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Africa: SLOWLY and QUIETLY | by Nene Tetteh Adusu | African Poetry

Slowly and quietly, The wheel of patriotism Is rolling out of Africanism. Slowly and quietly, The wheels of corruption, The wheels of selfishness, All, loftily and grandly roll in. Slowly and quietly, The people are indifferent, The leaders are different, Untied are our aspirations- Preach Yes and live No. Slowly and quietly, The angry winds […]

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“The Smell of Human Flesh” — Poems by Nana Brantuo | Brittle Paper Poet

Nana Brantuo describes herself as a Ghanaian/Sierra Leonean American. In the two poems featured here—“Elmina” and “Kwesi”—she expresses so much so beautifully with so little. Her poems are short, packed full of meaning, and pleasant to read, with just the right amount of sadness to leave you hankering for more.    Elmina The smell of […]

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Songs of Sorrow by Kofi Awoonor

Dzogbese Lisa has treated me thus It has led me among the sharps of the forest Returning is not possible And going forward is a great difficulty The affairs of this world are like the chameleon faeces Into which I have stepped When I clean it cannot go. I am on the world’s extreme corner, […]

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#africanvalentine: Love Poem by Kwesi Brew

The Mesh by Kwesi Brew We have come to the cross-roads And I must either leave or come with you. I lingered over the choice But in the darkness of my doubts You lifted the lamp of love And I saw in your face The road that I should take.   There aren’t that many love […]

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The Heart of It: Working Through Xenophobia in South Africa | Ruksana Elk

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READ: 15 Pieces to Guide Your Understanding of Xenophobia in (South) Africa Talking xenophobia with South Africans of all classes […]

The Brittle Paper Interview with the Caine Prize 2019 Winner: Lesley Nneka Arimah

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In July, Lesley Nneka Arimah received the 2019 Caine Prize, the award’s twentieth edition, for her short story “Skinned,” published […]

Hollywood or Nollywood? As Americanah TV Series Goes to HBO, Actress Stella Damasus Suggests Industry Slight & Chika Unigwe Responds

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The Americanah TV series adaptation, starring Lupita Nyong’o and written by Danai Gurira, has been ordered by HBO Max. The […]

15 Pieces to Guide Your Understanding of Xenophobia in (South) Africa

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Once again, this September, xenophobic violence was unleashed on other Africans, mostly Nigerians, in South Africa: businesses were closed, shops […]

Johary Ravaloson’s Return to the Enchanted Island Is the Second Novel from Madagascar to Be Translated into English

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In May 2018, we brought news of the first novel by a writer from Madagascar to be translated into English: […]

Sundays at Saint Steven’s | Davina Philomena Kawuma | Poetry

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when god runs out of money (how, no one says) once a week, these days, we come to where the […]

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