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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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OTOSIRIEZE is a writer, literary journalist, former academic, and Deputy Editor of Brittle Paper. A judge for the 2019 Gerald Kraak Award, he is an editor at 14, Nigeria’s first queer art collective which has published two volumes: WE ARE FLOWERS and THE INWARD GAZE. He is the curator of ART NAIJA SERIES, a sequence of themed e-anthologies of writing and visual art exploring different aspects of Nigerianness: ENTER NAIJA: THE BOOK OF PLACES (October, 2016) focuses on cities in Nigeria; WORK NAIJA: THE BOOK OF VOCATIONS (June, 2017) focuses on professions in Nigeria. His fiction has appeared in The Threepenny Review and Transition, and has been shortlisted for the Miles Morland Writing Scholarship and the Gerald Kraak Award, both in 2016, and a Pushcart Prize in 2015. He attended the 2018 Miles Morland Foundation Creative Writing Workshop. He has completed a collection of short stories, YOU SING OF A LONGING, and is working on a novel. He is represented by David Godwin Associates literary agency. He combined history and literature at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka and taught English at Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu. When bored, the boy just Googles Rihanna. Find him at otosirieze.com, where he accepts editing and writing offers, or on Instagram or Twitter: @otosirieze.

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