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John Jennings (L) and Jordan Peele (R). Photo from Sara Bruya’s Facebook.

Just a week after discovering that Kobe Bryant loves Tomi Adeyemi’s Children of Blood and Bone, we have just found that Hollywood director Jordan Peele, known for the Oscar-nominated Get Out, is also a big fan of African writing.

In a photo shared on Facebook by Transition‘s former managing editor Sarah Bruya, Jordan Peele is seen holding a copy of Transition and Jalada’s collaboration issue, Fear, standing beside John Jennings, who designed the book cover.

Dubbed Jalada 05/Transition 123, Fear is Transition’s 123rd issue but Jalada’s 5th. The issue “represents this spirit [of fear] through an offering of stories, essays and poems that tackle the various shapes that fear and fearlessness take in our shared humanity.”

Image from Transition Magazine’s Twitter.

Here’s to more celebrities loving African literature.

Get your copy of Fear HERE.

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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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