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A new magazine described as a journal of literary and political criticism has just been founded by a few enthusiasts who believe strongly that there is obviously need to have more platforms promoting works of arts from diverse voices the world over.

The Village Square Journal was founded by three Nigerians: Obinna Udenwe, the author of Satans & Shaitans, Osemome Ndebbio, a writer and educator who designs needs-based learning and training programmes for individuals and organisations, and Amara Chimeka, a professional editor who also creates literacy enhancement resources and facilitates reading programmes for schools. Also included in their editorial team are Ngum Ngafor, a Cameroonian freelance writer, Marketing Executive and founder of Africally Speaking, and Noma Sibanda, a Zimbabwean writer and an entrepreneur living in Canada. The aim of the journal, they say, is to foster diverse voices and to serve as a compendium of contemporary world literature and art.

Here is the About Us information shared by the founders of The Village Square Journal.

The village square is one of the most important venues in Africa. At daytime, it serves as a marketplace on market days, or the centre where meetings are held and fates decided. At night, it comes alive as a hub where the line between play and artistic display is blurred, and a compendium of sorts for culture preservation.

The Village Square Journal is a literary magazine that intends to live up to its name by being the fulcrum of the promotion and appreciation of all forms of visual arts & photography, contemporary literature and an abode for a variety of literary genres as well as other forms of written arts.

We accept and publish high level essays on political situations around the world, religion and its interaction with the wider society, cultural and traditional experiences, as well as cut-edge fiction and creative-nonfiction that addresses personal experiences, travel and more. We also accept and publish poetry that engineers critical thinking, and interviews, as well as book reviews.

The Village Square Journal will go live by mid-February and they can only open for submissions by then to essays on politics, religion, economics and more. While they would not publish news stories, they will publish opinion pieces on current affairs and issues happening around the world. They will also accept and publish cutting-edge fiction, poetry, interviews, creative nonfiction and book reviews.

Currently, to query them about an idea, a submission or about working as a staff writer or contributor, email them at thevillagesquarejournal@gmail.com.

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Ainehi Edoro is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she teaches African literature. She received her doctorate at Duke University. She is the founder and editor of Brittle Paper and series editor of Ohio University Press’s Modern African Writer’s imprint.

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