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Shailja Patel Rejects $87,070 Court Ruling in Sexual Assault Defamation Suit by Tony Mochama, Leaves Kenya on Self-Exile

A week following the awarding of Sh9 million ($87,070) to Tony Mochama in his sexual assault defamation suit against Shailja Patel and Wambui Mwangi, including an order for a written apology to him and prohibition from any statements against him, Patel has now reacted. On 14 August, she Tweeted that she is “speaking of my […]

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Kenyan Court Awards Tony Mochama Sh9 Million ($87,070) in Sexual Harassment Defamation Suit Against Shailja Patel and Wambui Mwangi, Orders Written Apology to Him

On 20 September 2014, while the Storymoja Hay Festival was ongoing, a group of writers met in the Nairobi home of postcolonial theory and political history professor Wambui Mwangi, to discuss the operation of the newly founded African Poetry Book Fund (APBF). Among those in attendance were the APBF founder Kwame Dawes, the poet Shailja […]

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African Literary Digest: 101 Notable Pieces of 2018

It was inevitable: compiling a list as monstrous as this would consume time, cause a delay. But here we are. 2018 came with its own firsts and highs. A new major publishing house came on board: The Indigo Press, founded by the distinguished Zimbabwean editor and critic Ellah Allfrey. A new major magazine: Kabaka, dedicated to publishing queer-centered […]

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The 2018 Brittle Paper Awards: The Winners

The Brittle Paper Awards is our way of recognizing the finest, original pieces of literature by Africans available online for free. We began it in 2017 to mark our seventh anniversary. The $1,100 cash prize is spread across five categories which reflect our efforts to capture the range and variations of literary dialogue on the continent: the Brittle Paper Award […]

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The 2018 Brittle Paper Anniversary Award: 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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Writers on Social Media: Vol. 1 | Feat. Nnedi Okorafor, Chimamanda, Shailja Patel, Teju Cole, Tomi Adeyemi, Momtaza Mehri, Joy Mogami, & More

What did your favourite literary person do on Twitter or Facebook recently? We went through some timelines to bring you what Nnedi Okorafor, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Shailja Patel, Teju Cole, Tomi Adeyemi, Momtaza Mehri, and Joy Mogami were up to. Nnedi Okorafor The beauty of following Nnedi Okorafor on social media is that you get an […]

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Shailja Patel Responds to Chimamanda Adichie’s Comments on Post-Colonial Theory

Last week, during her 25 January The Night of Ideas interview in France, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie sparked controversy with her comments on post-colonial theory. When asked her thoughts on it, she said: Post-colonial theory? I don’t know what it means. I think it’s something that professors made up because they needed to get jobs. On Twitter, […]

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The 2019 Purple Hibiscus Writing Workshop, to Be Held in Awka, Now Open for Applications 

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In 2018, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie announced the return of her annual workshop, after its one-year hiatus in 2017 necessitated by […]

The Council of Five: Episode 4 | The Witches of Auchi Series | Anthony Azekwoh

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At midnight, when a new moon appeared, when the night is darkest, the witches have their meeting.   [12:00 am] […]

Chimurenga’s Broadcast & Book Launch at The New School (NYC) Will Explore African American Participation in & Cultural-Historical Complexity of FESTAC ’77 | 23-25 October

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Press release: Chimurenga at The New School, NYC | 23 -25 October 2019 From 23–25 October 2019, Chimurenga will install its Pan […]

Children of Virtue and Vengeance | Read an Excerpt from the Second Novel in Tomi Adeyemi’s Legacy of Orisha Trilogy

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A few months back, Adeyemi unveiled the cover for Children of Virtue and Vengeance, the second installment in her Legacy […]

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

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Brittle Paper‘s deputy editor Otosirieze Obi-Young was recently profiled on Literary Hub. The October 3 feature is titled “On a […]

Book Review | Cheluchi Onyemelukwe-Onuobia’s The Son of the House | Ikhide Ikheloa

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Triumphant Tales of Many Daughters in Houses of Hurt The smell of last night’s ora soup had clung to the […]

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