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Otosirieze Obi-Young, Akwaeke Emezi, Oyinkan Braithwaite Nominated for Inaugural The Future Awards Africa Prize for Literature

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Brittle Paper deputy editor Otosirieze Obi-Young has been nominated alongside four other young Nigerian writers for Africa’s biggest youth awards, The Future Awards Africa 2019, in the category of Literature. The other nominees are the writer and video artist Akwaeke Emezi, the novelist and writer Oyinkan Braithwaite, the poet, playwright, and performer Lanaire Aderemi, and […]

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#LIPFest2019 | A Life in Words: Bernardine Evaristo in Conversation with Otosirieze Obi-Young 

From 30 October to 3 November 2019, over 50 writers from 10 countries will be participating in the fifth Lagos International Poetry Festival, #LIPFest2019. Among the events to be held is a conversation between the 2019 Booker Prize winner Bernadine Evaristo and Brittle Paper‘s deputy editor Otosirieze Obi-Young. The conversation will take place on Saturday, […]

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The 20 Writers Shortlisted for the 2019 Miles Morland Writing Scholarships

PRESS RELEASE: Morland Writing Scholarships: 2019 Shortlist The Miles Morland Foundation is pleased to announce the shortlist for the 2019 Morland Writing Scholarships. We received nearly 700 entries this year, over 150 more than last year, with the standard going up alongside the numbers. It’s always a difficult task choosing the shortlist, but this year […]

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Otosirieze Obi-Young Talks Brittle Paper’s Support for Queer Writers in Literary Hub Profile

Brittle Paper‘s deputy editor Otosirieze Obi-Young was recently profiled on Literary Hub. The October 3 feature is titled “On a Progressive Platform for New African Literature” and is one of those long-overdue recognitions that are heartwarming. It was a timely for our #QueerYourAfricanRead project and was published just after our panel at the 2019 Lambda […]

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The 2019 Miles Morland Writing Scholarships Now Open for Applications | See Previous Winners’ Proposals

The Miles Morland Writing Scholarships, the most prestigious literary grant initiative in the continent, are open for submissions for 2019. Created by the Miles Morland Foundation (MMF), one is a fiction award of £18,000 to two, three or four writers over the course of twelve months, and the other a nonfiction award of £22,000-27,000 to […]

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Foreword to The Heart of the Matter: The Gerald Kraak Prize Anthology Vol. III | Otosirieze Obi-Young

The third Gerald Kraak Prize, for 2019, was awarded to the Nigerian writer OluTimehin Adegbeye in May. The Heart of the Matter, the anthology compiling the shortlisted entries for the 2019 prize, was published by Jacana Media. Here is its Foreword, by Otosirieze Obi-Young, republished with permission from Jacana Literary Foundation and The Other Foundation.  […]

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The 2019 Gerald Kraak Prize Goes to Nigeria’s OluTimehin Adegbeye

The 2019 Gerald Kraak Prize has been awarded to Nigeria’s OluTimehin Adegbeye, for her nonfiction piece, “Mothers and Men,” described by the judges as “a sensitive memoir casting new light on questions of rape, secondary victimisation and motherhood.” The announcement was made tonight at the Gerald Kraak Prize ceremony in Johannesburg, where the prize anthology […]

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The Miles Morland Foundation Announces Judges for 2019 Scholarships: Muthoni Garland, Bibi Bakare-Yusuf & Otosirieze Obi-Young

The Miles Morland Foundation (MMF) has announced changes for its prestigious Writing Scholarships. Ellah Wakatama Allfrey, founder of The Indigo Press and new chair of the Caine Prize, and Olufemi Terry, winner of the 2010 Caine Prize, have left the judging panel, and have been replaced by Bibi Bakare-Yusuf, founder of Cassava Republic Press, and […]

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Chika Unigwe Speaks About Igbo Identity at Centre for Memories Monthly Distinguished Speaker Series

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Nigerian author and professor Chika Unigwe recently spoke at the Centre for Memories, Enugu Sports Club, Enugu State, Nigeria, as […]

Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi’s Second Novel Acquired by Booker Prize-Winning Publisher, Oneworld

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Oneworld has acquired the rights to Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi’s second novel. Titled The First Woman, the novel is the third […]

African Literati React to Oscars Disqualification of Nigeria’s First Ever Entry, Lionheart, with Conversation on Language, Colonial Legacy

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On November 5, 2019, African Twitter was abuzz with the news that Lionheart (2018), Nigeria’s first ever submission to the Academy […]

Opportunity for African Writers | Submit Your Work for the 2020 K & L Prize

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The 2020 K & L Prize is open for submissions. Currently in its second year, the $1000 NZ prize was […]

South African Literary Awards 2019: All the Winners

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The winners of the 2019 South African Literary Awards (SALA) were announced on Thursday, November 7, at a ceremony held […]

“A Hymen is Where Angels Live”: Chika Unigwe, Molara Wood, Kọ́lá Túbọ̀sún, and the Definitions of Hymen You Never Knew Existed

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Yesterday started off as an ordinary day on African literary Twitter. There was the usual announcement of newly published books […]

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