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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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Otosirieze Obi-Young was born in Aba, Nigeria, and attended the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. A finalist for the 2016 Miles Morland Writing Scholarship, his short stories include: “A Tenderer Blessing,” which appears in Transition Magazine and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2015; “Mulumba,” which appears in The Threepenny Review; and “You Sing of a Longing,” which was shortlisted for the inaugural Gerald Kraak Award and appears in Pride and Prejudice, an anthology by The Jacana Literary Foundation and The Other Foundation. His essays appear in Interdisciplinary Academic Essays and in Brittle Paper where he is Deputy Editor. His interviews appear in Africa in Dialogue, Bakwa Magazine, 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. A postgraduate student of African Studies, he currently teaches English at Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu, Nigeria. When bored, he blogs pop culture at naijakulture.blogspot.com or 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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