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The Magic of Things Fall Apart

Sometime in April, I received an email from the BBC Culture’s editor to nominate five stories that I believed had “the most impact on shaping ideas and changing minds through history.” The same invitation had been sent to other writers, critics, and academic the world over. 108 people from 35 countries responded, including myself. On […]

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To Betray the Nation, They Betrayed You First | Mukoma Wa Ngugi

  (for Winnie Mandela) Because you were born Winnie Madikizela but died Winnie Mandela and you knew your real DOB was 1912 when the ANC was born Because you knew the steel in your bones did not come from your husband but from struggle, and you kept the struggle alive when the dream was jailed […]

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Mukoma wa Ngugi’s The Rise of the African Novel Tackles the Major Crisis in African Literary Criticism

Kenyan novelist and Professor of English at Cornell University, Mukoma wa Ngugi, has a new book out, which tackles essential questions of African literary traditions and generations. The Rise of the African Novel: Politics of Language, Identity and Ownership—published in the US by University of Michigan Press in March and forthcoming in Southern, Western and Eastern […]

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New Orleans Review’s Latest Issue 43 Is about The African Literary Hustle

The journal of contemporary literature and culture New Orleans Review has put together a new issue themed The African Literary Hustle, and it will be released this month. The publication, the journal’s issue 43, features 34 contributors. They include Writivism founder Bwesigye Bwa Mwesigire; Hellman-Hammett Award winner Unoma Azuah; 2015 Brunel Prize winner Safia Elhillo; […]

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Taking Tally at 46 For Family and Friends | by Mukoma wa Ngugi | A Poem

Kenyan writer Mukoma wa Ngugi was one year older on February 27. The 46 years old author, who recently published a collection of poems, marked his birthday by sharing a poem on Facebook titled “Taking Tally at 46 and Friends.” In the poem, he celebrates his community of friends and family, in addition to his fruitful […]

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No Ordinary Things | Mukoma Wa Ngugi | Poetry

*A Poem for the Black Lives Matter Movement For black men and women, these are no ordinary things: A broken taillight, cigarette, cell phone, a spoon, pocket knife, hoodies in 85 degree heat, skittles, a toy sword, a toy gun in a children’s park, a toy rifle in a store that sells toy rifles, a […]

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Opportunity for African Writers | Entries Open for African Literary Hustle Edited by Mukoma wa Ngugi and Laura Murphy

Kenyan novelist Mukoma wa Ngugi teams up with American literature professor Laura Murphy in a one of a kind literary project. They are co-editing a special issue of the New Orleans Review titled The African Literary Hustle. Their aim is to give African writers a space to share writing considered to be unconventional from the standpoint of […]

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Thank You to the Folks at Writivism!

I’m so incredibly honored to have served as a judge for the 2015 Writivism Short Story Competition. Working with fellow judges—Chika Unigwe, Rachel Zadok, Mukoma wa Ngugi, and Tendai Huchu—was a joy. They were all always so fair, gracious, and perceptive in their appraisal of every story. The review process was straightforward. After a series of […]

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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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Read an Excerpt from Tsitsi Dangarembga’s New Novel, This Mournable Body

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Earlier this month, we brought news of the publication of This Mournable Body, the final novel in Tsitsi Dangarembga’s Tambudzai Trilogy […]

Teju Cole’s Response to His Work Being Loved by Philip Roth and V.S. Naipaul Should Motivate All Writers

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Teju Cole is a Great Essayist. We know. The essayist-novelist-photographer-art critic was recently in Lagos, we reported last month, for […]

Ama Ata Aidoo, Haruna Ayesha Attah Among Guests for 2018 Accra International Book Festival

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The 2018 Accra International Book Festival will be held from 6-9 September, to coincide with the International Literacy Day on September 8. The […]

#SSDA2018 | Review of Michael Yee’s God’s Skin | Moso Victor Sematlane

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We announced that we would begin publishing reviews of the top three stories from the Short Story Day Africa Prize. The stories, […]

Ahmed Ismail Yusuf’s Story Collection, The Lion’s Binding Oath, Shows Somalis Living and Loving in a Time of War

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Earlier this week, we brought news of Reneilwe Malatji’s short story collection Love Interrupted, published by Catalyst Press. But it […]

Why E.C. Osondu Got an Invitation to Meet V.S. Naipaul but Didn’t

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Following V.S. Naipaul’s passing, Nigerian writer and Caine Prize 2009 winner E.C. Osondu has paid him tribute on Facebook. Osondu made […]

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