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New pop culture Website WokeAfrica.com is seeking more contributors. Woke Africa was founded in December 2017, and despite being focused on pop culture and politics, the magazine has quickly gained some notability in literary circles. Early this year, it published an essay, “The Decline of the Caine Prize,” that is, as its title suggests, sharply critical. Then it followed it up with a list of the “21 Best African Writers of the New Generation,” which is the first of its kind, which includes such talents as Arinze Ifeakandu, Sibongile Fisher, Megan Ross, Troy Onyango, Kelechi Njoku, Barbara Mhangami-Ruwende, and Efemia Chela, among others.

In an email to Brittle Paper, the site’s editors state:

Wokeafrica.com is an initiative that looks out for and produces shareable content that presents African and Black pop culture differently. The platform celebrates budding African curators by encouraging conversations about their works in ways that empower people to stand up for themselves, defend their creative styles, and soar with their creativity. This is to acknowledge the differences in our common humanity, while using those differences to foster equal rights and inclusion in all spheres of life.

This call is an invitation to be part of the expansion of Woke Africa’s team of Contributors. If you’re interested in Pop Culture and can craft opinions, critique books, films, music and art works, we would like to hear from you. Feel free to write us (wokeafrica@gmail.com) and we can take the talks from there.

About Otosirieze Obi-Young

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Otosirieze Obi-Young is a writer, journalist, & Deputy Editor of Brittle Paper. The recipient of the inaugural The Future Awards Prize for Literature in 2019, he is a judge for The Gerald Kraak Prize and was a judge for The Morland Writing Scholarship in 2019. He is Nonfiction 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 Curator at 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 work in queer equality advocacy in literature has been profiled in Literary Hub. 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 has an M.A. in African Studies and a combined honours B.A. in History & International Studies/English & Literary Studies, both from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He taught English in a private Nigerian university. 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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