Pot of Stories
Ifeanyichukwu Eze in The Rumpus
As banditry ravages some of the northern sides of Nigeria, Eze, with his powerful way of collecting words to tell tales, narrates a schoolgirl’s experience alongside her family.
Johnson K Appiah in Kalahari Review
A fine story about a young woman who seeks a better life outside her hometown, she follows her cousin to the city of Accra. She was later lured into prostitution.
Gbemisola Akinola-Alli in Isele Magazine
Jumọkẹ, due to envy, falls into an unknown trap. She’s envious of her sister, Titi whose beauty has attracted many suitors, both humans and spirits. Will Jumọkẹ pay for her envy and act of deceit for taking one of her sister’s suitors who’s from a royal house?
Fowota Mortoo in Brittle Paper
A woman, far away from home, finds her way back to her fatherland. She reminisces about the bond between distant families coming together at the end of the year, and the activities during this period.
Olakunle Ologunro in Lolwe
In this humour and lesson-filled story, Olakunle exposes his reader to the lead character whose name is Bimpe Adedeji.
Bimpe opens another Facebook account and the events that follow this act will absolutely pin you down as a reader.
Pot of Poetry
Victoria Adukwei Bulley in The Guardian
Allow what is simple
to be simple. Accept it as
truth. Quiet as it’s kept
we help the trees to breathe too
Jide Badmus in The Shore Poetry
the road is
full of mouths
& everything is
out to eat you.
Akosua Zimba Afiriyie-Hwedie in Napkin Poetry Review
I look beyond
God, pick one,
wish upon it.
Other times, I
look beyond God
for a woman
like my mother
Zainab Bobi in West Trade Review
& we pray janazah for the people
we shared salam with yesterday.
the truth is we can’t pray
without hiding our bodies
Henneh Kyereh Kwaku in Poets
I appeal to you, in the blood spilled on us
lives into absence
Chigozie Obioma (2015)
Obioma’s debut novel, Set in Akure, South-West, Nigeria, explores political instability, the need for hope, and injustice as themes in this story. The author indirectly challenges political leaders to embrace good Governance. He uses Animal characters in driving home all messages he has in mind, a style you don’t see often.
Chigozie Obioma is an Assistant Professor of literature and creative writing at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The Fishermen has been translated into 25 national languages and won about a dozen distinguished international awards. Some of these include the New York Times’ Sunday Book Review Editor’s Choice and Financial Times/Oppenheimer’s award for fiction from Africa and the Middle East.
News & Opportunities
Oghenechovwe Donald Ekpeki Wins World Fantasy Awards 2022.
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