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The audience at Saraba‘s issue launch.

At the 2017 Ake Arts and Book Festival, Saraba magazine launched its first print issue. Themed Transitions, the issue features short fiction, reportage, travel writing, poetry, and photography. Its cover art is by Ojima Abalaka, whose artwork has appeared in The New York Times.

Among the contributors are: 2014 Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets winner Ladan Osman; 2016 Brunel Prize winner Gbenga Adesina; 2017 Brittle Paper Award for Fiction finalist TJ Benson; 2017 Brittle Paper Award for Essays/Think Pieces finalist Kola Tubosun; and the Baileys Prize-shortlisted author of Stay with Me, Ayobami Adebayo.

Saraba was founded in 2009 by Dami Ajayi, author of the poetry collection A Woman’s Body Is a Country, and its editor Emmanuel Iduma, author of the novel The Sound of Things to Come and, recently, winner of an Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant. At the launch, they talked about how they came to found the magazine, after which some of the contributors read from their works.

Enjoy the photos.

Copies of “Transitions,” Saraba’s first print issue.

L-R: Dami Ajayi and Emmanuel Iduma, co-founders of Saraba.

 

 

Photo Credit: Ake Festival Media Team.

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About Otosirieze Obi-Young

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Otosirieze Obi-Young is a writer, 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 (“You Sing of a Longing,” 2017), for which he was shortlisted. His work has further been shortlisted for the Miles Morland Writing Scholarship in 2016 and a Pushcart Prize in 2015. His conversations appear in Africa in Dialogue, Bakwa, 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. Born in Aba, he combined history and literature at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, is currently completing a postgraduate programme in African Studies, and teaches English at Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu. 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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