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Art Naija Series Vol. 2 | Work Naija: The Book of Vocations | Powerful Mixed-Genre Anthology Explores the Idea of Work

Brittle Paper is delighted to bring you Work Naija: The Book of Vocations. It is the second book in the ART NAIJA series, a literary project launched last year to craft concept-based anthologies exploring various aspects of Nigerian life, ideas, and artistic forms. It is also an attempt to put together a collection of exciting […]

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The Labours of the Months: Of Work and Its Refuseniks | Rotimi Babatunde

  In October 2016, we published Enter Naija: The Book of Places, an anthology of creative nonfiction, photography, poetry, digital art, fiction and commentary on Nigerian cities, designed to mark the country’s 56th Independence anniversary. Featuring 35 writers and visual artists, the anthology is edited by Otosirieze Obi-Young and introduced by Ikhide R. Ikheloa, and […]

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A Tenderer Blessing | Otosirieze Obi-Young | Fiction

THE university campus in Nsukka was full of ixora, and it was beside one of the trimmed hedges in our Faculty of Arts, stoic, green tables with red blossoms, that Nnaemeka first spoke to me, igniting a friendship that will, as long as I breathe, remain an indelible part of my life. At first, I […]

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Is He African Literature’s Greatest Linguistic Innovator? | The 5 Books of the Late Kojo Laing

The Ghanaian writer Bernard Kojo Laing recently passed on. Born on 1 July 1946, in Kumasi, Ghana, he died on 20 April 2017, at age 70. And the tributes have been effusive, even if they haven’t been as many as there should, which is worrying given that he was, as noted in The Johannesburg Review, […]

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Happy Birthday, Binyavanga Wainaina: Six Writers Pay Tribute to a Friend, Mentor, and Teacher

Inspired by Lara Abiona’s beautiful birthday tribute to Binyavanga Wainaina here on Brittle Paper, we asked six writers—Linda Musita, Kiprop Kimutai, Saddiq M. Dzukogi, Arinze Ifeakandu, M.V. Sematlane, Otosirieze Obi-Young—to pen thank-you notes to a man who, in being a fearless pioneer, has made considerable impact on the African literary and cultural scene. By Linda […]

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The Lion in Harmattan | Otosirieze Obi-Young | Memoir

Something has happened to me The things so great that I cannot weep; Somebody is dead. —Kofi Awoonor, “Songs of Sorrow.” I HE WAS INDOMITABLE and alluring, in public and in private. His was a measured gait, a quick, measured, purposeful gait. The soldierly stride of a man who could knock down the most entrenched […]

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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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Art Naija Series Vol. 1 | Enter Naija: The Book of Places | Anthology Marks Nigeria’s 56th Independence Anniversary

A group of writers are celebrating Nigeria’s independence day in the best way possible. They’ve put together an anthology titled Enter Naija: The Book of Places. It is a powerful literary project that reflects on the idea of Nigeria in terms of space and place. The collection of stories, poetry, non-fiction pieces, and photography focus on a specific […]

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Chimamanda Adichie’s father, Professor James Nwoye Adichie, died on Wednesday June 10, 2020. Today, the author breaks her silence around […]

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Lagos-based publishing press Ouida Books is accepting submissions for its new imprint LWM. LMW is the third addition to the […]

Wayétu Moore Announces New Novel Exploring Mami Wata Mythology

Wayétu Moore Announces New Novel Exploring Mami Wata Mythology

Liberian-American author Wayétu Moore is staying busy and productive. Barely a year since the release of her widely praised memoir […]

Tsitsi Dangarembga Petitions Parliament of Zimbabwe for Removal of Health Minister Obadiah Moyo

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On June 19, 2020, Zimbabwe Health Minister Obadiah Moyo was arrested on corruption charges for engaging in an illegal 60 […]

Is This Us? The Many Holes in Nigerian-American Portrayal of the Nigerian Experience | Damilola Oyedele | Essay

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A few weeks ago, as I watched Yvonne Orji explain Nigerian slang to her audience, feelings I couldn’t immediately name […]

The Meaning of Guernica | Umar Abubakar Sidi | Poetry

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  Guernica Celebration of modern fascism Horrific devastation in the Basque town of Guernica Monochrome grisaille Crawling analysis of the […]

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