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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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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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The Caine Prize Is Alright. Right?


Something is happening at the Caine Prize. Here at Brittle Paper, our role has been to support African literary institutions […]

Chike Frankie Edozien’s “Lives of Great Men” Is a Finalist for the 2018 Publishing Triangle Awards

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Chike Frankie Edozien’s Lives of Great Men is a finalist for the Publishing Triangle Awards, in the Randy Shilts Award […]

Freedom | Sobantu Mzwakali | Fiction


THERE IS NO need to see the sun in these intense blue skies.  It is foreboding, ominous and could be […]

From “Logarhythms” to “The Hate Artist”: Texts, Sub-texts, and the Art of Naming in Niran Okewole’s Poetry | Tosin Gbogi

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Logarhythms is Niran Okewole’s first poetry collection, and it is with this that he established himself as a poet to […]

Lesley Nneka Arimah and Zinzi Clemmons Are Finalists for the $35,000 Aspen Words Literary Prize

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Lesley Nneka Arimah’s short story collection, What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky, and Zinzi Clemmons’ novel, […]

For Women’s History Month, Enkare Review Is Listing African Literary Women Who Have Inspired Them


For March 2018’s Women’s History Month, Enkare Review magazine is listing the 30 African literary women who have inspired them. […]

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