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  Ovo Adagha
  K. King-Aribisala
  Talal H.An’nayer
  Chris. Anyokwu
  Zino Asalor
  Jackee B. Batanda
  M.A. Bowley
  Brian Chikwava
  M. Gomo
  Ivor W. Hartmann
  Tracy Kidder
  Fungai Machirori
  J.K.S. Makokha
  Andie Miller
  Mandy Mitchell
  Dango Mkandawire
  Ngugi wa Thiong'o
  Obi Nwakanma
  Chuma Nwokolo
  Chris Okigbo
  Michael Onile-Ere
  Nii Ayikwei Parkes
  S. D. Partington
  A, Quarcoopome
  Ato Quayson
  Bryony Rheam
  Hans Schippers
  Emmanuel Sigauke
  Vamba Sherif
  Danielle T. Smith
  Peter W. Vakunta
  Victor Ehikhamenor





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with Vamba Sherif

Vamba Sherif arrives home in Kolahun

I was returning home after 20 years, and the man who was driving me there turned out to be an ex-rebel. The last time I saw Kolahun, my birthplace in Liberia, was in 1990 ...

Zino Asalor
Zino Asalor

I give you a look
You smile, rising

You smile at me
I rise, dreaming
Only of lying down
Jackee Batanda

Jackee Batanda

‘Will you like to talk about this?’
You nod and the words come gushing out. She takes notes. She recommends that you need to take the day off. It is a Friday.

Cover Interview
Obi Nwakanma evokes
Chris Okigbo in a new Biography

Chris Okigbo

told me the loveliest story
of Okigbo’s seduction of
her in the 1950s. She of
course swore me to silence.'

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AW No. 10
Welcome to 10



In the period since 9, the magazine has undergone some changes. With this issue, it appears simultaneously online as well as in a 110-page print edition. PDF copies can be bought and downloaded instantaneously through our website. (Our current subscribers can download this issue for free.) In the next issue, some further changes will come on track with the launch of an all-new website as well as a redesigned magazine. All in all, we are a paper in transition.

Which is why we are pleased to welcome Brian Chikwava, Lola Shoneyin and Chikwa Unigwe as our Fiction, Poetry and Non-Fiction Editors respectively. These writers and their work will be familar to our readers as well as to lovers of literature generally and we are privileged to have their counsel and experience on the team. We also welcome Vamba Sherif, Isabella Morris, Ovo Adagha and Zukiswa Wanner as Contributing Editors. In the coming weeks and issues, we will introduce more of our team and future visitors to our Blog Centre may well notice a new spirit as exciting new writers debut their blogs.

We are also pleased to announce a new partnership with Manchester University for the delivery of a creative writing project with two collaborating African universities, the Benue State University in Makurdi and the Taraba State University in Jalingo, both in Nigeria. The project is core-funded by the UK Government through their PMI2, British Council managed Initiative, with additional funding by Manchester University and African Writing. It will midwife a new educational section of the website with resources for creative writers. Do keep an eye on this space.

From this issue, we debut 'The Academy', a peer-reviewed segment of the magazine. We welcome Drs Firoze Manji of Fahamu, Conrad James of Birmingham University, Geoff Ryman of Manchester University, and Pius Adesamni of Carleton University to our growing editorial board, as well as David Mastey of Carleton University as The Academy's Peer Review Editor.


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