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Exclusive: Watch Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Praise & Give Certificates to Participants of the Purple Hibiscus Creative Writing Workshop 

The eleventh edition of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s creative writing workshop took place in Lagos from 20 November to 30 November 2018. Formerly the Farafina Trust Creative Writing Workshop, the event returned after its 2017 postponement as the Purple Hibiscus Trust Creative Writing Workshop, named after Adichie’s debut novel, which was marking its fifteenth anniversary, and […]

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Photos from the Purple Hibiscus Trust Creative Writing Workshop and Literary Evening

The 11th edition of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s creative writing workshop took place in Lagos from November 20 to November 30, 2018. Formerly the Farafina Trust Creative Writing Workshop, the event returned after its postponement in 2017 as the Purple Hibiscus Trust Creative Writing Workshop, sponsored by Trace Nigeria. Twenty-two participants were selected, housed for ten days, […]

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At the Purple Hibiscus Trust Workshop | Clementine Ewokolo-Burnley

There is water everywhere, a skyline, tall buildings, twinkling lights, pleasure craft behind locked gates. Leaning back in the taxi, I relax. I’m in Lagos, on my way to the Purple Hibiscus Trust Workshop. Twenty-two writers, ten days, reading, writing, critiques, eating, arguing, bonding. The email on November 7, which started with “Dear Clementine” and […]

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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Purple Hibiscus Turns 15: The Best Moments of a Modern Classic

“It wasn’t the first novel I wrote,” Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie told the audience at the University of Nairobi, during her lecture in honour of Kwani? Magazine’s 10th anniversary, and then she joked: “I wrote other bad novels which I hope nobody ever sees. But Purple Hibiscus was the first one that I loved.” When she […]

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Chimamanda’s Workshop Returns as the Purple Hibiscus Trust Creative Writing Workshop, Sponsored by Trace Nigeria | How to Apply

In 2017, in what should have been its tenth edition, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie announced that her annual workshop would not be held because there were no sponsors. In an email to Brittle Paper, she had stated that “our sponsor, Nigerian Breweries PLC (NB PLC), abruptly withdrew their sponsorship due to a need to streamline their expenditure.” Began […]

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The Heart of It: Working Through Xenophobia in South Africa | Ruksana Elk

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READ: 15 Pieces to Guide Your Understanding of Xenophobia in (South) Africa Talking xenophobia with South Africans of all classes […]

The Brittle Paper Interview with the Caine Prize 2019 Winner: Lesley Nneka Arimah

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In July, Lesley Nneka Arimah received the 2019 Caine Prize, the award’s twentieth edition, for her short story “Skinned,” published […]

Hollywood or Nollywood? As Americanah TV Series Goes to HBO, Actress Stella Damasus Suggests Industry Slight & Chika Unigwe Responds

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The Americanah TV series adaptation, starring Lupita Nyong’o and written by Danai Gurira, has been ordered by HBO Max. The […]

15 Pieces to Guide Your Understanding of Xenophobia in (South) Africa

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Once again, this September, xenophobic violence was unleashed on other Africans, mostly Nigerians, in South Africa: businesses were closed, shops […]

Johary Ravaloson’s Return to the Enchanted Island Is the Second Novel from Madagascar to Be Translated into English

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In May 2018, we brought news of the first novel by a writer from Madagascar to be translated into English: […]

Sundays at Saint Steven’s | Davina Philomena Kawuma | Poetry

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when god runs out of money (how, no one says) once a week, these days, we come to where the […]

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