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Garvey and Me: An Account of Marcus Garvey’s ‘Messianic’ Mission to Awaken Black Consciousness By Stephen Thompson

                  “…until you’ve been beaten up and called every racist name under the sun by the very people who are supposedly there to protect you, until you’ve experienced firsthand what it’s like to live in a community where there are police cars and vans on practically every street corner and where young black males are several times more likely to be arrested and imprisoned than their white counterparts, then it’s hard…

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Art by Ibe Ekuma

Photography by Ibe Ekuma Artsist Statement “Painting is like a journey – I think I know where I am going but usually, I end up someplace else. That ‘someplace’ is worth the journey for surprises can indeed be the spice of life!” It is my feeling that art is a journey of interest. A representation of boldness and the desire to breakout of the mundane world. That’s why my art does not have a sophisticated agenda. Inspired by God’s…

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Scattered Longings by Richard Inya

  The sea over there is a mirror; take a look at yourself at the bottom of the sea.   You are strands of seaweeds posing for marauding lives. Oblivion is around the dying.   Your soul speaks to your spirit and the sound reaches Agadez. There is a thing about you in Tripoli but your body borders Italy   The Saharan sun fleeced your skin like a sheep sheared for wool. The sky bullied your longings, Yet you…

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Press Release – The Launch of The Village Square Journal

Hello World! We are pleased to welcome you to The Village Square Journal. A village square is more than just a venue, it is a catalyst of sorts for the arts, and all forms of its expression. The Village Square Journal seeks to be a hub where play and artistic display come together to thrill and thrive, as well a compendium of sorts for culture preservation. It looks forward to being a fulcrum of the promotion and appreciation of all…

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The Rise of Brittle Paper: The Village Square of African Literature By Obinna Udenwe

When I was a child, up to my teenage years, growing up close to the state university, we used to gather at a junction connecting all the streets in our neighbourhood to play all sorts of games – it was there that we made our bones, learnt how to build cars using old tyres and Coca-cola corks and how to run after older, posh university girls to sing funny songs for them. We thought we were in heaven until…

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The Revolution is a Woman by Toni Stuart

A collective poem compiled and written by Toni Stuart at the 4th African Feminist Forum, 10th – 12th April, 2016 in Harare, Zimbabwe. The poem uses words, phrases, ideas and thoughts shared by the women throughout the forum.   the revolution is a woman a black, queer, radical, Azania House-occupying, sjambok-wielding Tahir square-protesting raised fist   pumping, bashing, smashing, tearing down Patrick’s invisible walls   the revolution is a woman a hijab-wearing veil-discarding, veil-reclaiming church-going, silent-praying, God-denying voice  …

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Out of the Chamber of Death: Conversation with Patrice Nganang
Patrice Nganang, writer and human rights activist

Patrice Nganang is an award-winning writer and a thorn in the side of Cameroon’s 35-year-old government. Fresh out of jail, and something of an exile these days, the professor gives Ngum Ngafor a lecture on how his country must change. Hello Prof Nganang and thank you for agreeing to speak to The Village Square Journal. Our country has been in a political deadlock for almost two years now. Some argue that it is essentially a governance problem. What are…

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CONVERSATION: SQUARING UP TO THE TEMZ REVIEW

      Aaron Schneider & Amy Mitchell are founding editors of The Temz Review.  Living in London, Ontario, Canada, they have published great literary works including our founding editor, Obinna Udenwe’s story ‘All Good Things Come to an End.’ The Village Square’s editors Obinna Udenwe and Ngum Ngafor take notes from Amy & Aaron on how to run a cool lit space. The Village Square: Tell us, what motivated you to start The Temz Review? The Temz Review:…

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