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Rotshang by Bizuum Yadok

A lie begets a lie, and even half-truths do not endure the test of time. Nonetheless, some lies are so cosy that you would never want to spare a quarter of an ear to entertain alternative versions of them. If love marries a lie, their union would produce anything but peace. But I had peace. I raised my head to take a swift break from the game I was playing on my Nokia 3310. According to Dr Jot’s jokes,…

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“Our hybridity is one of our biggest advantages.” Su’eddie Agema

  A book festival in Makurdi? In these days of Boko Haram and insecurity? Jeez! You’ve got guts. This is our first reaction, though it is almost immediately replaced by awe, when we see the Instagram post announcing the inaugural Benue Book and Arts Festival. However, like the toad that does not run in the daytime for nothing, we dare the odds and end up having a refreshing time, learning and unlearning from and with other literature and culture…

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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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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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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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