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My Feminism | The Unwomanly Feminist | by Pearl Osibu

‘Pearl, you know, you should just stop saying you’re a feminist.’ If I had a Naira for every time I heard that, I’d buy the 2017 Range Rover Sport. Or, at the very least, pay my rent. This, usually said in reaction to a sweat drenched, grease splashed, food aroma wafting version of myself at […]

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November 21 | Brittle Paper Launches Essay Series on Feminism

For three weeks beginning on November 21, Brittle Paper will feature an essay series on feminism titled My Feminism. The series was inspired, in part, by Chimamanda Adichie. In the past few weeks, the award-winning novelist has made a series of public statements that unleashed a wave of public interest in the politics, practice, and values […]

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On “Performing Pregnancy” and the (What if)! After-effect | by Pearl Osibu

  In the last few days, social media has taken up arms (again) about Chimamanda’s statements. Code word ‘Perform pregnancy.’ In a recent interview with the Financial Times, Adichie confirmed that she’d had a baby—very casual-like—while having a drink. “This is just very sugary, very sweet. I would probably have a glass of wine, but […]

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Points of Departure | by Pearl Osibu | An African Story

“When should I have left?” You ask, leaving me speechless. Your plaintive voice, certain in its uncertainty reverberates through my entire being. How can I tell you this? I want to scream at you. I want to tell you you know the answer as well as I. I have known you, my friend of many […]

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Transforming Nollywood, One Script Writer at a Time—Afrinolly’s Cinema4Change

By Pearl Osibu   I’m Pearl Osibu — Literary writer, blogger, fashion designer. Notice, not a screenwriter. Or shall we say I wasn’t a screenwriter? I, now most definitely, am, and that’s the tale. The rest is detail. Afrinolly partnered with Ford foundation and gathered together a potpourri of writers of different genres— the screenwriters, […]

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Waiting for the 2014 Caine Prize Shortlist

Hard to believe it’s nearly one year since Tope Folarin’s beautiful story won the Caine Prize for African Writing. Folarin’s win made the summer of 2013 so much more interesting. An American born of Nigerian parents, Folarin compelled many in the African literary community to reconsider their assumptions about who counts as an African writer. […]

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Quagmire by Pearl Osibu | A Brittle Paper Storyteller

What does it take to become a man’s dream woman? In this story about promises that are broken even before they are made, Pearl Osibu is wondering whether being perfect, being everything you think a man wants you to be is the way to a man’s heart.  Osibu writes in a delicate voice rounded out […]

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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 […]

Who Killed Kabila II | Chimurenga’s April 2019 The Chronic Issue Uses Creative Imagination & Congolese Music to Subversively Tell a Single Story of Power & Geopolitics

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Chimurenga has released its April 2019 issue of The Chronic. Themed “Who Killed Kabila II,” the issue is built around […]

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