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The annual release of a Valentine stories anthology has become a tradition of sorts, something exciting to look forward to. In 2015, Ankara Press published Valentine’s Day Anthology 2015, a fourteen-story collection featuring everybody from Binyavanga Wainaina to Sarah Ladipo Manyika to Hawa Jande Golakai to Abubakar Adam Ibrahim.

In 2016, we published Gossamer: Valentine Stories, 2016 edited by Nonso Anyanwu and with an Introduction by Toni Kan.

This year, we are delighted to share with you a brand new anthology titled Love Stories from Africa, edited once again by Nonso Anyanwu, with an Introduction by Helon Habila.

Love Stories from Africa assembles thirty-six brief explorations of love from contributors across the continent. Here is Nonso Anyanwu’s Editor’s Note.

My idea was to feature fifty writers across Africa, to represent as many countries as possible. But when the entries started swarming into my inbox, I realized how unrealistic that was, largely because I was actually looking for a class of stories.

There were moments of new discovery, which I considered the most significant period of this production. Some of the writers here just write amazing things on their Facebook and Twitter walls for their friends to like and comment and share. Some are poets and lifestyle bloggers, and have never published a piece of fiction, never been anthologized. Some are just booklovers and readers who can tell when a story is well written; while most of the writers here have their works published in several notable magazines and anthologies around the world and have been nominated and won prestigious prizes.

This anthology is one of Africa’s contributions to world literature. We are presenting to the world one of the true characteristics of African literature by re-presenting the Africa which has been portrayed on international TV channels as an Africa of hunger and strife, an Africa of refugees and terrorism, an Africa of dictatorships and anti-government protests. We are portraying a romantic Africa, an Africa full of healthy people and environment. We are telling stories that have been overlooked.

I congratulate all the contributors for joining me in making history by producing Africa’s biggest e-anthology that deals with the theme of love.

Cheers!

Nonso Anyanwu,

Abuja, February 2017.

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Kudos to Nonso Anyanwu for pulling this off again.

Download and read LOVE STORIES FROM AFRICA–Edited by Nonso Anyanwu.

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Otosirieze is deputy editor of Brittle Paper. He is a judge for the 2018/19 Gerald Kraak Prize. He is an editor at 14, Nigeria’s first queer art collective, which has published volumes including We Are Flowers (2017) and The Inward Gaze (2018). He is the curator of the Art Naija Series, a sequence of e-anthologies of writing and visual art focusing on different aspects of Nigerianness, including Enter Naija: The Book of Places (2016), which explores cities, and Work Naija: The Book of Vocations (2017), which explores professions. His fiction has appeared in The Threepenny Review and Transition. He has completed a collection of short stories, You Sing of a Longing, is working on a novel, and is represented by David Godwin Associates literary agency. He combined English and History at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, is completing a postgraduate degree in African Studies, and taught English at Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu. Find him at otosirieze.com, where he accepts writing and editing offers, or on Instagram or Twitter: @otosirieze. When bored, he Googles Rihanna.

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