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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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Nnedi Okorafor, Henrietta Rose-Innes, Wole Talabi, Sibongile Fisher Lead 2018 Nommo Awards Shortlists

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The 2018 shortlists for the four Nommo Awards for Speculative Fiction by Africans have just been announced. Among the shortlisted […]

GoFundMe | Please Donate to Help Get Selves Nonfiction Anthology into Print

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The team behind the remarkable e-anthology, Selves: An Afro Anthology of Creative Nonfiction, led by its curator, Basit Jamiu, have […]

New Collection of Plays Shines Light on African Women Playwrights

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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 […]

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