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The Nigeria-based Agbowo Magazine, which “collect[s] great literary and visual African art,” has released its second issue, themed “Limits”: a visually stunning collection that features work by Brittle Paper Award for Poetry winner JK Anowe, Gerald Kraak Prize finalist Sarah Lubala, and Commonwealth Short Story Prize winner Efua Traore.

Other contributors include Erhu Kome Yellow, Jonathan Durunguma, Adé Sultan Sangodoyin, Fatima Okhuosami, Adedayo Agarau, Tolu Oloruntoba, Edaki Timothy, Jarred Thompson, Wesley Macheso, Ebuka Prince Okoroafor, Kemi Falodun, Michael Akuchie, Alex Nderitu, Ignatius Bambaiha, Sihle Ntuli, Aaishah Mayet, Ernest Ogunyemi, Kofi Antwi, Chrissie Chinebuah, Prudence Emudianughe, Dela Aniwa, Ohimor Oghenerume Yinkore, Eko Adetolani, Oyewole Bukunmi, Akhona Mbange, Penda Diakité, Damilola Onafuwa, and Oyebola Famuyiwa.

The Agbowo magazine team comprises: Moyosore Orimoloye as Editor-in-Chief; Habeeb Kolade as Co-founder and Technical Lead; Dolapo Amusat as Co-founder and Marketing Lead; Olu Afolabi as Poetry Editor; Darafunmi Olanrewaju, Winifred Binogun, and Oladunni Adenuga as Fiction Editors; Adekunle Adebajo as Essays/Nonfiction Editor; Oluseyi Owolabi as Visual Arts Editor; and Precious Ugorji as Publicity Manager.

In the Editor’s Note, Orimoloye writes:

Limits are the places where the miraculous occur. . . .

But the theme’s interpretation is not limited to metaphysical, psychological and geographic borders. Calling for submissions, we suggested other ways the theme could be interpreted – as an exploration of impediments, as a treatise on bodily autonomy and a call to stretch artistic imagination beyond what is currently available or acceptable. The writers and artists whose works appear within these pages responded with a thematic variety that confirmed to us the robustness of the selected theme. In Jarred Thompson’s Scabbing, limits are sexual. In Fatima Okhuosami’s Picturesque, they are religious.

Read the issue on Agbowo.org.

Brittle Paper congratulates Agbowo.

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Otosirieze is Deputy Editor of Brittle Paper. He is a judge for the 2018/19 Gerald Kraak Prize and the 2019 Miles Morland Writing Scholarships. 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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