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Embracing the Weird and the Mysterious in African Fiction | SSDA’s Speculative Fiction Anthology is a Winner

The African literary scene is on fire! Just last week, we announced Lauren Beukes’ collaboration with DC Comics—involving an African spin on the Wonder Woman super hero franchise. [click here if you missed it.] So imagine how delighted we are to announce the release of Short Story Day Africa‘s killer collection of speculative fiction by […]

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African Book Feature | The Cure by Bhatupe Mhango | Rewriting the HIV Story

Welcome to yet another post on our “African Book Feature” series where we introduce you to new African writing. The Cure, by Malawian writer, Bhatupe Mhango-Chipanta, is an urban love story interwoven with a culture-clash tale between religious faith and scientific inquiry. The novel is set in Lilongwe and follows the personal and professional life of Matamando. A […]

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Interview with Obinna Udenwe | Author of Nigerian Conspiracy Crime Thriller

  A little while back, we brought you Obinna Udenwe’s debut novel, a conspiracy crime thriller titled Satans and Shaitans. (click here if you missed it.) Are you as intrigued as we are about the idea of a Nigerian conspiracy thriller? Well, we sent Udenwe a few probing questions about the novel and his writing process. Here are his rather […]

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A Brilliant Burst of Fire | Review of Chigozie Obioma’s The Fishermen| by Onyeka Nwelue 

Pub. Date: April 15, 2015. Publisher: Little, Brown and Company. 304 pp. Preorder HERE. When asked at what point in his life he knew he’d become a storyteller, Chigozie Obioma tells the story about his father giving him a copy of Amos Tutuola’s The Palm-Wine Drinkard.  This eclectic introduction to storytelling may have prepared Obioma to […]

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Book Feature | Satans and Shaitans By Obinna Udenwe | An African Conspiracy Thriller

Obinna Udenwe has a special place in our hearts. The Nigerian writer and activist is a long time contributor to Brittle Paper, with hit stories including “Home Coming,” “Holy Milk,” and “Hiding in the Cupboard.” So it’s with great pleasure that we introduce to you his latest achievement as a rising literary star. A few […]

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Imbolo Mbue, Cameroon’s Million-Dollar Novelist, Publishes First Story

Two months ago, I broke the news to you that a Cameroonian author sold her debut novel, titled The Longings of Jende Jonga, to Random House for a million dollars.  Amidst the excitement that Mbue’s million-dollar advance caused in the African literary community, there was much wonder about who this breakout novelist was. It turns out that […]

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Space-traveling Nigerians | Interview with Deji Olukotun

 Deji Olukotun’s novel, Nigerians in Space, is one of the most entertaining novel about Africa to come out this year. It’s a quirky, multi-city, fast-paced noir fiction piece about a Nigerian lunar geologist who dreams of leading a Nigerian space mission. But as with all things Nigerian, things get a little more complicated than he […]

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The Puzzling Business of Self-Invention — Review of Chela’s Caine Prize Story by Ainehi Edoro

Here is the last of the Caine Prize story reviews. It’s been pretty amazing featuring reviews—of the shortlisted story—written by bloggers and writers of note in the African literary community:  Orem Ochiel’s review of Oduor’s “My Father’s Head” , Richard Ali’s review of Diane Awerbuck’s “Phosphorescence” , Aaron Bady’s review of Billy Kahora’s story , Kola Tubosun’s review of Tendai Huchu’s “Intervention”  […]

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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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