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The Older Generation of African Literary Scholars and their Obnoxious Idea of African Literary Tradition

    In this essay, our Founding Editor, Obinna Udenwe critically analyzes his understanding of the term, African literary tradition, and takes on the older generation of African literary scholars who denigrate contemporary authors and their works   What is African literary tradition? This question was posed to a panel of distinguished academics at a 2018 joint conference organised by the Association of Nigerian Authors in conjunction with the Alex Ekwueme-Federal University Ndufu Alike Ikwo in Ebonyi State on…

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A Weave of Reality, Fantasy and Magic in A Gecko’s Farewell – a Review

Title:                      A Gecko’s Farewell Author:                  Maik Nwosu Length:                  256 pages Genre:                   Fiction, Speculative Fiction, African Literature. Publisher/Year:     Parresia Publishers Ltd/2016  Rating:                  4.8/5 Reviewer: Obinna Udenwe   Writers who hope to make their mark must continually re-invent themselves and their craft. A great book must hold the reader captive with its narrative and descriptive powers – its plot must leave strong images in the reader’s mind, long after closing the book. These are…

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Summons to the Village Square No. 002

  a conversation with Karen Jennings on her story, Crooked Seeds   In Africa, the village square is where conversations are held and disputes settled. At The Village Square Journal it is our desire to model conversations around this idea. To summon authors we have published to discuss and dissect the ideas behind their work and writing process.   In Summons to the Village Square No. 002 Obinna Udenwe holds conversation with Karen Jennings, the South African author of…

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Book Feature: The Short Story is Dead, Long Live the Short Story

Publisher: Black Letter Media Ltd, South Africa Year: 2017 Genre: Anthology of Short Stories Number of pages: 151   The Short Story Is Dead, Long Live The Short Story! Volume 2 is an anthology of eleven stories featuring writers from South Africa, Nigeria and Kenya written in response to the call for submissions for a new annual story contest, The Short Story is Dead Prize founded and managed by Black Letter Media, a publishing house based in Johannesburg, South…

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Summons to the Village Square No. 001

          A conversation between Obinna Udenwe & Jayne Bauling on her story, Ancient Words   Every time I visit my village of Ogada Edda – a rice-rich settlement – in the State of Ebonyi, Nigeria, I would be woken most morning by the thundering sound of the village gong, only that it is not a gong but an old vehicle rim hanging on a tree branch at the centre of the village. Most times, I…

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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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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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