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Enigma of Decay

I started reading V. S. Naipaul’s Enigma of Arrival, hoping it would put me right to sleep. Bad idea. I couldn’t put the book down until my smarting, watery, itchy eyes told me to. They had had an entire night of Naipaul and were not going to budge. Enigma of Arrival is a bewitching book. It is […]

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Ruins

Naipaul‘s Enigma of Arrival left me thinking about ruins. Whether its a dilapidated house, a dead tree, or a burnt down motorcar on the side of the highway, ruins make me uneasy. Like a dried out human skull, ruins remind me of the death and decay that nothing in this world can escape. Ruins scream […]

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Before I Die…

Just before I die, I would like to say many things. This thing I am writing, whatever this is, does not have a beginning or end or middle. I plan to write until my final second and wherever I get to, so be it. The doctor has assured me that my laptop battery will always be […]

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Spectacular Suffering

I like reading something unusual and quick before I roll out of bed in the morning or before I turn in for the night, mentally exhausted from finishing a novel or struggling with a philosophical text. Book snacking of some sort. I can’t quite say why, a few nights ago, I picked up the bible and […]

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Foodie Photographer

Ainehi asked me to write a little blurb for the re-launch of her blog. So I thought I would try and come up with something fun about my self, my cooking, and photography. Finding Photography: My journey to things I love doing started in the crazy weight loss inducing days of grad school. Seriously, if […]

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Sugar — The Darkish Side

  Today, we’re talking about sugar. But what’s the connection here? What does sugar have to do with novels? Well, novels are helpful little things because they give us models for thinking about things in life. Maybe that’s why even though I have all things sweet on my mind, I can’t help thinking about crazy […]

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A Dragon Morning

Woke up this morning and the first thing that met my eyes was the cold pot of tea from the night before. I was left with this funny feeling that the day would not turn out the way I hoped. Outside was hazy, with a tint of lavender, the last moments of dawn.  There were […]

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Apuleius and Baudelaire

 Thelyphron The dead man’s chest began to swell, his life-giving veins began to throb, and his body filled with breath.Then the corpse sat up, and the young man spoke. “Why, I implore you, now that I have drunk of the cups of Lethe and am swimming in the marshy water of the Styx, why do […]

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What Will Post-pandemic Fiction Look Like?

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Inevitably, every major global event affects the cultural production coming after it. So what will literature produced after and about […]

Memento, New Anthology Edited by Adedayo Agarau, Collects Notable Voices in Contemporary Nigerian Poetry 

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The American publisher Animal Heart Press has released an anthology of Nigerian poetry. Titled Memento: An Anthology of Contemporary Nigerian […]

Join Down River Road Magazine’s Virtual Book Club, Currently Reading Gabriel Garcia Marquez | #drrbookclub

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down river road, the new Nairobi-based magazine exploring the alternative in literature, music, and visual art, has launched an online […]

The 8 Writers & Journalists on OkayAfrica’s 100 Women List 2020

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OkayAfrica has released its 2020 “100 Women” list celebrating “extraordinary women from Africa and the diaspora making waves across a […]

Submit to WriteNow Magazine 3rd Edition on the Theme of Quarantine

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WriteNow is a creative writing NGO that was founded in 2017 by Nigerian writer and poet Kehinde Badiru. In partnership […]

Highlights from the Afrolit Sans Frontières Virtual Literary Festival

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In this interminable era of social distancing, social media has emerged not only as a network for writers and creators […]

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