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Un-Silencing Queer Nigeria: The Language of Emotional Truth | Five Writers in Conversation

To mark BRITTLE PAPER‘s 7th anniversary in 2017, we organised two conversations on our Facebook page. The second, themed “Un-Silencing Queer Nigeria: The Language of Emotional Truth,” took place on 5 August 2017 and was an insightful, urgent conversation about queerness and its exploration in Nigerian literature. Our guests were: Romeo Oriogun, winner of the 2017 […]

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

Ben Okri has a new novel forthcoming in January 2019. The Nigerian novelist-poet-essayist, who is the only black African to receive the Booker Prize, in 1991 for his The Famished Road, had the 256-page book rights acquired by Head of Zeus for release in the UK in February 2019, by HarperCollins for release in Australia […]

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

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

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!

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

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

  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

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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July 10 | Sarah Ladipo Manyika Hosts Strive Masiyiwa on Conversations Across the Diaspora

July 10 _ Sarah Ladipo Manyika Hosts Strive Masiyiwas on Conversations Across the Diaspora

Sarah Ladipo Manyika, author of In Dependence (2008) and Like A Mule Bringing Ice Cream To The Sun (2016), has teamed up […]

Bernardine Evaristo Becomes First Black Writer to Win Author of the Year

Bernardine Evaristo Becomes First Black Writer to Win Author of the Year in the British Book Awards

  Bernardine Evaristo’s winning streak continues as she dominates two categories of the 2020 British Book Awards: Best Fiction Book […]

Apply for the 2020 Morland Writing Scholarship | £27,000 for Nonfiction, £18,000 Fiction

Apply for the 2020 Miles Morland Writing Scholarship

The Miles Morland Foundation is currently accepting applications for the 2020 Morland African Writing Scholarships. The awards offer a fiction […]

The Million Naira Nigeria Prize for Difference and Diversity | Here is How to Nominate Someone

The Million Naira Nigeria Prize for Difference and Diversity _ Here is How to Nominate Someone

Nominations for The Nigeria Prize for Difference & Diversity is officially open. The new prize, co-presented by digital media platform […]

This is Why I am Endowing a N1 Million Prize for Difference and Diversity in Nigeria | Chude Jideonwo

This is Why I am Endowing a N1 Million Prize for Difference and Diversity in Nigeria _ Chude Jideonwo (2)

Last year, I wrote a piece on CNN during Pride Month​—​a month set aside to celebrate sexual and gender diversity […]

Derek Owusu Awarded 2020 Desmond Elliot Prize

Derek Owusu Awarded 2020 Desmond Elliot Prize (1)

British author of Ghanaian heritage Derek Owusu has been awarded the 2020 Desmond Elliot Prize for his debut novel That […]

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