Brittle Paper, an online platform for African literature, has announced winners of its inaugural literary awards. The categories of fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction/memoir and essays/think pieces attracted $200 each while the outstanding anniversary award attracted $300 for writings published on their platform thus reflecting their efforts to capture the range and variations of literary dialogue on the continent. Whilst it lasted, forty-eight beautifully crafted and thought-provoking entries were received across the five categories and they were shortlisted on the basis of their quality and significance.
The winners of each category include the following:
Sisonke Msimang, Essays/think pieces. Her piece titled All Your Faves Are Problematic: A Brief History of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Stanning and #BlackGirlMagic centres on black women as intellectual power. Megan Ross, fiction. His romance ‘Farang’, explores the companionship of love and language. J.K. Anowe,poetry. In his ‘Credo to Leave’, we see an entry point to an emerging sub-tradition in the poetry of Nigeria’s new generation with themes like sex, masturbation, suicidal tendencies, etc. Hawa Jande Golakai, nonfiction. His ‘Fugee’ x-rays the affecting interrogation of the Ebola crisis in Liberia, as well as of identity and the life of an artist-cum-clinical scientist. Chibuihe Obi won the anniversary award with ‘We’re Queer, We’re Here’ which is a query into the paucity of Nigerian literature about queerness and an expatiation of the immediate violence that so empowers homophobia.