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There’s a new digital pop culture magazine coming to town and it is currently seeking submissions. It’s called The Afro Vibe and is owned by Expound magazine editor Wale Owoade whose beautiful poetry we’ve published. It will be launched in 12 African cities in August 2017.

In an email to Brittle Paper, Owoade stated that The Afro Vibe will be offering “content on travel, arts, books, history, music, film and TV, humour, fashion, food, and health”—“opinion essays, articles, travelogues, interviews, and listicles on Africa, her cities, people, culture and lifestyle.”

Here is another fun part. While it would come “with a global community of writers and contributors,” The Afro Vibe “looks forward to paying contributors and employing commissioned writers for short and long periods.”

Here are the submission guidelines.

  1. Essays and articles should be between 300 and 3,000 words.
  2. Submissions should be sent as an attachment to theafrovibe@gmail.com.
  3. The Afro Vibe is interested in original and unpublished pieces.
  4. Please include a short biography in your submission.
  5. The Afro Vibe replies submissions within two days!

Going by what Owoade and his team have accomplished at Expound, rest assured that this new project will be a trailblazer in its own way.

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NOTE: Brittle Paper has no stake in this project. Further enquiries should be directed to the magazine’s email: theafrovibe@gmail.com.

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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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