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When Writers Talk Music: Vol. 3 | Chimamanda Adichie on Phyno, Ntone Edjabe on Fela and Soukous

In August, we launched a fun series, “When Writers Talk Music,” where we collect what African writers have been saying about music. Previous posts featured Teju Cole’s thoughts on Fela and WizKid, Imbolo Mbue’s fondness for Soukous and Makossa, Petina Gappah’s cover of Bob Marley’s “Zimbabwe,” and Ainehi Edoro’s meeting with Afrobeat legend Tony Allen. […]

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When Writers Talk Music: Vol. 1 | Teju Cole on Fela and WizKid, Imbolo Mbue on Soukous and Makossa

Enough of books, let’s talk music. Or let’s read writers talking music. So what happens when writers talk music? Here at Brittle Paper, we try to keep things fun, so we’re launching a weekly series where we collect comments by writers on music. This week, it’s Teju Cole and Imbolo Mbue. Do they love the […]

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Soft Notes and Love Notes | A Review of Odafe Atógun’s Taduno’s Song | By Kọ́lá Túbọ̀sún

  Title: Taduno’s Song Author: Odafe Atógun Pages: 219 Publisher: Ouida Books/CanonGate Year: 2017 Where to buy: ouidabook.com and amazon Odafe Atógun will insist, when asked, that his debut novel Taduno’s Song is NOT a love story but a political one. He will insist, as he did during a book chat I had with him and […]

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Yellow Fever | by Adaeze Ezewa | African Non-Fiction

Her feet catches my attention. The darkened patches on her ankles and toes are calling my name. She’s light skinned, that skin shade that comes from a container most likely prepared by a Yoruba Maami. Yes I said it, Yoruba Maami. Before you come for me with your tribal pride and swords, think of all […]

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Film Adaptation of Uzodinma Iweala’s Beasts of No Nation Set for 2015 Release

Yet another African novel makes a bold entrance into Hollywood. Way back in 2013, Deadline announced that Cary Fukunaga, the director of the critically acclaimed HBO show, True Detective, was teaming up with Idris Elba to film Uzodinma Iweala’s war drama titled, Beasts of No Nation. Word has just come through that the project is done […]

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Schwooming UFOs — A Fela Kuti Theory of Images

In the months leading up to his death, Fela Kuti did an interview with Keziah Jones. He said a lot of crazy things: Europe is technologically advanced because Mungo Park stole a pot containing secrets of technology from Ile Ife; the moon-landing is a hoax; UFOs fly past his window every night. He also said […]

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9 Powerful Quotes by C. O. Ojukwu about History, Biafra, and Revolution

The late ’50s to early ’60s were exciting times in Nigeria. Chinua Achebe had just published Things Fall Apart. Wole Soyinka was back from Leeds and beginning to dazzle people with his playwriting skills. Fela Kuti was laying the ground work for what will become Afrobeat. A few years before, Tai Solarin had built May Flower School and was already […]

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Fela’s Magical Dictionary

 “Yoruba is the Secret of Universal Witchcraft” — Fela Kuti In one of the last interviews before his death, Fela Kuti revealed  that on  January 25th, 1981 he was possessed by a spirit. This possession revealed many things to him, one of which was the secret meaning of words. A kind of linguistic magic—what I […]

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Sarah Waiswa’s Twitter Thread on African Women Photographers Is a Visual Fest

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Recently on Twitter, the Ugandan-born Kenya-based photographer Sarah Waiswa gave us a curation of stunning photos by African female photographers. […]

Genesis | Kharys Laue | Poetry

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  I The beginning contains a seed of the end. II A man stands at the foot of the mountain. […]

GoFundMe | Donate to Help Egyptian Writer and Feminist Icon Nawal El Saadawi Undergo Medical Care

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The Egyptian writer and feminist icon Nawal El Sadaawi is ill. To foot her medical bills, a GoFundMe appeal was […]

The Home Manual | Ayodeji Oluwaseyi Isaac | Fiction

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  You will be coming to my house for the first time, pal, and the following are words to live […]

Every Poem Needs Time to Breathe and Become | Interview with Echezonachukwu Nduka

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  Echezonachukwu Nduka is a Nigerian poet, classical pianist, and musicologist. His poems have appeared in several publications including Saraba, […]

Abiku | Olowogboyega Olumuyiwa | Fiction

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  The tour guide had begun by saying, “Traditional African art is characterized by fear, that’s why most of our […]

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