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Here Are The 5 Winners of The Brittle Paper Awards

These are the 5 pieces that won the second annual Brittle Paper Awards.

The winners of the Brittle Paper Awards have been announced. The awards, which were established in 2017, aim to recognize the "finest original pieces of writing by Africans published online." The shortlist included 31 pieces by writers from several African countries for the five categories: the Brittle Paper Award for Fiction, the Brittle Paper Award for Poetry, the Brittle Paper Award for Creative Nonfiction, the Brittle Paper Award for Essays and Think Pieces, and the Brittle Paper Anniversary Award.

Below are the winners and the pieces that won them award.


1. The Brittle Paper Award for Creative Nonfiction

"The Miseducation of Gratitude," by Sibongile Fisher(South Africa), in Selves: An Afro Anthology of Creative Nonfiction.


2. The Brittle Paper Award for Poetry

"A Field, any Field," by Itiola Jones (Nigeria), published in The Offing.


3. The Brittle Paper Award for Fiction

"Involution," by Stacy Hardy (South Africa), in Migrations: New Short Fiction from Africa, an anthology by Short Story Day Africa.


4. The Brittle Paper Award for Essays and Think Pieces

"History Through the Body or Rights of Desire, Rights of Conquest," by Panashe Chigumadzi (Zimbabwe), in The Johannesburg Review of Books.


5. The Brittle Paper Anniversary Award

"On Postcolonial Theory," by Shailja Patel (Kenya), published as a series of tweets.

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How You Can Help Nigeria’s #EndSARS Protests

We round up some ways you can support the movement and its cause, no matter where you are in the world.

Widespread protests against Nigeria's notorious Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) are becoming more of a revolution. The movement is an outcry from youths demanding a general reform of the country, majorly characterized by poor governance, with a focus on the harassment and assaults committed by SARS. The movement has been raging through the city of Lagos for the past three weeks, as protesters home and abroad have taken to the streets in masses to express their keen dissatisfaction.

Hashtags like #EndSARS, #EndPoliceBrutality, and #EndBadGovernanceInNigeria have brandished across all social media platforms to amplify the voices of the youth people fighting back. These hashtags have, in turn, gained traction with the help of celebrities like singers Rihanna, Demi Lovato, and Beyoncé, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, and many others. Nigerian stars, Falz, Runtown, Tiwa Savage, Davido, Wizkid, Burna Boy, and many more also joined in the movement, as many of them took to the streets with placards.

To date, the peacefully protesting Nigerians' needs have not been met. With said needs not being satisfied as they demand justice for lives lost due to the brutal and corrupt practices of police officers.

We have rounded up some ways you can support this movement and its cause, no matter where you are in the world.

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