” [read HERE] that later morphed into a short film with the same title [watch HERE]. She’s been a busy bee ever since then and recently put out the first of a short-film series exploring trauma. Room 313 is a “series of vignettes” built around […]

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Malaya | by Patrick Ochieng Ochieng | A Nairobi Story

For a man his size his tone is soft and soothing; almost effeminate. He says he has a family and is not used to this sort of thing. However, the missus is in a family way, and he is a man, and he has needs. His beady eyes stare out from under bushy brows. Slowly […]

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Constable Semenya and the Pageant | by Judith Joubert | An African Story

“This is your chance to prove yourselves, trolls,” Lieutenant Colonel Coetzee shouted at the six rookies before him. They are fresh-faced and eager now, he thought, I hope they won’t become jaded too soon – or even worse – corrupt. “Yes, sir,” they answered. “Semenya, you’re in charge. I’m going to the travel agency,” he […]

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The Soundtrack of a Memory | Nnamdi Ibeanusi | Fiction

The old man sits in the bathtub and hums a calming tune, his thoughts lost among the white foams. The heady scent of lavender shampoo is suspended in the air, but it’s been tempered by the severe odors of the old man’s medicated body oils. The majestic blue of the waking sky, punctuated here and […]

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For the Love of Anita and Other Youthful Sexcapades | By Gbolahan Badmus | An African Story

You came back from church and told your boys you were in love. They all asked you who she was and you replied: dark chocolate skin and a mad ass. Anita was the choir girl in your church. You hadn’t yet spoken to her, but you were certain you of your love. You could bet […]

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Maker of Documentaries | by Nnamdi Oguike | An African Short Story

“Jean-Marie de Valmont, the famous French filmmaker, was filming the final episode of a documentary series on Nigerian cuisine when militiamen took him hostage,” read the opening lines of an article published in The Observer. Similar opening lines were in Vanity Fair, The Guardian, and countless French magazines. Miss Winifred Adaeze Uba, his mistress and scriptwriter, […]

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Adichie’s New Story About Immunization Will Warm Your Heart

Adichie is one of the 30 artists—photographers, painters, sculptors, writers, filmmakers, and musicians—asked to each create a piece paying tribute to the success of vaccines in changing lives.  The project, called Art of Saving Lives, is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Adichie’s contribution is this short story tiled “Olikoye” about a pregnant woman and […]

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The Guardian UK Criticized for Headline Calling Bernardine Evaristo’s Booker Prize-winning Novel Obscure

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Right after Bernardine Evaristo and Margaret Atwood were announced joint winners of the 2019 Booker Prize for Fiction, the UK’s […]

Bernardine Evaristo’s Joint Win of the Booker Prize, with Margaret Atwood, Makes Her the First Black Woman & Second Nigerian to Receive the Honour

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The Nigerian-British novelist Bernardine Evaristo has been awarded the 2019 Booker Prize for Fiction, for her novel Girl, Woman, Other, […]

The Queen of Dahomey: Episode Three | The Witches of Auchi Series | Anthony Azekwoh

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There was an old woman with a ragged scar on her cheek who lived alone on the outskirts of Dahomey. […]

Befeqadu Hailu, Ethiopian Writer-Activist & Co-founder of Zone 9 Blog, Named 2019 International Writer of Courage

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Befeqadu Hailu, the Ethiopian writer, activist, and co-founder of the Amharic-language human rights platform Zone 9 Blogging Collective, has been […]

Kalaf Epalanga, Angolan Author & Musician, Named Curator of the 2020 African Book Festival in Berlin

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The Angolan musician and author Kalaf Epalanga, who looks like the actor Mahershala Ali, has been announced as the curator […]

Addis Ababa Noir, Edited by Maaza Mengiste & Featuring Mahtem Shiferraw, Sulaiman Addonia, Linda Yohannes, Meron Hadero, Hannah Giorgis, Forthcoming in April 2020

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Each anthology in Akashic Books’ noir series is “set in a distinct neighborhood or location within the respective city” and […]

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