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REPORT | Inside Nigerian Literature’s Sponsorship Problem and the Worsening Struggle Between Prizes and Defaulting Funders

AT THE START OF THE 2010s, a community of Nigerian poets had formed on Facebook, sharing links to poems, offering free critiques. Young and promising, they were in search of opportunities. In 2015, one of them, Samson Iruesiri Kukogho, registered Words, Rhymes & Rhythm, a publishing company operating from Ibadan, Lagos, and Abuja, meant to […]

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Chimamanda Adichie Is Coming to South Africa for the 2018 Abantu Festival

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is coming to South Africa for the 2018 Abantu Book Festival. The announcement was made this morning on Twitter by the festival organizers. She joins a list of guests that includes Cassava Republic founder Bibi Bakare-Yusuf, This Mournable Body author Tsitsi Dangarembga, Fred Khumalo, Helon Habila, Happiness Is a Four-Letter Word author […]

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All the Events at the 2017 Lagos International Poetry Festival

Two weeks ago, we announced the third edition of the Lagos International Poetry Festival, set to happen from 1-5 November. Founded in 2015 by the performance poet Efe Paul Azino, author of For Broken Men Who Cross Often, this year’s festival will be held at Freedom Park, Lagos, and will feature three evenings of performances, nine panels, six […]

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It Starts From Writing Honestly | A Conversation with Wana Udobang | By Kọ́lá Túbọ̀sún

Wana Udobang is a versatile artist. She has worked as a radio presenter, movie actor, television and web broadcaster, journalist, poet, and documentary maker, and excelled at them all. In person, she’s funny, incisive, charismatic, outspoken, yet down-to-earth. In a recent conversation about her time in the UK as a student, she switches smoothly between […]

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Wana Udobang’s Sophomore Poetry Album is a Sonic Book of Memories

Wana Udobang, popularly known as WanaWana, is no stranger to the Brittle Paper community. We’ve read her poetry, enjoyed her short stories, and watched her films. But her latest project is something slightly out of the ordinary. It is an experimental blend of storytelling, spoken-word poetry, and music—an 11-track poetry album titled “In Memory of […]

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Wana Udobang Tackles Stigma and Stereotypes in Sickle Cell Docu-Series

Wana Udobang is one of our favorite persons in the world. Her multi-faceted approach to creative work is endlessly inspiring. Her most recent work is a docu-series on “the everyday journey and struggles faced by those living with sickle cell.” The first video, featuring Toyin Oshinowo, was posted on June 19th in commemoration of World Sickle […]

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LISTEN 🎧 | Wana Udobang Features Titilope Sonuga in New Poetry Track Titled Open

We’re looking forward to the release of “In Memory of Forgetting,” Wana Udobang’s sophomore poetry album. When it comes, we know it’ll be soulful and beautiful. She revealed, on her website, that “the work navigates trauma, loss and self-renewal.” Here is a little something to tide us over until the album arrives. It’s a poem titled […]

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Wana Udobang’s Room 313 is Back!

Hey Brittlepaperians, we suggest you grab a tissue and get ready to ball your eyes out, because Room 313 is back! The beloved experimental confessional video series has returned after a painfully long hiatus and we are loving every single minute of it. Released through series director, Wana Udobang’s YouTube channel, the two new videos […]

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The Guardian UK Criticized for Headline Calling Bernardine Evaristo’s Booker Prize-winning Novel Obscure

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Right after Bernardine Evaristo and Margaret Atwood were announced joint winners of the 2019 Booker Prize for Fiction, the UK’s […]

Bernardine Evaristo’s Joint Win of the Booker Prize, with Margaret Atwood, Makes Her the First Black Woman & Second Nigerian to Receive the Honour

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The Nigerian-British novelist Bernardine Evaristo has been awarded the 2019 Booker Prize for Fiction, for her novel Girl, Woman, Other, […]

The Queen of Dahomey: Episode Three | The Witches of Auchi Series | Anthony Azekwoh

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There was an old woman with a ragged scar on her cheek who lived alone on the outskirts of Dahomey. […]

Befeqadu Hailu, Ethiopian Writer-Activist & Co-founder of Zone 9 Blog, Named 2019 International Writer of Courage

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Befeqadu Hailu, the Ethiopian writer, activist, and co-founder of the Amharic-language human rights platform Zone 9 Blogging Collective, has been […]

Kalaf Epalanga, Angolan Author & Musician, Named Curator of the 2020 African Book Festival in Berlin

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The Angolan musician and author Kalaf Epalanga, who looks like the actor Mahershala Ali, has been announced as the curator […]

Addis Ababa Noir, Edited by Maaza Mengiste & Featuring Mahtem Shiferraw, Sulaiman Addonia, Linda Yohannes, Meron Hadero, Hannah Giorgis, Forthcoming in April 2020

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Each anthology in Akashic Books’ noir series is “set in a distinct neighborhood or location within the respective city” and […]

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