TheNakedConvos (TNC), the acclaimed and award-winning Nigerian group, have published their first anthology.
It is a collection of short stories written by young Nigerian writers, titled These Words Expose Us: An Anthology.
These Words Expose Us: An Anthology is a unique and complex collection of stories old and new that all highlight the power of words to make us feel intensely,” says Wole Talabi, author and fiction Editor at TheNakedConvos.
The collection focuses on the impact that words, in particular, the things we say (or don’t say) can have on our lives and relationships—exposing intimate thoughts and complex feelings.
It features stories by award-winning writers such as Uche Okonkwo, Osemhen Akhibi, Pamela Naaki Tetteh, Gbolahan Adeola and more.
The stories are of varying lengths and styles, ensuring the reader can’t really know what to expect, bringing an enjoyable element of surprise. They also tackle diverse issues.
In Orange Tree, words reveal to a young woman the truth about her father and her heritage and challenge all the feelings she has held on to for so long.
The shortest story in the collection “There, I said it,” is a flash fiction elaboration of a man’s decision to cheat on his wife which reviewers have called “simply brilliant”.
In “Apparitions,” Nigerian grief is professionally dissected and explored, with the final words of a grieving widow, exposing the hope in her heart.
“Naming” describes events in the life of an emotionally detached woman when the man she is having an affair with asks her to name his unborn child. In “The Girl by the Window,” is a disturbing story about a mother’s relationship with her troubled daughter. The editors own entry, “A Certain Sort of Warm Magic” an introspective love story that constantly questions the things we feel about ourselves and our place in society.
Other compelling stories in the collection include “The Thing with Mr. Lawal,” “Business,” “Introducing Tristan,” “The Affair,” “An Afternoon at the Palms” and much more, all written in unique and engaging styles.
You can read a review of the collection on BellaNaija HERE.
Wale Adetula (The Toolsman), Founder and Online Editor of TheNakedConvos said, “For four years, TNC has entertained, engaged and enlightened our devoted readers with stories published on our website. We have also discovered new talent by working with First Bank as well as Tolu Ogunlesi, Ighosa Imaseun, Seun Salami, Myne Whitman, Chude Jideonwo and other key Nigerian literary figures to create The Writer Competition. Now, we have tapped into all that experience and learning to create this book.”
TheNakedConvos (TNC) is the winner of two Black Weblog Awards, multiple Nigerian Blog awards, and more.
These Words Expose Us: An Anthologyis an emotional, thought-provoking and fascinating invitation to exploration, honesty, vulnerability, connection, celebration of relationships, and self-discovery.
The unique, sensual cover which plays on the theme of words and exposure was created by Tokunbo Aworinde.
It is available for purchase now from www.thenakedconvos.com/shop or via telephone on 08029332491.
Also available in Paperback from Amazon: http://goo.gl/EZxZMr
Available for kindle e-reader: http://goo.gl/IS8SV4
And available for Android and iOS smartphones via the OkadaBooks app.