Garden of Empire

By Moses Serubiri—

Gardens blossom in the making of empire, even in dry and arid territory; an obsession with land coupled with its fertility formed empire in the classical period; empire is a garden; a garden symbolizes production; money trees …

Writivism Stories 2015: Justice

By Adeola Opeyemi Salau—

Of all the days to die, you die on a Saturday morning with the grime of Friday night clubbing clung to your skin.…

Writivism Stories 2015: Lagos Doesn’t Care


Rashidat had just completed her secondary school education and was waiting on life to give her new directions. She’d been hanging around Seun since the day he moved into the neighbourhood. Her breasts were big and her …

Writivism Stories 2015: Curd


Just before Sunday feast the cheese maker hovers over the pasteurizer, checking on the last batch of curd. He dips a thermometer into the vat and reads it, bowing his head with the same reverence he displayed …

Writivism 2015 Stories: Overcome


I knew I was in trouble when the red rivers of my body did not flow for several months. My menstrual cycle had always been unusual, but it had never evaded me for more than a month …

Writivism 2015 Stories: Juliet


The big toe on your left leg hurts. It throbs with a pain so violent that you walk with a limp. Your right leg steps harder than usual. Your left drags lightly above ground.

James, your friend, …

Saraba Talk: A Celebration of Our Latest Publications

Poster Saraba Talk


Ikoyi, Lagos, 6th June — Saraba Literary Trust launches its latest publications at the Zaccheus Onumba Dibiaezue Memorial Libraries (ZODML) at 19B Awolowo Road. The event runs from 3-5pm and will feature readings and photographs. Victor Ehikhamenor and Jumoke …

Call for Submissions Issue 18: The Crime Issue

Saraba welcomes submissions for its eighteenth issue on the theme of “Crime”.

Crime is part of everyday life, affecting us viscerally, contributing to the dynamic of our relations. The fear of theft, of assault, builds up walls we often do …

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