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Ah! The White Race Has Lost a Good Writer | 32 Years Later, Wole Soyinka Finally Reacts to V.S. Naipaul

Following V.S. Naipaul’s passing two weeks ago, we ran a collection of the things that some of Africa’s leading thinkers—Chinua Achebe, Wole Soyinka, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Aminatta Forna, Binyavanga Wainaina, Teju Cole, and Namwali Serpell—said about the man. In 1986, after Wole Soyinka was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, VS Naipaul remarked: “Has he […]

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Why It’s Okay to Be Sad That Ngugi Didn’t Win the 2017 Nobel Prize

Kazuo Ishiguro wins the 2017 Nobel Prize for Literature. I have since read all the think-pieces and seen all the videos. He is such an adorable man. All the stuff he said about thinking it was a hoax until his publisher called him and the BBC called him. How charming. I like Ighiguro a whole […]

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How Reading Kazuo Ishiguro Can Make You a Better Writer | by Deji Olukotun

Author Kazuo Ishiguro’s novels have explored everything from post-war Japan (An Artist of the Floating World), to landed gentry (Remains of the Day), to a dystopian near-future (Never Let Me Go). The sheer beauty of these works has led to their adaptation to film, and inspired entire franchises such as Downton Abbey. Ishiguro is that rare […]

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Ngugi wa Thiongo Says Nobel Prize “Would Be Validating But Not Essential”

Each year, Ngugi wa Thiongo’s readers and fans await the announcement of the Nobel Prize for Literature with bated breath— hoping that their beloved literary icon would snag the coveted award. Even though each passing year indicates that the Nobel Prize committee is moving further and further away from big-name literary figures, his fans remain […]

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Imperialism-in-Artistry: Bob Dylan’s Nobel Win Is Proof Adichie Is Right about Beyonce | by Otosirieze Obi-Young

IN A RECENT INTERVIEW with the Dutch newspaper de Volkskrant, ahead of the Dutch translation of her We Should All Be Feminists chapbook, Chimamanda Adichie disclosed, in news that is now viral, that she would never perform expectations of gratefulness to Beyonce for sampling her work. Roughly a week after this news surfaced, on 13 October, […]

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Netflix Acquires Mama K’s Team 4, A Futuristic Animation Series Set in Zambia

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Netflix has acquired rights to stream Mama K’s Team 4. An animation series set in a futuristic Lusaka, the story chronicles […]

Semicolon | Azeeza Adeowu | Fiction

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  Whenever I see a semicolon while reading a book, I remember Hadiza. I remember her eyes and her mind, […]

Three Studies | Yannick Marshall | Poetry

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  Study 1: Cheek Dune. Collapse of silt into moonlessness. Caravan of silt and silt-covered men you turn your face. […]

Remembering K Sello Duiker, Great Writer of South Africa’s Post-Apartheid Generation, Who Would Have Been 45 This Month

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Kabello “Sello” Duiker, novelist, screenwriter, and one of South Africa’s most exciting creative voices, had a brief but widely impactful […]

Brunel Prize 2019 Poems Review | Part 2: Omotara James & K. Eltinaé

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In 2018, Brittle Paper introduced a Brunel Prize Poems Review series, starting with poems on that year’s shortlist. The series […]

Mubanga Kalimamukwento’s Dinaane Debut Fiction Award-winning Novel, The Mourning Bird, Is an Empowering Portrait of Modern Zambia | Read an Excerpt

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The Zambian writer Mubanga Kalimamukwento’s novel The Mourning Bird recently received the 2019 Dinaane Debut Fiction Award. In addition to […]

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