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Trauma and a Victim Complex in Nigerian Writing | Oris Aigbokhaevbolo

I A little over a year ago, I put words to a thought I had after reading a clutch of essays online. All of these essays were written by Nigerians, all of whom were published by the American literary magazine Catapult. Permit me to quote those words: The other day someone said Oris is “the one […]

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Binyavanga, Briefly | Oris Aigbokhaevbolo

THERE ARE A number of things I have said frequently: —“Discovering Home” is the best-written short story to win the Caine Prize. —Why didn’t Nigerian writers care about prose the way Binyavanga did? —If established Nigerian writers behaved with younger writers the way Binyavanga did, our problems would be significantly reduced. I might have told […]

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Writing with Style | Tobi Alaaka

Oris Aigbokhaevbolo’s two-day workshop, Write with Style, is both an effort to create a learning space for a growing demographic of young Nigerian writers and an inquiry into the main tactics of a writer’s trade. The workshop facilitator, an award-winning journalist and editor, stands distinguished as a critical voice in Nollywood and Afro-pop commentary, and, […]

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Photos from the 2nd Edition of the Write With Style Workshop in Lagos

The second edition of Oris Aigbokhaevbolo’s Write with Style Workshop took place in Ikeja, Lagos on 24 and 25 November 2018. Aigbokhaevbolo, who was named Entertainment Journalist of the Year at the 2015 All Africa Music Awards and enjoys a reputation as one of Nigeria’s top culture critics, maintains that the Workshop is for “anyone using […]

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Attend the Second Edition of the Write with Style Workshop with Oris Aigbokhaevbolo

Following the first edition of the Write With Style Workshop, the award-winning writer, critic, and journalist Oris Aigbokhaevbolo is hosting an expansive second edition on 24 and 25 November 2018. Topics to be covered at the workshop include: – How to write a good sentence – Killing clichés in your writing – Tips and tricks […]

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The 2018 Brittle Paper Award for Creative Nonfiction: Meet the 8 Finalists

The shortlists for the 2018 Brittle Paper Awards were announced in October. Begun in 2017 to mark our seventh anniversary, the Awards aim to recognize the finest, original pieces of writing by Africans published online. The $1,100 prize is split across five categories: the Brittle Paper Award for Fiction ($200), the Brittle Paper Award for Poetry ($200), the Brittle Paper Award for Creative Nonfiction ($200), the Brittle Paper Award […]

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The 2018 Brittle Paper Awards: Announcing the Shortlists

Update: For failure to attribute an original source, the Caine Prize, in September 2019, removed Tochukwu Emmanuel Okafor’s “All Our Lives” from its 2019 shortlist, while Short Story Day Africa released a statement on intertextuality. Because we believe it to have resulted from inexperience rather than intentional withholding, we did not withdraw it from our […]

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At Oris Aigbokhaevbolo’s Write with Style Workshop | Immaculata Abba

If there is one thing you need to know about Oris Aigbokhaevbolo, the Entertainment Journalist of the Year at the 2015 All Africa Music Awards, it is this: he knows what a good sentence is. Maybe he is a little too aware of his abilities, but he knows his stuff. He knows how a good […]

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The Heart of It: Working Through Xenophobia in South Africa | Ruksana Elk

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READ: 15 Pieces to Guide Your Understanding of Xenophobia in (South) Africa Talking xenophobia with South Africans of all classes […]

The Brittle Paper Interview with the Caine Prize 2019 Winner: Lesley Nneka Arimah

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In July, Lesley Nneka Arimah received the 2019 Caine Prize, the award’s twentieth edition, for her short story “Skinned,” published […]

Hollywood or Nollywood? As Americanah TV Series Goes to HBO, Actress Stella Damasus Suggests Industry Slight & Chika Unigwe Responds

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The Americanah TV series adaptation, starring Lupita Nyong’o and written by Danai Gurira, has been ordered by HBO Max. The […]

15 Pieces to Guide Your Understanding of Xenophobia in (South) Africa

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Once again, this September, xenophobic violence was unleashed on other Africans, mostly Nigerians, in South Africa: businesses were closed, shops […]

Johary Ravaloson’s Return to the Enchanted Island Is the Second Novel from Madagascar to Be Translated into English

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In May 2018, we brought news of the first novel by a writer from Madagascar to be translated into English: […]

Sundays at Saint Steven’s | Davina Philomena Kawuma | Poetry

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when god runs out of money (how, no one says) once a week, these days, we come to where the […]

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