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My African Literati Love Story | by Torinmo Salau

Our love story began years back, over two decades ago. Every weekend I ransacked my mother’s makeshift library which was a stack of books piled up in termite bitten and dust laden cartons on her wardrobe. Despite stern warnings to stir clear of the books, reminding me all the time that some of those books […]

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“A Small Undisclosed Gesture” | Corkscrew | By Dami Ajayi | Flash Fiction

  There is a bottle of red wine, two wine flutes and no corkscrew in sight on the table between us. I watch your countenance change from grim concentration to befuddled puzzlement. This is not a trick; there are no aces up my sleeves, there is just the bottle of red wine needed to snuff […]

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Music Only We Hear by Kiah | A Brittle Paper Love Story

Hauwa and Buba’s love is as beautiful as it is forbidden. From the savage winters of New York to the sweltering heat of Kaduna, their passionate regard for each other stood the test of time. But they must come to terms with the truth: their love is doomed. The tiny sliver of hope that their […]

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Exclusive Brittle Paper Interview | Chibundu Onuzo Speaks About Her New Novel, Nollywood, And Lagos As A City of Romance

Interesting stuff keeps coming out of the Nigerian literary scene, the most recent of which is the publication of Chibundu Onuzu’s Spider King’s Daughter by prestigious British publishing house, Faber and Faber.  Spider King’s Daughter is a dark love story set in Nigeria’s megalopolis, Lagos. From the moment I started reading the novel, I knew […]

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Nekpen and Daniel | STORIES

Nene was hurrying home to catch a favorite TV show. The good thing about becoming a fulltime staff nurse was that she could afford DSTV. On days like this when she was not on night duty, she looked forward to getting back home from the hospital to some warmed up jollof rice and soft drink […]

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The Sad Love Story of Heloise and Abelard

Even during the celebration of the Mass, when our prayers should be purer, lewd visions of those pleasures take such a hold upon my unhappy soul that my thoughts are on their wantonness instead of on prayers. I should be groaning over the sins I have committed, but I can only sigh for what I […]

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PHILOFRIDAY: Love and Agamben

Agamben might sound like the name of an African soup, but it is no soup. It’s the name of an Italian philosopher. Full Name: Giorgio Agamben. He lives and teaches in Europe and spends most of his time obsessing about what it means for certain people in society to live life as outcasts marked for […]

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Slavoj Zizek: “I Cannot Have One-Night Stands”

Three-times divorced. Hates students. Has published about 75 books on politics and philosophy. Has these tics that makes him remind me of Magwitch in Great Expectations. Has these set of jokes and illustrations he recycles ANYTIME he speaks publicly–TV, Podcast, University lectures, etc. He stores his clothes–mostly t-shirts–in his kitchen cabinets. They call him the Borat […]

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Kwame Dawes’s “Yard Boy”: A Powerful Poem for Our Moment

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Kwame Dawes recently wrote a poem titled “Yard Boy” that speaks to the recent events surrounding the death of George […]

Teju Cole’s Spotify Playlists Offer Musical Solace for These Times

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Among Teju Cole’s many talents is his ability to curate music that captures a mood or even the feel of […]

Petina Gappah to Write Play About the Censorship History of Dambudzo Marechera’s Novel Black Sunlight

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Petina Gappah recently announced that she was writing a play that focuses on “the 1982 banning and unbanning” of Dambudzo […]

Oh, Blessed Bri’Land | Jedah Mayberry | Fiction

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Bri’Land glistened at me, her brilliant display of pink sand shimmering in delight.  It would seem that I had finally, […]

Books That Go with Wine and Books That Don’t

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The beverages most associated with reading are tea and coffee. But many readers love to cozy up in bed with […]

In This House | Inok Rosemary | Poetry

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  In this house, we sift our words, Never letting the walls hear what they shouldn’t. The fear of their […]

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