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Akwaeke Emezi Photographed by Annie Leibovitz for Vogue Magazine

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Akwaeke Emezi’s 2018 is off to a glamorous start. Yesterday she and her sister Yagazi Emezi were profiled in vogue.com. Vogue Magazine listed the sisters in an article celebrating families doing visionary work in various industries. The Emezi sisters are featured alongside Hollywood star Olivia Wilde and her sister Barbara Burchfield, in addition to Ilhan […]

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Meet Chimamanda Adichie’s Instagram Squad

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Y Every woman needs a squad or what the feminist writer Bell Hooks calls “real sisterhood”—a band of women who support and share a collective vision. Chimamanda Adichie, herself a feminist, has a three-woman squad behind her successful Instagram account @chimamanda_adichie. She recently shared a picture of these smart, social media savvy women, describing them […]

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The 2017 Brittle Paper Literary Person of the Year

The Brittle Paper Person of the Year award is in its third year. The award has become an important way of celebrating excellence and identifying those qualities we value in the leaders of our intellectual communities. By highlighting the efforts of those committed to building our communities, we hope to inspire others and ourselves to […]

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Dear Mr. Brittle | Has Queer Literature Become a “Trend” in Africa?

“Dear Mr. Brittle” is a new Brittle Paper series in which our deputy editor Otosirieze Obi-Young tackles questions gathering on social media. Different writers will occasionally be invited to answer questions in the series. New questions or response essays can be sent to brittlesubmissions@gmail.com with the header “Dear Mr. Brittle.” * DEAR MR. BRITTLE, Many […]

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Lola Shoneyin Is a Cover Star on Guardian Life Magazine

It’s almost two years since Uzodinma Iweala, author of Beasts of No Nation, graced the cover of Guardian Life Magazine, the weekend edition of The Guardian, Nigeria. [read here if you missed it.] The most recent literary figure to be a cover star is Lola Shoneyin, Nigerian novelist, literary entrepreneur, and festival organizer. The issue […]

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Luvvie Ajayi Spectacularly Demystifies the Fear of Telling Truth to Power

  If don’t know Luvvie Ajayi, it’s a sign that you are reading way too many African fiction and not enough social commentary. Luvvie is a Nigerian writer and blogger. She is known for using social media as a platform for speaking out against various forms of injustices. She writes funny and hard-hitting social commentary on race, […]

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Camerounian Author Patrice Nganang Arrested for Criticizing the President

Patrice Nganyang, a Camerounian author and professor of literature at New York University, has been arrested for criticizing the country’s president, Paul Biya. The Daily Mail reports that he was “arrested at the airport as he tried to fly to Zimbabwe a day after publishing an opinion piece sharply critical of Cameroon’s president.” Nganang was […]

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Photos | Ake Festival: Day 1 | Nnedi Okorafor’s Fiction Workshop

The 2017 Ake Arts and Book Festival took place from 14-18 November 2017, at Kuto Cultural Centre, Abeokuta. It featured a workshop, concerts, visits to secondary schools, a festival of short films, and of course, panels of writers, filmmakers and other thinkers discussing everything around the festival’s theme, “This F-Word”: feminism, men who write women […]

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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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How Egyptian Music Icon Abdel Halim Hafez Became a Centrepiece in Safia Elhillo’s “The January Children”

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Sudanese poet Safia Elhillo has received the 2015 Brunel International African Poetry Prize, with her poem “application for assylum” shortlisted […]

Heaven Is a Place South of Here | Kanyinsola Olorunninsola | Memoir

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And because no man is permitted entry into heaven without a sacrifice of his own. . . the story of […]

Lupita Nyong’o Announces New Children’s Book, “Sulwe”

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Oscar-winning Kenyan actress Lupita Nyong’o has announced a new children’s book titled Sulwe. The book, reports The New York Times, […]

14: An Anthology of Queer Art | Vol. 2: The Inward Gaze

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A few days ago, we announced the gorgeous cover for the LGBTQI art collective 14’s second volume, which featured snippets […]

The “Black Panther” Comic: Nnedi Okorafor Says Wakanda Is “Close to” Kenyan County

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The forthcoming Black Panther movie, starring Lupita Nyong’o, Chadwick Boseman and Michael B. Jordan, has generated a world of hype. To sustain […]

Opportunity for African Writers | Submit to AFREADA’s Valentine’s Day Contest and Anthology

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AFREADA magazine is putting together a Valentine/love-themed anthology. Founded by its editor Nancy Adimora, who contributed to our Christmas books-to-read […]

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