Our deference to paper, if that is what our first print issue suggests, comes from an early impulse: to treat the magazine as an aesthetic object, so the reader dives into something of beauty—a lingering touch, a returned gaze, a …
Esther Tabki arrived early in the evening, nine minutes after 8 o’clock, and was surprised to find the metal gate to the house locked. To check the address written on the back of a business card, she searched her handbag …
you will find the best spaces
for this conversation in our dreams – there, you’re tied to nothing and
your tongue can tap the roof of your mouth in digital motion – up/down, on/off – there’s
no transition point to …
you must be master of the mists.
the closer I look at you
the more you wrap yourself in fog.
you’re a mystery, man, woman, or which one are you?
you appear as if you don’t appear.
when you come, …
That was how I made
a song dropped
from a microphone
into your vault
and it echoed as moans
We wove the song
with our dark and
with my lightning
It is possible that…
I arrive in the city of Uyo for my Youth Service. The scarcity of traffic jams here compared to the car-choked roads in Lagos is not the only excitement I feel. The abundance of voluptuous women gives me further impression …
Image Credit: Serubiri Moses, from the Africa Issue (c) 2013
Open your eyes to see the invisible lines
Which you have drawn like lines of latitude
Or longitude across this spinning ball
Open your eyes to see
The well …
Credit: Serubiri Moses, from the Africa Issue (c) 2013
Tequila induced dreams always go the same way. Three shots, two shots, one shot, wait for my brain to get warmed and let the heat spread below till my fingers …
Credit: “Malouma” by Isabel Fiadeiro, from the Solitude Issue.
1. Tatsuniya (Storytelling)
(Modern Day Northern Nigeria)
Habi hurries to finish her chores to join the circle of children already pestering Grandmother for a story. …
In my third year in University of Ibadan, Rancho and his band of merry brothers in 3 Idiots were the patron saints of all pretentious students, which was about ninety-five percent of the faculty of technology, and seventy percent of …