Subscribe to Newsletter
Monthly Newsletter: Join more than 3,000 African literature enthusiasts!
Subscribe for African literature news, and receive a free copy of our "Guide to African Novels."

Brittle Paper is delighted to bring you Work Naija: The Book of Vocations. It is the second book in the ART NAIJA series, a literary project launched last year to craft concept-based anthologies exploring various aspects of Nigerian life, ideas, and artistic forms. It is also an attempt to put together a collection of exciting new work for readers who are always hungry for new African writing and art.

DOWNLOAD: WORK NAIJA – THE BOOK OF VOCATIONS

The ART NAIJA series debuted in October 2016 with a mixed-genre anthology exploring the idea of place. The collection, titled Enter Naija: The Book of Places, was published here on Brittle Paper, which, as you all know, is a literary environment that accommodates fresh new voices and innovative literary projects. With an introduction written by the Nigerian critic Ikhide R. Ikheloa, the significance of the project was in no doubt. The response from readers across the world was overwhelmingly positive. The anthology made its rounds and even received a glowing review on Chimurenga‘s The Chronic.

This time around, the new collection is built around the concept of work and vocation. Work Naija features nonfiction, photography, poetry, digital art, fiction and commentary. It explores a wide array of vocations and touches on everything from prostitution to priesthood. The stories are gripping. The essays are delectable and illuminating. The images give the writing a powerful visual resonance.

Don’t let the idea of work fool you. There is nothing tedious about reading the brilliant narratives, reflections, and photo essays in the collection. For an anthology that is built around the idea of work, Work Naija is delightfully refreshing. The 21 artists featured do a good job of taking the idea of work in very unexpected directions, relying on humor, dramatic narratives, and arresting visual and literary images to guide the reader through their exploration of how the question of work links life to fiction.

DOWNLOAD: WORK NAIJA – THE BOOK OF VOCATIONS

Readers who are familiar with the first anthology will recognize names like the 2017 Caine Prize shortlistee Arinze Ifeakandu, 2016 Nigerian Students Poetry Prize runner-up Chisom Okafor, 2017 Writivism longlistee and fiction editor at Praxis John “Lighthouse” Oyewale, the visual artist Osinachi, and Michael E. Umoh who designed the lovely coverThis returning cast of writers are joined by the 2017 Brunel Poetry Prize winner Romeo Oriogun, 2016 Short Story Day Africa Prize runner-up TJ Benson, Praxis co-founder Jennifer Emelife, Gbolahan Badmus, Abdulrahim Hussani, and many other talented writers.

One of the kindest gifts a critic could ever give is situating a piece of work within or in relation to existing traditions. It’s a helpful way to determine the significance of a piece of work. In his introduction to Work Naija, Caine Prize winning playwright Rotimi Babatunde makes the case that the anthology’s preoccupation with the question of work places it within a long history of literary and political concerns around the intersection of art and work. In so doing, he situates the work in a genealogy of writings that span medieval Europe and Amos Tutuola’s writing. It’s a beautiful essay and serves as the perfect frame for a collection of work committed to exploring the intersection between life, fiction, and work as it pertains to Nigeria.

Kudos to the series editor, Obi-Young, for doing such a brilliant job here. He has a good eye for generative ideas and knows how to make fellow writers and artists care about an idea well enough to produce their best work.

Brittle Paper is beyond proud to provide a home for this anthology. It is truly a delightful collection, and we hope you download, read, and share with your friends and family.

DOWNLOAD: WORK NAIJA – THE BOOK OF VOCATIONS

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.

2 Responses to “Work Naija: The Book of Vocations | Powerful Mixed-Genre Anthology Explores the Idea of Work” Subscribe

  1. Kasanda Malemba 2017/07/01 at 23:54 #

    So wonderful! can’t wait to read it. I am already delighted.

Trackbacks/Pingbacks

  1. Review of Art Naija Second Outing, Work Naija: A Book of Vocations |Praxis Magazine for Arts & Literature - 2017/08/01

    […] Work Naija: A Book of Vocations, Rotimi Babatunde pours old wine into a new wineskin with his Introduction so that the reader will […]

Leave a Reply

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.

Monthly Newsletter!

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

Archives

Brittle Paper Poet, Ademola Enoch, Wins Goal.com’s Essay Contest

IMG_20170803_161124

Early September, we announced the football essay contest organised by Goal.com Nigeria. We are elated to announce now that the […]

The Brittle Paper Award for Creative Nonfiction/Memoir: Meet the Nominees

Brittle-Paper-Literary-Awards-e1503472980640

To mark our seventh anniversary on August 1, 2017, we announced the inaugural Brittle Paper Literary Awards, to recognize the finest, original pieces of […]

PHOTOS | Book Launch of Dr. Kehinde A. Ayoola’s Awaken! A Compilation of Scriptures

kehinde ayoola awakening

On Sunday, September 17th, US-based Nigerian author Dr. Kehinde Ayoola celebrated the publication of her new book with friends, family, […]

Chike Frankie Edozien’s Lives of Great Men | Inside Nigeria’s First Memoir About LGBTQ Life

lives of great men copies

Chike Frankie Edozien, professor of journalism at New York University, has a remarkable book forthcoming. The memoir, titled Lives of […]

Africa39 Author and Caine Prize Winner Mary Watson’s New Novel Arrives in 2018

mary watson

Mary Watson, Africa39 author and winner of the 2008 Caine Prize, will have her third book released in February 2018. […]

Chimamanda Adichie Covers The New York Times Style Magazine’s “The Greats” Issue, Alongside Nicki Minaj and Amy Adams

chimamanda adichie 1 Carrie Mae Weems. Styled by Malina Joseph Gilchrist

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is one of the seven artists on seven covers of The New York Times Style Magazine T’s “The […]

Thanks for signing up!

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

No thanks, I only want the monthly newsletter.