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A Friend, a Mentor, a Confidante | Read Professor Ato Quayson’s Tribute to the Late Literary Scholar Abiola Irele

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Nigerian literary scholar Abiola Irele passed away last month. He was 81 years old when he died and had led a life dedicated to the study of African literature. The flood of condolence messages and tributes on social media is a testament to the man’s greatness as scholar, a colleague and a mentor. Wole Soyinka, […]

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Buchi Emecheta, Nigerian Novelist and Playwright, Passes on at 72

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The Nigerian novelist and playwright Buchi Emecheta has passed on at the age of 72. Born in 1944, the much beloved icon was one of the most influential black writers of the latter half of the twenty-first century. Often described as “the first successful black woman novelist living in Britain after 1948,” she made her […]

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Isidore Okpewho, Nigeria’s Literary and Academic Star, Passes on

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Isidore Okpewho, the Nigerian fiction writer and literary scholar, died on Sunday, the 4th of September in a Binghamton hospital in Upstate New York. He was surrounded by his family and loved ones. He was 74. Many readers know him as the author of The Victims-–a dark and twisted family thriller that explores the dynamics of polygamy. […]

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BAD ARITHMETIC: 153 Dead, Half-Mast, 3 days Mourning

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President Jonathan who has cancelled all his public engagements scheduled for tomorrow, has also directed that the Nigerian flag be flown at half-mast for the three days of national mourning. — State House Press Release, June 3, 2012 Official state mourning is a common practice. It’s mostly done when a Head of State or a dignitary […]

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R. I. P Carlos!

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Mexican novelist, Carlos Fuentes, died yesterday. He was 83. It’s sad when you hear about a novelist for the first time on the occasion of their death. I took a quick survey of his novels, and I’m adding his novel, Diana, The Goddess Who Hunts Alone, to a summer reading list that I’ve kicked off with the […]

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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 Fall of the Gods | Chapter 6: Ise | by Anthony Azekwoh | #TFOG

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Ebe onye dara ka chi ya kwaturu ya. Where one falls is where his god pushed him down. *** Emeka […]

Our Favorite Sci-Fi Filmmaker Wanuri Kahiu Publishes a Children’s Book

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For those of you who are desperately and constantly in search of African children’s books, Wanuri Kahiu’s recent collaboration with […]

Akwaeke Emezi and Uzodinma Had a Moment

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Akwaeke Emezi is, in more ways than one, the writer we all want to be. Her debut novel is still […]

An Ode to Depression | Victor Enite Abu

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Some mornings, getting out of bed feels like carrying ten bags of cement. Other mornings, you float through space, watching […]

The Brittle Paper Award for Essays/Think Pieces: 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 […]

Burundi’s Pacifique Irankunda Awarded a $40,000 Whiting Creative Nonfiction Grant | Read an Excerpt from the Manuscript

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Burundian writer Pacifique Irankunda has been awarded a $40,000 Whiting Creative Nonfiction Grant. The grant is for the completion of […]

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