Image sourced from Eloghosa Osunde’s Instagram @eloosunde.

Nigerian author Eloghosa Osunde has decided to launch personalized merch for the two-year anniversary of their debut novel Vagabonds!.

Vagabonds!, published in 2022, is set in Lagos and tells the story of a band of outcasts with supernatural powers. It was New York Times’ Critics Choice, a finalist for the Waterstones Debut Fiction Prize, and has been longlisted for the Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize, among other accolades.

Osunde shared over Instagram that a few months ago, they commissioned 20 original art pieces by the artist Mercy Thokozane Minah for Vagabonds! merch of all kinds. The merch includes a stunning range of tote bags, prints, tshirts, hoodies, postcards, and more:

This process unfurled over two incredible months, its execution amplifying the fabric of the storyworld one piece at a time. We had so much fun with it, and now as a result of this collab with @iamafreedom you can carry scenes with you in forms beyond the book. Think: totes, prints (metal, canvas, paper), tshirts, hoodies, phone cases, postcards, stickers, scarves, jigsaw puzzles, etc etc. If you can see it behind your eyes, it’s likely possible. Just ask.

Osunde remarked that they have wanted to do this for quite some time and is glad it’s finally here. To celebrate the two-year anniversary of Vagabonds!, Osunde also did a small Instagram giveaway for three readers in Nigeria to receive free totes.

The merch is now available for preorder. If you’ve ever wanted to carry the world of Vagabonds! on your shoulder or wear it on your chest or hang it in your home, go here.

Eloghosa Osunde is a Nigerian writer, multidisciplinary maker and world bender. They are an alumna of the Lambda Literary Workshop (2019), New York Film Academy (2017) and the Caine Prize Workshop (2018). They are a 2020 MacDowell Colony Fellow and the 2021 prose judge of Fugue Journal’s annual writing contest. Osunde is the author of Vagabonds!, published in 2022 by Riverhead Books (US), Fourth Estate(UK) and Farafina Books (NG).

Go here to preorder merch. The link is currently available for Nigeria and South Africa preorders. US, UK, and EU links will be updated shortly.

Congrats to Osunde on launching their own merch! Check out all the photos of the merch below.


All photos sourced from Eloghosa Osunde’s Instagram @eloosunde.