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Inongo-vi-Makomè’s Reinvents the African Immigrant Narrative

The buzz around Inongo-vi-Makomé’s Natives is gaining steam. The novel has appeared on a few high profile 2016 must-read lists [here]. Our prediction: if you haven’t read Natives by the year’s end, you’ll appear seriously out-of-the-loop on all things African and literary. Natives is about the unlikely encounter between an African man named Bambara Keita and two women […]

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The Dissolution of Love and State | By Zainab Omaki | An African Story

They bump into each other as she leaves the studio. It’s only 10 a.m. but Maya is already drained from the news she was forced to give in a neutral tone and expression. All around her, production people are shouting in jubilation; hands up and faces alive, like caricatures of happiness, not living, breathing human […]

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Sunshine | by Geosi Gyasi | An African Poem

Her smile was all sunshine. Meeting her under the shade(less) sunny sun, the day opened out to us, we were barefooted in the sandy sunny desert. A walk along the desert, flies of sand fly into the air, painted in a vision of phantasmagorical mirage, we’re unlikely reachable. The first thing we pounce Upon, a […]

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For the Love of Anita and Other Youthful Sexcapades | By Gbolahan Badmus | An African Story

You came back from church and told your boys you were in love. They all asked you who she was and you replied: dark chocolate skin and a mad ass. Anita was the choir girl in your church. You hadn’t yet spoken to her, but you were certain you of your love. You could bet […]

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Zahra | by Hadiza Muhammad | An African Story

The two women stood at opposite ends of the kitchen like military men at their duty post. The pot of water gurgling on the water was the only noise Zahra could hear. As Mama walked to the cooker, Ummi walked towards the cabinet to pick up a small pot. When seven year old Zahra raised […]

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He is Ted | by Ezebuike Temple | A Poetic Portrait

He is Ted. He walks barefoot and leaves gaping maws in the sand. His shirt is bent outward to the right, at the waistline. His pants have creases, sharp creases. Enough to cut lead crystals. He sits on the coast of the beach. He pours Magna Mystique into a wineglass; the stem and foot, sunk in […]

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What Grief Feels Like… | by Onomarie Uriri | A Threnody

I’m hurtling down a very deep, very dark abyss; Jagged rocks, thistles and brambles cutting into my skin. Everywhere I bleed Everything hurts The journey down is brutal. It is not kind. It is not pretty. Blood smeared on the rocks, dirt under my broken finger nails. Down, down, down, I’m falling. There is no […]

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Lagos Madness | by Feyisayo Adeyemi

Lagos will not make me go mad. Really, to survive in this city, one has to be crazy. I wasn’t sure if I was going mad on Monday evening. The worst thing was I couldn’t turn to anyone to ask questions. I barely have a phone. Besides, this was a matter you don’t want on speaker […]

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To mark BRITTLE PAPER‘s 7th anniversary in 2017, we organised two conversations on our Facebook page. The second, themed “Un-Silencing […]

#LIPFest18 | Register for Poetry Workshops with Kwame Dawes, Nick Makoha, Lebo Mashile, and Yomi Sode 

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The 2018 Lagos International Poetry Festival (#LIPFest18) is offering workshops by some of the biggest names in contemporary African poetry. Much-honoured […]

The Freedom Artist, Ben Okri’s New Novel Forthcoming in January 2019, Is a Rallying Call in a Post-Truth Society

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Ben Okri has a new novel forthcoming in January 2019. The Nigerian novelist-poet-essayist, who is the only black African to […]

Nuruddin Farah’s 14th Novel, North Of Dawn, Explores the Lives of Somali Immigrants in Norway and Experiences of Religion and Jihadism

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Celebrated Somali writer Nuruddin Farah’s new novel will be out on 4 December 2018. The 384-page North of Dawn, forthcoming […]

Literary Prizes and the Decisions of Writers

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Maryse Conde, the French-Guadeloupean author of I, Tituba: Black Witch of Salem (1986), Segu (1987), A Season in Rihata (1988), […]

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Purple Hibiscus Turns 15: The Best Moments of a Modern Classic

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“It wasn’t the first novel I wrote,” Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie told the audience at the University of Nairobi, during her […]

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