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Whenever I find a cool literary project, I love sharing it with you guys.

Here is  “Sandstorms in June,” a poetry and photography collection put together by a group of 7 OAU alumni.

The project comes at the recommendation of no other than Tade Ipadeola, author of The Sahara Testaments and winner of the 2013 NLNG literary prize.

In the foreword to the collection, he recalls his days as a law student at the prestigious Nigerian university.

“As one who also passed through the hallowed grounds of the University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University), I am both delighted and a little envious of the anthology,” Ipadeola writes.

“More than two decades back in time when I left that singular University for the Law School and the larger society, this kind of [project] was almost unheard of. Today we have it with us and it provides rich seams of human thought and human aspiration for exploration. The authors themselves, happily, do not appear self-conscious of the significance of what they have created but time will tell about just how critical Sandstorms in June is in the literature of coming of age in Nigeria and Africa as a whole.”

He says that Sandstorms in June is well worth “our time and of our regard.”

“The minds at work in it are noble and strong. They are the beacons pointing the way to a future in which Africa reclaims her pride of place in the narrative of the world. Enjoy it.”

Here are some of the featured photographs by Dapo Baba to whet your appetite. For a free download of Sandstorms in June, follow this link HERE.

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I hold a doctorate in English from Duke University and recently joined the Marquette University English faculty as an Assistant Professor. I love teaching African fiction and contemporary British novels. Brittle Paper is the virtual space/station where I play and experiment with ideas on how to reinvent African fiction and literary culture.

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