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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 was born in Aba, Nigeria and attended the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. A finalist for the 2016 Miles Morland Writing Scholarship, his short stories include: “A Tenderer Blessing,” which appears in Transition Magazine and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2015; “Mulumba,” which appears in The Threepenny Review; and “You Sing of a Longing,” which was shortlisted for the inaugural Gerald Kraak Award and appears in Pride and Prejudice, an anthology by The Jacana Literary Foundation and The Other Foundation. His essays appear in Interdisciplinary Academic Essays and in Brittle Paper where he is Deputy Editor. His interviews appear in Africa in Dialogue, Bakwa Magazine, SPRINNG, and Dwartonline. He is the editor 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 Nigerian cities. The second, Work Naija: The Book of Vocations (June 2017), focuses on professions in Nigeria. A postgraduate student of African Studies, he currently teaches English at Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu, Nigeria. When bored, he blogs pop culture at naijakulture.blogspot.com or 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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