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How to Read Your Way to an Orgasm

Want to spice up your literary experience and make reading LITERALLY pleasurable? Here is what you do: 1. Pick up a novel: make sure it’s a novel that means something to you. The theme of the novel doesn’t matter. It could be something as erotic as Fifty shades of Grey, as silly as Bridget Jones Diary, as depressing as […]

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4 Things I Want For African Literature in 2014

A girl always wants things—things that aren’t necessarily limited to shoes and pretty dresses. In 2014, these are the things I want for African literature. 1. I want an African Fifty Shades of Grey: I’m thinking less about subject matter than about astronomical sales figures.  Don’t get me wrong, the idea of an African BDSM erotica […]

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Has J. K. Rowlings Read Fifty Shades of Grey? | VIDEO

In a recent exclusive interview, J. K. Rowling tells UK Guardian’s Decca Aitkenhead that she’s never and will never read Fifty Shades of Grey. Surprised? Click HERE to watch the video and see the blonde billionaire novelist answer questions about everything from disguising herself to go wedding-gown shopping to meeting President Obama and being starstruck. […]

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LIT GLITZ: Who Is The Richest Author Of 2012

Warning: If your favorite author writes those fancy books that win awards and get written about by English professors, chances are that you won’t find their name on this list. Sorry. I guess they haven’t yet figured out how to “monetize their brand” 🙂 Anyway, on to the high rollers: Forbes places James Patterson on […]

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My Review of Fifty Shades for a Nigerian Fashion Blog

Let me bring Mr. Grey a tad closer to home. It’ll help clarify things. Picture your young Lagos entrepreneur  who comes from old family money but has succeeded in building an empire all by himself. He lives in a Lekki mansion but with fleet of cars and a helicopter; he lives and loves Lagos like he […]

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A Super Cheesy History of the Novel

Novels are like people in most aspects except their birthday. The first novel was born multiple times between 1719 and 1750. But like everyone else, the novel had a difficult childhood, followed by an uncertain teenage life. Every step of the way, however, the worse was averted and the novel successfully came of age.  As […]

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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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Nnedi Okorafor, Henrietta Rose-Innes, Wole Talabi, Sibongile Fisher Lead 2018 Nommo Awards Shortlists

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The 2018 shortlists for the four Nommo Awards for Speculative Fiction by Africans have just been announced. Among the shortlisted […]

GoFundMe | Please Donate to Help Get Selves Nonfiction Anthology into Print

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The team behind the remarkable e-anthology, Selves: An Afro Anthology of Creative Nonfiction, led by its curator, Basit Jamiu, have […]

New Collection of Plays Shines Light on African Women Playwrights

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There are many literary projects making a difference in the way we read and talk about African literature. One of […]

Chibundu Onuzo is Coming to America! | See All the Dates

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US-based fans of Chibundu Onuzo are in luck. Her critically acclaimed second novel Welcome to Lagos will officially be released in […]

“I Pushed His Hand Away…Gently”: Chimamanda Adichie on Being Sexually Harassed at 17

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At the Stockholm Forum on Gender Equality, held 15-17 April, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie talked about “a powerful man in the […]

Poet Nacima Qorane Sentenced to Jail in Somaliland for Advocating for a Reunified Somalia

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A court in the self-declared Republic of Somaliland has sentenced poet Nacima Qorane to three years in jail for her […]

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