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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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Otosirieze Nnaemekaram is a writer, an academic, and Deputy Editor of Brittle Paper. His fiction has appeared in The Threepenny Review ("Mulumba," 2016), Transition ("A Tenderer Blessing," 2015), and in an anthology of the Gerald Kraak Award for which he was shortlisted ("You Sing of a Longing," 2017). His work has further been shortlisted for the Miles Morland Writing Scholarship in 2016 and a Pushcart Prize in 2015. He attended the 2018 Miles Morland Foundation Creative Writing Workshop facilitated by Giles Foden. 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 cities in Nigeria. The second, WORK NAIJA: THE BOOK OF VOCATIONS (June, 2017), focuses on professions in Nigeria. He studied History and Literature at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, is currently completing a postgraduate programme in African Studies and Pop Culture, and teaches English at Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu. He has completed a collection of short stories and is working on a 600-page novel. When bored, he 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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