Subscribe to Newsletter
Monthly Newsletter: Join more than 5,000 African literature enthusiasts!
Subscribe for African literature news, and receive a free copy of our "Guide to African Novels."

12227169_1166166053412443_1411131492774005994_n

Obinna Udenwe’s experience is proof that a writer’s life is never divorced from the realities on ground.

Those who follow Nigerian news know that Nigerians have been battling an acute problem of fuel scarcity.

With petrol hard to come by, prices have skyrocketed. Going to work or conducting business in Nigerian cities has become nightmarishly difficult.

But beyond the inconveniences of waiting in never-ending cues at petrol stations, the situation has been fatal for some. A few days ago, it was reported that a family died of fire that resulted from poorly stored petrol.

As you can imagine the difficulties of a petrol-less life extends to the world of writing. Yesterday, Obinna Udenwe—author of Satans and Shaitans—took to Facebook to talk about how the on-going fuel scarcity is complicating his life as a writer.

Screen Shot 2016-04-07 at 6.43.32 AM

To all the writers in Nigeria struggling to go about their daily writing hustle due to fuel scarcity, we commiserate with you. Feel free to tell us your experience in the comment section. We wish you the best and hope the scarcity ends soon.

This Battabox video captures just how ugly the situation is:

 

************
Author image by Ake Art and Book Festival 
Petrol Station cue via Bellanaija.com

Tags: , ,

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.

4 Responses to “Obinna Udenwe | On Being a “Writer in a Petrol-less Nation”” Subscribe

  1. Obinna Udenwe April 8, 2016 at 10:26 am #

    Oh, thanks Brittle Paper for putting this up here – so far it has been a tough one living in Nigeria – there are few vehicles on the road, transport fares have skyrocketed unbelievably, the black market thrives and security agencies shot and killed some citizens they perceived to be marketing petrol by the roadside (such a shame).

    As I type this, only a few petrol stations are open for business in Abakaliki where I live and only a few vehicles are on the road. My car hasn’t left the compound for two days. And our President, who made himself the petroleum minister hasn’t said anything.

  2. Ainehi Edoro April 8, 2016 at 10:46 am #

    Sounds awful. Hang in there my dear friend. I’m really hoping the scarcity ends soon.

  3. Celestine Chimmumunefenwuanya April 8, 2016 at 1:26 pm #

    Obinna, 230 and you scream? down here in Ohaukwu borough its whooping 320 naira a litre. I had gloried in the crest of Buhari’s change and now am not find things funny and phenominally draining. Oga Obi sorry ooo. i popped in cos i can relate to it

  4. Nwanne Agwu April 16, 2016 at 4:51 pm #

    We should just keep up with it and pray it doesn’t become normal. The petroleum minister or head dictator is really making things change. Trike riders are making money here in Abakaliki. If don’t want it, then trek on…

Leave a Reply to Nwanne Agwu

Welcome to Brittle Paper, your go-to site for African writing and literary culture. We bring you all the latest news and juicy updates on publications, authors, events, prizes, and lifestyle. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram (@brittlepaper) and sign up for our "I love African Literature" newsletter.

Monthly Newsletter!

Subscribe for African literature news, and receive a free copy of our
"Guide to African Novels."

Archives

Bernardine Evaristo: Your Guide to All Eight Books by the Booker Prize Winner

bernardine evaristo by jennie scott - graph

While better known in the African literary scene as the founder of the massively influential Brunel International African Poetry Prize, […]

TJ Benson’s Forthcoming Novel, The Madhouse, Follows a Troubled Family Across Four Decades

tj benson - graph

The Nigerian writer TJ Benson has a new novel set to be published by Masobe Books in 2020. A new […]

The Guardian UK Criticized for Headline Calling Bernardine Evaristo’s Booker Prize-winning Novel Obscure

bernardine evaristo - girl, woman, other - somethingbookish

Right after Bernardine Evaristo and Margaret Atwood were announced joint winners of the 2019 Booker Prize for Fiction, the UK’s […]

Bernardine Evaristo’s Joint Win of the Booker Prize, with Margaret Atwood, Makes Her the First Black Woman & Second Nigerian to Receive the Honour

bernardine evaristo by jennie scott - graph

The Nigerian-British novelist Bernardine Evaristo has been awarded the 2019 Booker Prize for Fiction, for her novel Girl, Woman, Other, […]

The Queen of Dahomey: Episode Three | The Witches of Auchi Series | Anthony Azekwoh

5F1614B1-66B7-4191-94D8-30BD62A651A9

There was an old woman with a ragged scar on her cheek who lived alone on the outskirts of Dahomey. […]

Befeqadu Hailu, Ethiopian Writer-Activist & Co-founder of Zone 9 Blog, Named 2019 International Writer of Courage

Befeqadu Hailu with Lemn Sissay at PEN Pinter Prize ceremony Photo credit to George Torode

Befeqadu Hailu, the Ethiopian writer, activist, and co-founder of the Amharic-language human rights platform Zone 9 Blogging Collective, has been […]

Thanks for signing up!

Never miss out on new posts. Subscribe to a digest, too:

No thanks, I only want the monthly newsletter.