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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.


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.



SOLITARY (Osinachi, 2015).




NEON SOUL (Osinachi, 2015).












RED DOOR (2017).

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


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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