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To mark World’s AIDS Day on 1 December 2017, Vanguard Literary Services, a company run by the Nigerian writer Nonso Anyanwu, has put together an anthology of short fiction and poetry: The Vanguard Book of HIV/AIDS and Sexual Awareness. The works by eight writers—Hussani Abdulrahime, Mobolaji Olawale, Shehu Abdus-Salam Aladodo, Ohia Ernest Chigaemezu, Brigitte Poirson, Gloria Ronoh, Synthia Yieseh Achoh, and Nsah Mala—center on dealing with AIDS and on hope. The cover is by the writer-visual artist Osinachi whose work appears in the Art Naija anthologies we published.

Nonso Anyanwu is also the editor of two anthologies published by us on the Valentine Days of both 2016 and 2017: Gossamer and Love Stories From Africa, respectively.

Here is the introduction by him.

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In this anthology are stories and poems that explore HIV/AIDS and sexual awareness. They are songs and meditations and prayers and cheers. They are therapies and testimonies. They are the confidence we have that despite the fight against HIV/AIDS, love is still possible.

Our future will be better than our past.

Cheers!

Nonso Anyanwu

Abuja, December 2017.

 

DOWNLOAD: The Vanguard Book of Sexual and HIV-AIDS Awareness

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About Otosirieze Obi-Young

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Otosirieze Obi-Young 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 attended the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, where he got an M.A. in African Studies and a combined honours B.A. in History & International Studies and English & Literary Studies. He 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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