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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 a writer, literary journalist, former academic, and Deputy Editor of Brittle Paper. A judge for the 2019 Gerald Kraak Award, he is an editor at 14, Nigeria’s first queer art collective which has published two volumes: WE ARE FLOWERS and THE INWARD GAZE. He is the curator of ART NAIJA SERIES, a sequence of themed e-anthologies of writing and visual art exploring different aspects of Nigerianness: ENTER NAIJA: THE BOOK OF PLACES (October, 2016) focuses on cities in Nigeria; WORK NAIJA: THE BOOK OF VOCATIONS (June, 2017) focuses on professions in Nigeria. His fiction has appeared in The Threepenny Review and Transition, and has been shortlisted for the Miles Morland Writing Scholarship and the Gerald Kraak Award, both in 2016, and a Pushcart Prize in 2015. He attended the 2018 Miles Morland Foundation Creative Writing Workshop. He has completed a collection of short stories, YOU SING OF A LONGING, and is working on a novel. He is represented by David Godwin Associates literary agency. He combined history and literature at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka and taught English at Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu. When bored, the boy just Googles Rihanna. Find him at otosirieze.com, where he accepts editing and writing offers, or on Instagram or Twitter: @otosirieze.

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