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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 deputy editor of Brittle Paper. He is a judge for the 2018/19 Gerald Kraak Prize and the 2019 Miles Morland Writing Scholarships. He is an editor at 14, Nigeria’s first queer art collective, which has published volumes including We Are Flowers (2017) and The Inward Gaze (2018). He is the curator of the Art Naija Series, a sequence of e-anthologies of writing and visual art focusing on different aspects of Nigerianness, including Enter Naija: The Book of Places (2016), which explores cities, and Work Naija: The Book of Vocations (2017), which explores professions. His fiction has appeared in The Threepenny Review and Transition. He has completed a collection of short stories, You Sing of a Longing, is working on a novel, and is represented by David Godwin Associates literary agency. He combined English and History at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, is completing a postgraduate degree in African Studies, and taught English at Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu. Find him at otosirieze.com, where he accepts writing and editing offers, or on Instagram or Twitter: @otosirieze. When bored, he Googles Rihanna.

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