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Nnedi Okorafor, Igoni Barrett, Tendai Huchu, Lesley Nneka, Ntone Edjabe Lead Inaugural Nommo Awards Shortlist of 19

The shortlist for the inaugural Nommo Awards for Speculative Fiction by Africans has been released, and among the familiar names on the 19-strong list are: Hugo and World Fantasy Awards winner and 2015 Brittle Paper Literary Person of the Year Nnedi Okorafor, Cameroun’s Ntone Edjabe who is the founding editor of Chimurenga, Nigeria’s Africa 39 […]

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The Six African Authors on the 2017 PEN America Awards Longlist

PEN America has announced the longlist for its 2017 prizes, and there is a plethora of African authors named: from Teju Cole to Yaa Gyasi to Imbolo Mbue to Igoni A. Barrett to Petina Gappah to Helen Oyeyemi. Yaa Gyasi’s Homegoing is longlisted for the $25,000 PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction, awarded “to […]

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4 Times an African Writer Rewrote a Western Classic and Nailed It

  Here are four instances when an African writer reproduced or drew inspiration from a western classic and ended up giving the original a much needed makeover. *** Our Sister Killjoy  (1977, Ghana) Heart of Darkness tells the story of a British sailor who travels the river Congo in search of a lost explorer. The […]

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From Farmer to Writer | Igoni Barrett Details the Not-so Glamorous Journey to Becoming an Author

Igoni Barrett took us by surprise when he came out with his Nigerian rewrite of Kafka’s Metamorphosis. The celebrated novel by the Czech writer has captivated readers for decades and tells the story of a man who wakes up one morning and finds that he has been mysteriously transformed into an insect. In a novel titled […]

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On Achebe’s Curse, Igoni Barrett and Nigerian Non-fiction | by Oris Aigbokhaevbolo | An Essay

 Igoni I It’s the Port Harcourt Book Festival. I’m speaking to Igoni Barrett, telling him to consider writing non-fiction, to take up the essay form between stories. We are on the grounds of the Hotel Presidential and the basis for our conversation is some brew and the excerpt of his novel published in the Africa […]

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Are You A Nigerian Writer? Why Join The Association of Nigerian Authors?— Brittle Paper Q&A with Richard Ali

The Association of Nigerian Authors is the premier organization for writers in Nigeria. I’d always wondered about its function in the literary community, so I sent Richard Ali a few questions. Ali is the author of City of Memories and one of  ANA’s publicity secretaries. He clarifies a lot of things regarding the place of […]

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A Smelly Mouth, A bus, and A Lagos Love Story—Notes On A Short Story by Igoni Barrett

“My Smelling Mouth Problem” by Igoni Barrett is a strange story and is written in a peculiarly Nigerian English that sounds more lyrical when it is read than when heard. “My Smelling Mouth Problem” is a love story between man and a city. The 22-year old LASPOTECH student from Port Harcourt clearly has a fondness for […]

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VIDEO: Igoni Barrett — “You’ll Never Write Anything of the Least Importance to Anybody”

Nigeria’s Igoni Barrett, author of Love is Power, or Something Like That, reads a sad little story titled “You” at the Pen America African Writer’s Workshop.

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  Whenever I see a semicolon while reading a book, I remember Hadiza. I remember her eyes and her mind, […]

Three Studies | Yannick Marshall | Poetry

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  Study 1: Cheek Dune. Collapse of silt into moonlessness. Caravan of silt and silt-covered men you turn your face. […]

Remembering K Sello Duiker, Great Writer of South Africa’s Post-Apartheid Generation, Who Would Have Been 45 This Month

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Kabello “Sello” Duiker, novelist, screenwriter, and one of South Africa’s most exciting creative voices, had a brief but widely impactful […]

Brunel Prize 2019 Poems Review | Part 2: Omotara James & K. Eltinaé

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In 2018, Brittle Paper introduced a Brunel Prize Poems Review series, starting with poems on that year’s shortlist. The series […]

Mubanga Kalimamukwento’s Dinaane Debut Fiction Award-winning Novel, The Mourning Bird, Is an Empowering Portrait of Modern Zambia | Read an Excerpt

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The Zambian writer Mubanga Kalimamukwento’s novel The Mourning Bird recently received the 2019 Dinaane Debut Fiction Award. In addition to […]

Who Killed Kabila II | Chimurenga’s April 2019 The Chronic Issue Uses Creative Imagination & Congolese Music to Subversively Tell a Single Story of Power & Geopolitics

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Chimurenga has released its April 2019 issue of The Chronic. Themed “Who Killed Kabila II,” the issue is built around […]

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