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The Self-obsessed Nonfiction of Millennials: Thoughts on Relevance | Chinaecherem Ọbọọ

“Genre-bending”: that was the word used by the organisers to describe Kola Tubosun’s winning entry for the 2018 Miles Morland Writing Scholarship, a biographical work on Wole Soyinka. The book, as proposed, documents the iconic writer’s love for nature, his efforts at restoring natural habitats, “all the while paying tribute to the great body of […]

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No 4. Marina Street | Romeo Oriogun | Poetry

EVERY DAY I watch them walk back home wet with the smell of the market, trays balanced on their heads. It will rain. It will not. The truth is here: nothing prepared us for the moment when their bones shivered like lovers ready to part from each other. By the door they peel off their […]

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How to Build a Barbecue on Saturday Night | Chisom Okafor | Poetry

My father no longer chefs, but he’d stroll, on weekends, to the next street to sell grilled things outside a cafe, (because veteran culinarians have the toughest skins. Which means they never stop, never really die, only they let themselves wane very slowly into smoke), or he’d sit out at sundown (on weekdays) to journey, […]

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Hairdresser | Ife Olujuyigbe | Nonfiction

Dear Hairdresser, Well done. This is what you say to me every ten minutes as I sit and you stand behind me, twisting and weaving and tying and working hair magic. You also say, Straight your head, and while I am not sure what that means, I sit up, and you work on. Till the […]

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The 2017 Brittle Paper Literary Awards: The Winners

The Brittle Paper Literary Awards is our way of recognizing the finest, original pieces of literature by Africans available online for free. We announced it to mark our seventh anniversary. Its five categories—Fiction ($200), Poetry ($200), Creative Nonfiction/Memoir ($200), Essays/Think Pieces ($200), and the Anniversary Award ($300) for writing published by us—reflect our efforts to […]

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The 2017 Brittle Paper Award for Essays & Think Pieces: Meet the Finalists

To mark our seventh anniversary on August 1, 2017, we announced the inaugural Brittle Paper Literary Awards, to recognize the finest, original pieces of African writing published online. The awards come in five categories: Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction, Essays/Think Pieces, and the Anniversary Award for works published on our blog. The winners in the fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction and essays/think pieces […]

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The Photographer as an Osprey | John “Lighthouse” Oyewale | Essay

On 30 June, we published Work Naija: The Book of Vocations, an anthology of writing and visual art that explores the idea of work. Edited by Otosirieze Obi-Young and introduced by Rotimi Babatunde, it is the second anthology in the Art Naija Series. We are republishing a few pieces from it. Here is John “Lighthouse” Oyewale’s essay, “The […]

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They Don’t Say Nice | Adachioma Ezeano | Nonfiction

On 30 June, we published Work Naija: The Book of Vocations, an anthology of writing and visual art that explores the idea of work. Edited by Otosirieze Obi-Young and introduced by Rotimi Babatunde, it is the second anthology in the Art Naija Series. We are republishing a few pieces from it. * Brothels are built with […]

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Kwame Dawes’s “Yard Boy”: A Powerful Poem for Our Moment

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Kwame Dawes recently wrote a poem titled “Yard Boy” that speaks to the recent events surrounding the death of George […]

Teju Cole’s Spotify Playlists Offer Musical Solace for These Times

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Among Teju Cole’s many talents is his ability to curate music that captures a mood or even the feel of […]

Petina Gappah to Write Play About the Censorship History of Dambudzo Marechera’s Novel Black Sunlight

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Petina Gappah recently announced that she was writing a play that focuses on “the 1982 banning and unbanning” of Dambudzo […]

Oh, Blessed Bri’Land | Jedah Mayberry | Fiction

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Bri’Land glistened at me, her brilliant display of pink sand shimmering in delight.  It would seem that I had finally, […]

Books That Go with Wine and Books That Don’t

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The beverages most associated with reading are tea and coffee. But many readers love to cozy up in bed with […]

In This House | Inok Rosemary | Poetry

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  In this house, we sift our words, Never letting the walls hear what they shouldn’t. The fear of their […]

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