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Brittle Paper Anniversary Event: “Un-Silencing Queer Nigeria” | A Conversation on Facebook

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On August 1, 2017, Brittle Paper will be seven years old. To mark our anniversary, we are organising a series of events, among which are Facebook conversations with writers, editors and founders of literary initiatives. This is the second of our anniversary conversations. * For decades, queer Nigerians—lesbians, gays, bisexual, transgender, transsexual—have been nearly absent […]

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Chika Unigwe Heads to Brown University as Bonderman Professor of Creative Writing

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Nigerian novelist Chika Unigwe posted very exciting news on Twitter a few days ago. She announced that she had been awarded a teaching position at Brown University. I’ve just been offered a one year Bonderman Professorship position at Brown University. I begin next semester. #ThankGod #honored #thrilled — chika unigwe (@chikaunigwe) May 1, 2016 The Bonderman […]

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From Fiction Writer to Nigeria’s Social Media Czar | Congrats to Tolu Ogunlesi!

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The Nigerian president recently appointed Tolu Ogunlesi as his special assistant on digital/new media. In the midst of the excitement around Ogunlesi’s appointment, everyone seems to have forgotten that Ogunlesi is a fiction writer and a poet. He has come to be known for his journalism, but Ogunlesi published a collection of poetry titled Listen to the Geckos […]

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Flora Nwapa and the Letter That Changed Nigerian Literature Forever

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In the early 1960s, Flora Nwapa sent Chinua Achebe a mail containing a manuscript. She probably didn’t imagine that much would come out of it. Unlike most writers of her time, becoming a writer did not start out as a life’s goal. “There was nothing in me when I was in school that made me feel […]

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The Bridge | by Aideyan Daniel | A Lagos Story

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  5:05 Hrs Osagie pinned the top-most button of his jacket, whistling to himself in his one-bedroom apartment in Ogba, Lagos, Nigeria. Moving to the apartment was a major upgrade to the one room he had—up until a month ago—at a face-me-I-face–you in Mushin. He picked up his helmet from the table. An essential part of his […]

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Teju Cole Theorizes Instagram, Says It’s Both Ridiculous and Fun

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Instagram-hating is currently at fever pitch. From Grace Covington of American Vogue calling it “pathetic” to Kate Winslet revealing that it is banned in her household, there is a growing sense that Instagram is something bad. It enables self-deception. It allows us to live fake lives.  From “creative crops” to fancy filters, Instagram gives us […]

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Lunch | by Osemegbe Aito | An African Story

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I stick my fork into my husband’s body and bring the meat into my mouth. I chew. The women boo on and continue to smack my clean-shaven head. I still hear Nkechi’s voice. She strongly believes I killed my husband. She had joined them to cook his heart and liver. Now, I’ve been forced to […]

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Interview | Emmanuel Iduma on Saraba’s Newly Launched Manuscript Award

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In August, we brought you news about the Saraba Manuscript Award—an exciting publishing opportunity open to Nigerian writers.  [click here if you missed it] In order to “promote writers at the earliest stages of their career,” Saraba Magazine is offering 500 dollars, plus a publishing deal for fiction and non-fiction works. Application is currently open until […]

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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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Brittle Paper Poet, Ademola Enoch, Wins Goal.com’s Essay Contest

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Early September, we announced the football essay contest organised by Goal.com Nigeria. We are elated to announce now that the […]

The Brittle Paper Award for Creative Nonfiction/Memoir: Meet the Nominees

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To mark our seventh anniversary on August 1, 2017, we announced the inaugural Brittle Paper Literary Awards, to recognize the finest, original pieces of […]

PHOTOS | Book Launch of Dr. Kehinde A. Ayoola’s Awaken! A Compilation of Scriptures

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On Sunday, September 17th, US-based Nigerian author Dr. Kehinde Ayoola celebrated the publication of her new book with friends, family, […]

Chike Frankie Edozien’s Lives of Great Men | Inside Nigeria’s First Memoir About LGBTQ Life

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Chike Frankie Edozien, professor of journalism at New York University, has a remarkable book forthcoming. The memoir, titled Lives of […]

Africa39 Author and Caine Prize Winner Mary Watson’s New Novel Arrives in 2018

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Mary Watson, Africa39 author and winner of the 2008 Caine Prize, will have her third book released in February 2018. […]

Chimamanda Adichie Covers The New York Times Style Magazine’s “The Greats” Issue, Alongside Nicki Minaj and Amy Adams

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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is one of the seven artists on seven covers of The New York Times Style Magazine T’s “The […]

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