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Trifonia Obono’s “La Bastarda”: First English-Language Novel by an Equatoguinean Woman

Each year, a step is taken that opens up the African literary scene the more. In 2017, Abdulai Sila’s The Ultimate Tragedy became the first novel from Guinea-Bissau to be translated into English. This year, we welcome the first English-language novel by a woman out of Equatorial Guinea: Trifonia Melibea Obono’s La Bastarda. In an email to […]

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12 Women, 16 Novels: An African History of the Women’s Prize for Fiction

In 1991, the six-name Man Booker Prize shortlist contained only men. Thoroughly dissatisfied, a group of female and male authors, publishers, agents, booksellers, librarians and journalists decided to create a new prize. In 1996, the Women’s Prize for Fiction was founded, to recognize the best original full-length novel in English by a woman, published in the […]

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2018 LAMBDA Awards | Frankie Edozien, “Queer Africa 2” Anthology, Nnanna Ikpo Shortlisted

Three African books have been shortlisted for the 2018 LAMBDA Literary Awards for queer writers: the memoir Lives of Great Men: Living and Loving as an African Gay Man, by Chike Frankie Edozien, for Best Gay Memoir/Biography; the anthology Queer Africa 2: New Stories, edited by Makhosazana Xaba and Karen Martin, for Best LGBTQ Anthology; and […]

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OkayAfrica’s 100 Women 2018 List | Nnedi Okorafor, Taiye Selasi, Ainehi Edoro, Leila Aboulela

Prominent digital platform for African culture, OkayAfrica, has released its annual “100 Women” list celebrating “extraordinary women from Africa and the diaspora making waves across a wide array of industries, while driving positive impact in their communities and the world at large.” The OkayAfrica 100 Women 2018 List is spread across ten categories: STEM; literature; TV and film; sports and wellness; style […]

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The Brittle Paper Digest: 79 Notable Pieces of 2017

It isn’t that time of the year when we look back on what happened in it—that time is December, and this is February. But a delay in releasing this list seemed inevitable for a year that, on several levels, saw our literary culture expand. Organisations took groundbreaking steps: in March, Jalada Africa held a 12-city, […]

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“Selves: An Afro Anthology of Creative Nonfiction” | New Project Collects Powerful Nonfiction from Across Africa

Two weeks ago, we announced the coming of Selves: An Afro Anthology of Creative Nonfiction, a new project collecting powerful personal stories from across the continent. We published the introduction to the anthology by our deputy editor Otosirieze Obi-Young, an essay titled “The Confessional Generation.” One of the pieces in the anthology, “The Miseducation of Gratitude” by […]

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“New-Generation African Poets: A Chapbook Box Set (Tano)”: See the 11 Covers

Africa Poetry Book Fund (APBF)—which administers the Brunel International African Poetry Prize, the Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets, and the Glenna Luschei Prize—is set to publish its annual New-Generation African Poets: A Chapbook Box Set, containing work by new voices from the continent. Begun in 2014, the limited-edition series, which is published by Akashic Books, “seeks […]

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

A few days ago, we announced the gorgeous cover for the LGBTQI art collective 14’s second volume, which featured snippets from Taiye Selasi and 2016 Brunel Prize winner Gbenga Adesina. The anthology is now here, as a downloadable e-book. A group whose editors use pseudonyms, 14 took its name from the 14-year jail term prescribed […]

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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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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 […]

Brittle Paper Deputy Editor Otosirieze Obi-Young Signs with Booker Prize-Famed Literary Agency

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Brittle Paper’s Deputy Editor Otosirieze Obi-young has joined the client list of David Godwin Associates (DGA), the same agency representing […]

Agwaetiti Obiụtọ | Watch the Trailer of Onyeka Nwelue’s Riveting New Film

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Nigerian writer Onyeka Nwelue has a new film out. Agwaetiti Obiụtọ, an Igbo language feature, is a satire focused on the lives […]

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