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.”
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!
Visit The Afro Vibe