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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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About Otosirieze Obi-Young

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Otosirieze Obi-Young is a writer, an academic, and Deputy Editor of Brittle Paper. His fiction has appeared in The Threepenny Review ("Mulumba," 2016), Transition ("A Tenderer Blessing," 2015), and in an anthology of the Gerald Kraak Award for which he was shortlisted ("You Sing of a Longing," 2017). His work has further been shortlisted for the Miles Morland Writing Scholarship in 2016 and a Pushcart Prize in 2015. He attended the 2018 Miles Morland Foundation Creative Writing Workshop. He is the curator of the ART NAIJA SERIES, a sequence of themed e-anthologies of writing and visual art exploring different aspects of Nigerianness. The first, ENTER NAIJA: THE BOOK OF PLACES (October, 2016), focuses on cities in Nigeria. The second, WORK NAIJA: THE BOOK OF VOCATIONS (June, 2017), focuses on professions in Nigeria. He studied History and Literature at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, is currently completing a postgraduate programme in African Studies and Pop Culture, and teaches English at Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu. He has completed a collection of short stories, YOU SING OF A LONGING, and is working on a novel. He is represented by David Godwin Associates literary agency. When bored, he just Googles Rihanna.

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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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