Arguably the most exciting African literary news of 2021 (so far).
The Borough Press, an imprint of HarperCollins, will be releasing a non-fiction anthology featuring the most acclaimed Nigerian authors writing today. Titled Of This Our Country: Acclaimed Nigerian Writers on the Home, Identity and Culture They Know, this 400-page anthology will include personal essays by Nigerian authors detailing their perceptions and reflections of Nigeria.
The anthology is edited by Nancy Adimora, founding editor of AFREADA and Talent and Audience Development Manager at HarperCollins, and Ore Agbaje-Williams, a fiction and non-fiction editor at HarperCollins.
Adimora announced the news of the forthcoming publication on Twitter, noting that the anthology also involves a partnership with a Nigerian publisher and a Nigerian cover designer.
The collection is all about Nigeria. Writers in conversation with the country they know. We’re partnering with a Nigerian publisher, we have a Nigerian cover designer on board, and we’re running a competition for unpublished Nigerian writers everywhere! https://t.co/wSKEcg2IIl
— Nancy Adimora (@NancAdimora) January 11, 2021
The writers featured in the anthology include Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Helon Habila, Lola Shoneyin, Chigozie Obioma, Sefi Atta, Ayọ̀bámi Adébáyọ̀, Abi Daré, Abubakar Adam Ibrahim, Chịkọdịlị Emelụmadụ, Okey Ndibe, Chika Unigwe, Ike Anya, Caleb Femi, Anietie Isong, Irenosen Okojie, Umar Turaki, Hafsa Zayyan, Nels Abbey, Yomi Adegoke, Bolu Babalola, Inua Ellams and JK Chukwu.
The anthology will also include an essay from an unpublished and un-agented writer of Nigerian heritage based anywhere in the world. In addition to being published in the anthology, the winner of the competition will receive £1,000. Find out how to enter the essay competition here.
The anthology will be available September 30, 2021. Pre-order the book here.
We can hardly wait!