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In June, we announced a call for submissions by The Afro Vibe, the newest African pop culture magazine. Launched on 18 August 2017, The Afro Vibe is owned by Expound magazine editor, Wale Owoade, whose beautiful poetry is currently shortlisted for the inaugural Brittle Paper Literary Awards.

In an email to Brittle Paper, Owoade had 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.” The magazine would come “with a global community of writers and contributors,” and “looks forward to paying contributors and employing commissioned writers for short and long periods.”

Wale Owoade, founder of The Afro Vibe and the literary magazine Expound.

The 12-day-old The Afro Vibe is quickly gaining social media steam: it has 7,800+ likes on Facebook and 4,700+ followers on Twitter. This is unsurprising given its interesting content on a range of subjects. Food: the origins of jollof rice, a history of pounded yam. Film: analyses of The Royal Hibiscus Hotel and Hakkunde. Music: D’banj’s new King Don Come album, Utuk Ubong’s jazz, Falz’s “Something Light,” Yemi Alade’s single “Knack Am,” Yela’s “Fickle.” Places: the confusion of Lagos’ Ojuelegba area. Art: the work of Williams Chechet. Literature: reviews of Yaa Gyasi’s Homegoing and Sam Omatseye’s Crocodile Girl, the GoPoethic Festival in Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria. One of the magazine’s first pieces, by Obinna Udenwe, author of Holy Sex, is an attentive chronicle of the journey of Brittle Paper into major relevance on the African literary scene.

Congratulations to Wale Owoade and his team!

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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 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 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.

One Response to “New Pop Culture Magazine, The Afro Vibe, Launched” Subscribe

  1. Simeon Mpamugoh 2017/09/05 at 08:05 #

    Congratulations!

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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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