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.


We live the sunlight

we do not trust you with nights. when you fall into the death in your mouth. cold. we set our left eyes ablaze to your feet. we lend our ears to the door. to be sure the morning is not your mass of mourning. but how again do we tell you? that we are also... Continue Reading →

Event | An Evening of Poetry, Music, and Conversation with Gbenga Adesina and Kechi Nomu at Angels & Muses, Lagos

African Poetry Book Fund (APBF) and Angels & Muse—Victor Ehikhamenor’s artsy co-working space—is bringing to Lagos an intimate evening of poetry, music, and stimulating conversation with Gbenga Adesina and Kechi Nomu, two of the best known Nigerian poets of the new generation. The event is themed “Private Histories, Bodies and Radical Tenderness” and will be moderated by the poet... Continue Reading →

Wreck Love…by Lawal Mutalib Tunde/ poetry 

W​RECK LOVE Instead of stabbingHis heart,Why don't you justStab his chest?In lieu of showingLove lust in yourEyes and havingLovelorn in your heart.Why don'tYou just kill himAnd swallow the Knife.For hisHeart was asScars furnishedWith series ofExperiences.What deceivedHim most wasThat of his trustworthyWho believedIn the heartOf gold,Like that ofAnne FrankWhose fragrancesOf love was Immortal.What downgradedHim most wasThat... Continue Reading →

Safia Elhillo, Koleka Putuma, Kemiyondo Coutinho in Forbes’ 30 Under 30 List

Four writers have been named in Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list for 2018: Sudanese poet Safia Elhillo and South African performance poet Koleka Putuma—both of whom were shortlisted for the 2017 Brittle Paper Award for Poetry—Ugandan playwright-actress Kemiyondo Coutinho, and Nigerian writer-filmmaker Sonia Irabor. They are included alongside such entertainers as South African rapper Cassper Nyovest, South African singer Shekhinah, Nigerian... Continue Reading →

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