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Dr. Stella Nyanzi Sentenced to 18 Months in Prison for a Poem About Uganda’s President Museveni, Stages Nude Protest in Court

The Ugandan academic and gender and queer rights advocate Stella Nyanzi has been sentenced to 18 months in prison after being found guilty of cyber harassment against the country’s 33-year-ruling President Yoweri Museveni. She has been in prison for nine months now, having been arrested, first in October 2018, for a Facebook post she made, […]

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Jennifer Makumbi on Her Collection, National Identities, Prizes, Adichie’s Fame, MFAs, and Why Western Editors Don’t Get African Audiences

Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi is on a press tour for her new book, the short story collection Manchester Happened, published in the US as Let’s Tell This Story Properly. In an interview with the Kenyan newspaper Daily Nation‘s Gloria Mwaniga, the 2018 Windham-Campbell Prize winner, who is gaining a reputation for saying exactly what she thinks, […]

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The Nalubaale Review Calls for Submissions for Its Travel Issue

The Uganda-based magazine The Nalubaale Review is calling for submissions—short fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction—for its Travel issue. The deadline for submission is 15 June 2019. In an email to Brittle Paper, its editor Nakitto Irene explained that the name “Nalubaale,” which in Luganda means “god” or “mother of gods,” is the original name for the Lake […]

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Writivism Is Listing 56 Ugandan Writers to Mark the Country’s 56th Independence Anniversary

To mark Uganda’s 56th Independence anniversary, Writivism is highlighting works by 56 writers from the country. The four-part series, which will feature writers active between 1934 and 2018, was inspired by Bakwa Magazine’s “100 Days of Cameroonian Literature” and Darkowaa’s “GH at 60 | Our Writers & Their Books.” Early research for the list was […]

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When We Talk about Kintu | Ellah Wakatama Allfrey | Essay

When Kwani? launched its Manuscript Project competition in 2012 the stated aim was to find the best unpublished novels by writers from across Africa—and to publish them for readers across Africa. The call for submissions asserted a firm belief that ‘there is no greater celebration of emergent forms than in publishing our own’ with Billy Kahora […]

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New Leadership at Writivism | Meet Valerie Bah and Kagayi Peter | by Bwesigye Bwa Mwesigire

At the start of this month, there was a shake-up at Writivism, the Kampala-based pan African literary initiative. The new coordinators are some of the coolest people alive today, especially on the African literary scene, in my not so humble view. Both Kagayi Peter and Valerie Bah are not exactly new names on the African […]

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I am Not my Hair | by Farida Bagalaaliwo | An African Essay

I remember sitting between my mother’s knees, feeling my 5inch/6inch hair pulled and prodded with love, just so; hairpins stuck in the back, left, right and center to hold that little short mass of hair into a ‘puff'(bun). My face scrunched and wincing with each pull of the brush, and an occasional “ouch” when the […]

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Okwiri’s Critique of Our Stories Was Invaluable | Sydney Mugerwa on Writivism Mentorship

A while back, I was among those selected from across Africa to participate in a writing program, organized by Centre for African Cultural Excellence (CACE), dubbed Writivism. For somebody with one hundred or so badly written teenage poems lying forgotten in diaries and collecting dust and numerous futile childish attempts at writing short stories long […]

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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 […]

Jude Idada Awarded 2019 NLNG Prize, for Children’s Novel Exploring Sickle Cell Disease

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The Nigerian writer and filmmaker Jude Idada has been awarded the 2019 Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG) Prize for Literature, […]

Bernardine Evaristo: Your Guide to All Eight Books by the Booker Prize Winner

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While better known in the African literary scene as the founder of the massively influential Brunel International African Poetry Prize, […]

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