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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.


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.


Nonso Anyanwu

Abuja, December 2017.


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

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Otosirieze Nnaemekaram is a writer, an 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 for which he was shortlisted ("You Sing of a Longing," 2017). His work has further been shortlisted for the Miles Morland Writing Scholarship in 2016 and a Pushcart Prize in 2015. He attended the 2018 Miles Morland Foundation Creative Writing Workshop facilitated by Giles Foden. 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 cities in Nigeria. The second, WORK NAIJA: THE BOOK OF VOCATIONS (June, 2017), focuses on professions in Nigeria. He studied History and Literature at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, is currently completing a postgraduate programme in African Studies and Pop Culture, and teaches English at Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu. He has completed a collection of short stories and is working on a 600-page novel. 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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