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."


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: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Ainehi Edoro is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she teaches African literature. She received her doctorate at Duke University. She is the founder and editor of Brittle Paper and series editor of Ohio University Press’s Modern African Writer’s imprint.

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

  1. Kasanda Malemba July 1, 2017 at 11:54 pm #

    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 - August 1, 2017

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

  2. No 4. Marina Street | Romeo Oriogun | Poetry – The Okenyodo - January 17, 2019

    […] Oriogun’s “No 4. Marina Street” first appeared in the Art Naija Series anthology,Work Naija: The Book of Vocations, edited by Otosirieze Obi-Young and introduced by Rotimi […]

Leave a Reply

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

For Working Class Writers & Refugees, Sulaiman Addonia Is Giving Out 40 Free Tickets to the Asmara Addis Festival

Asmara Addis Literray Festival in Exile (13)

When writing is described as an elitist profession, critics mean that opportunities in the field are determined by access, which […]

Modern Sudanese Poetry | New Anthology Spans Six Decades of Sudanese History & Cultural Intersections

Modern Sudanese Poetry - graph

Modern Sudanese Poetry: An Anthology, translated and edited by the Sudanese poet Adil Babikir, was published in paperback in September […]

Chuma Nwokolo Wins Lawsuit Against High Definition Film Studio, Shares More Stories of Plagiarism of His Work

chuma nwokolo by Yusuf Dahir

In November 2019, the Nigerian author Chuma Nwokolo called out Nollywood filmmaker Bright Wonder Obasi for using sections of his […]

Apply to the African Writers Trust Publishing Fellowship Programme

African writers trust

African Writers Trust (AWT) is a non-profit collective that seeks to promote the sharing of skills and resources, and to […]

Dr Stella Nyanzi Receives Oxfam Novib/PEN International Award for Freedom of Expression

stella nyanzi - graph - kampala dispatch

The Ugandan academic and gender and queer rights advocate Dr Stella Nyanzi has been awarded the 2020 Oxfam Novib/PEN International […]

The 2000s-10s Generation of Nigerian Writers Has Failed Politically | Michael Chiedoziem Chukwudera

nigeria map graph

1. At the Ake Arts and Books Festival in Lagos last October, the novelist Helon Habila said something about identifying […]

Thanks for signing up!

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

No thanks, I only want the monthly newsletter.