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Is “Tram 83” Misogynist Poverty Porn? Petina Gappah, Tsitsi Dangarembga, Ainehi Edoro Deepen Conversation as Ikhide Ikheloa and Richard Oduku Publish New Essays

Two days ago, we covered an important conversation that had started on Facebook in reaction to Ikhide Ikheloa’s essay in which he described Fiston Mwanza Mujila’s 2015 Etisalat Prize-winning debut novel Tram 83 as misogynist and poverty porn. It was a truly continental conversation that drew in a host of thinkers: South Africa’s feminist novelist […]

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Is Fiston Mujila’s “Tram 83” Misogynist Poverty Porn? Zukiswa Wanner and Richard Oduku Lead Strong Reaction to Ikhide Ikheloa’s Damning Criticism

In August 2014, Congolese author Fiston Mwanza Mujila’s debut French-language novel, Tram 83, was released to rapturous acclaim in France. By 2015, it had been translated into English and the rave was even stronger. Mujila became a sensation. His novel, set in a nightclub and centered on two friends (“one a budding writer home from abroad, the […]

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On Fictionalizing Violence: Sebald Versus Poverty Porn

Clemantine Wamariya and her sister left home to escape genocide in Rwanda. They wandered from refugee camp to refugee camp for 6 years until they gained asylum in the United States where they now live. Clemantine, who does advocacy work against genocide, recently shared a longer version of this story in the online magazine Matter. [Read Here] It’s […]

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NoViolet Bulawayo: Everything I Produce Is African | Dispatches From Kampala by Bwesigye bwa Mwesigire

From 18th to the 22nd June 2014, Kampala hosted The Writivism Festival, a literary feast attracting prominent names in contemporary African Literature. NoViolet Bulawayo participated in festival and was later hosted at the FEMRITE Readers and Writers club alongside Abubakar Adam Ibrahim and 2014 Writivism regional winners, Kelechi Njoku and Ssekandi Ronald Sseguja. The conversations touched […]

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Why Only Africans Worry About Poverty Porn

Africa is the only continent bothered about being perceived as poor. There is a historical reason for this. The idea of Africa as the poor continent is as old as the 17th and 18th centuries—those heady days of European optimism when philosophers squandered precious ink drafting the stories that will define the project of modernity. Every story […]

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Caine Prizes and Poverty Pornstars — Bulawayo Takes Swipe At Habila

A few days ago, Zimbabwean author, Noviolet Bulawayo, writes on her Facebook wall: Today I woke up to some South African love, and it’s very meaningful to me, for obvious reasons. I am remembering that my very first published story was by Munyori journal, and it meant a lot to have that Zim and African […]

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Brunel Prize 2019 Poems Review | Part 1: Jamila Osman & Selina Nwulu

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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 […]

Aminatta Forna’s Happiness Is a Finalist for the 2019 Ondaatje Prize

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Aminatta Forna’s fourth novel and fifth book Happiness is one of the six finalists for the 2019 Ondaatje Prize. The announcement was […]

Nnedi Okorafor Is Creating a TV Series Company for Africanfuturist Stories

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Nnedi Okorafor is creating a TV series company for Africanfuturist stories. The multi-awarded novelist revealed this on Facebook via a […]

Felaland | Pei Koroye | Fiction

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  you want to know if i fucked him, don’t you? don’t lie, i know what you journalist types are […]

RadioBook Rwanda | Huza Press Releases Hybrid Books Combining Words, Art, & Sound

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Last May, we brought news of Huza Press’ new hybrid books imprint RadioBook Rwanda, a collaborative project with Kenya’s Kwani? and UK’s No Bindings […]

On the Celebration and Endurance of Women: In Conversation with Sisonke Msimang, Winner of the Brittle Paper Award for Essays & Think Pieces

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Sisonke Msimang is the author of Always Another Country: A Memoir of Exile and Home (2017) and The Resurrection of Winnie Mandela […]

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