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Nwa m nọ Amerịka (A Mother’s Prayer for Her American son)

In the second part of the British Council Literature sponsored International Digital Collaboration Project involving Obinna Udenwe and Peter Kalu, Nigerian short story writer and poet, Iquo DianaAbasi pens a thought-provoking poem against the background of police brutality and racial killings in the United States. Nwa m nọ n’ Amerika, May you not fall victim; Shot in your grandma’s backyard, Your phone mistaken for a gun. May no obituary bear your name, After an officer feared for her life…

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Breathing

A poem by the British novelist and playwright, Peter Kalu for the British Council International Digital Collaboration Project in partnership with the Nigerian author and short story writer, Obinna Udenwe Please don’t come sliding onto my bench whispering nirvana is a construct and you’re here for us to do the construction  play by play to reach high, because That don’t fly for me, I need somebody grounded. There are journeys we have to go on and it won’t be…

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Letter to Peter Kalu – endSARS/BLM

On the 6th of February 2021, British novelist and playwright, Peter Kalu wrote our founding editor, Obinna Udenwe an engaging letter on the Black Lives Mater/End SARS protests that rocked both the UK and Nigeria in unimaginable ways. His response to Pete on the 7th of February 2021 has been published below. You can read Peter’s letter here. Letter from Abakaliki, Nigeria: End SARS Protest Hi Pete, I am delighted and pleased to receive your letter, more so, because…

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Snow by Dermot O’ Sullivan

Vultures skulked overhead. Their sharp skulls bludgeoned back into their hunched shoulders, black eyes flickering greedily over the poolside terrace, watching Francisco’s daughter as she stumbled from bust-in deckchair to mould-ridden bench and back, carrying with her – with intense concentration – the plastic spoons and forks and mugs that Francisco had taken from the kitchen earlier that day for the visit, not wishing to risk that someone may be using them by the time little Luciana would arrive….

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Colours of Hatred – Excerpt

The Village Square Journal presents an excerpt from Obinna Udenwe’s second book, “Colours of Hatred”. Colours of Hatred, published by Parresia Books, is set partly in Sudan and largely in Nigeria, and follows the life of a young woman, Leona whose family escapes assassination in Sudan during the Sudanese civil war, only to face greater challenges in Nigeria, which forces her to commit a sin that haunts her till her dying day. There are some things a human ear…

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Amamihe: Owning and Controlling Our Own Narrative

On the 1st of November 2019, at the Enugu Sports Club, the Centre for Memories — an organisation working to serve as the repository of the history and culture of Ndigbo — hosted Chika Unigwe, Nigeria’s multiple award winning author of On Black Sisters’ Street and a Professor at Brown University in the United States, for their monthly distinguished speaker series, Nkata Umuibe. Chika gave a resounding speech on the need for Igbos around the world to unite and…

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The Growth of a Language is Measured by Number of New Speakers that Use it – Conversation with Yvonne Mbanefo

            Born in London, England and raised in Enugu, Nigeria, Yvonne Chioma Mbanefo is a co-convener of The Igbo Conference hosted by School of African Studies (SOAS), University of London — a festival that attracts hundreds of language enthusiasts, writers, artists, and entrepreneurs annually.  In 2014 and 2015, Yvonne won the Igbotic person of the year Award by ICSN for her contributions to Igbo language. Her first book, An illustrated Igbo Dictionary for Children,…

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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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