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ADULTING (2018).

Nigerian writer Osinachi is creating remarkable visual art on Instagram. His pieces draw inspiration from, and offer interpretations of, literature, music, and daily living. One is a cross-gender-sexual reading of Chinelo Okparanta’s Under the Udala Trees. Another depicts Ikemefuna’s murder in Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart. All are rendered colorfully.

Most artists use special art applications, but not Osinachi. He creates his art using Microsoft Word—the Microsoft Word we all use to write. Some of his pieces appear in the Art Naija Series anthologies—Enter Naija: The Book of Places (2016) and Work Naija: The Book of Vocations (2017)—as well as in 14’s anthologies—We Are Flowers (2017) and The Inward Gaze (2018), the last of which had its cover designed by him.

Osinachi.

Starting out professionally as Prince Jacon, his first and second names, he switched to his Igbo name, Osinachi—a tribute to his roots, which he references in some of his work. At the moment, he is an academic librarian.

Enjoy the pieces below.

THEY SAY I’M A HOE! III (2018).

 

SOLITARY (Osinachi, 2015).

 

GRUMI PLAYER (2015).

 

NEON SOUL (Osinachi, 2015).

 

JACKETS OF RIBS (2016).

 

MY FATHER, THEY HAVE KILLED ME! (2017).

 

ACTUALITIES (2017).

 

AUGUST MEETING III (2017).

 

LIGHTHOUSE (2018).

 

RED DOOR (2017).

Find more of Osinachi’s visual art on his Instagram: @__osinachi

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Otosirieze is deputy editor of Brittle Paper. He is a judge for the 2018/19 Gerald Kraak Prize. 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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