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Chetachi Igbokwe: What it Means to Attend Chimamanda Adichie’s Writing Workshop

Chetachi Igbokwe is a final year student of English and Literary Studies at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He is the current editor of the University of Nigeria’s student journal, The Muse, a journal of creative and critical writing, founded by Chinua Achebe in 1963. He is a 2019 alumnus of the Purple Hibiscus Creative Writing Workshop, facilitated by the Nigerian writer, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

What was it like having to be taught by the amazing Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie? Was it your first time of applying? 

CHETACHI IGBOKWE: Thanks to Black Boy Review for affording me this platform. I respect Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and being taught by her was a great deal for me. Having read everything she has published thus far, starting from her first novel, Purple Hibiscus, which was a tour de force, it is evident that every generation must feel blessed to be graced with a writer like her. Originally, I knew about the workshop from close friends. I also knew how very competitive it was but I…

Art in the Time of Corona Virus : A new Chapbook Out Now

Praxis Magazine Online has just presented a new digital chapbook of essays, Through the Eye of a Needle: Art in the Time of Coronavirus, edited by Darlington Chibueze Anuonye: “Through the Eye of a Needle is born out of a gentle but fearless attention to the sudden changes overtaking the world before our eyes. It subsumes the testimonies of various artists caught, but not trapped, in the fearsome web of the pandemic. Although these artists, like the rest of us, partake in the anxiety of our age, they do not lament so inconsolably about their private loss. They rather transcend their own misfortune in their humane attempt to comfort the grieving world, ultimately establishing kinship with the dead and the dying, proving, especially in this time of physical lockdown, that the warmth art offers can dispel loneliness and chase away fear.” Please see link here for full story :

Stories and Poems on the Pandemic

Understanding current realities regarding the pandemic, we are calling on writers and other creatives to submit short stories, poetry and non-fiction not more than 500 words to us.
The submission should primary focus on the themes of lockdown, pandemic, and anxiety towards COVID-19.

The best of them shall be selected and published under one section titled “PANDEMIC VOICES”.

Kindly see flier attachment for details.

NewBookAlert: How Morning Remembers the Night

How Morning Remembers the Night captures the poet’s journey on the streets of memory. He voyages into houses filled with grief and those filled with polithievians — a word coined for corrupt politicians—like an expert navigator. This collection of poetry leaves the reader enthralled by how the poet paints images with words, spellbinding his readers. 
The poet also weaves emotive lines for lovers to savour as he takes the reader on a trip full of heartbreaks and near-misses in his recollections. In the last poem, he fittingly ends the book with “May rose flowers bloom on the road that crossed our paths”; a tribute to a love so close, so real, but now a memory. This is a fascinating collection broken into parts but all connected to a general theme — personal and collective grief.

Ifesinachi Nwadike is a rapper, essayist, poet and playwright whose works have appeared in Ake Review, ANA Review, The Sun Review, Praxis Magazine, Ngiga  Review, Black Boy Review, African Writer and a host of o…

Writers against the Bullying of Otosirieze Obi-Young and the Obfuscation of Truth

In light of recent tweets and threads going around about the former Deputy Editor of Brittle Paper and the resistance to what many consider an unfortunate muzzling of truth, we, his colleagues and friends, would like to make a few things clear:
We have worked with Otosirieze Obi-Young for years, have disagreed with him on many occasions, and never have we felt disrespected or stifled by him.
We know and have often celebrated his firm commitment to diversifying the literary scene, giving young writers visibility, his efforts to make sure that prizes think of more writers than the already-known, especially those writers living on the continent; his push for the establishment of the Brittle Paper Awards is one example of concrete ways in which this commitment has been put to work. On Facebook, we have seen him talk passionately and with deep knowledge about the state of African writing and what needs to be done to enhance it, and thi…

#OPINION: Brittle Paper & Otosirieze: My 10 Kobo; by Ifesinachi Nwadike

Brethren, consider this an inefficient blow thrown by a passerby in a raging fight that does not concern him, because it somehow concerns him.

We all know what this fight is all about. The mistake we are making is that this fight is not about the Brittleness of a Paper. It is about the inability to look a viper in the face and command it to stop biting because it has bitten people on your behalf before.

See, it is dangerous to allow Arts to have political investors. That is what is happening. If any of you have read ElNathan's intervention earlier you'd understand the stinking hypocrisy we carry about as writers of a nation's conscience.

A politician's ill mannered son throws a shade on a woman, on an entire race. His mother, a feminist, a writer, a first lady and Chairman of Girl Child Right Commission in Kaduna supports the son.

A worried Arts Editor fires an appropriate stinker at them, and his stinker is taken down.

Now get the jerk. It wasn't taken down becau…

What it Means to Attend Chimamanda Adichie's Creative Writing Class - Short Talk with Ugochukwu Okpara

Ugochukwu Damian Okpara, Nigerian writer & Poet, is the 1st Runner Up in the Nigerian Students Poetry Prize 2019. He was one of the 21 mentees in the second cohort of the SprinNG Fellowship, and an alumnus of the Purple Hibiscus Trust Creative Writing Workshop. His works have appeared/forthcoming in African writer, Kreative Diadem, Barren Magazine, The Penn Review, Rising Phoneix Press and elsewhere. He is currently interning as the Contributing Interviewer for Poetry at Africa in Dialogue.

What was it like having to be taught by the amazing Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie? Was it your first time of applying?
When asked such question, I always struggle to describe how I felt. I don’t think there’s any word that could capture the feeling in its entirety. For me, Chimamanda is my literary god, and I can trace my love for reading and writing back to those moments in school when I hunched over my desk reading Purple Hibiscus, later, I’d scribble stories which I never bothered to finish. I was…

Whatever Has Tasted Life Can Never Truly Die : Adaeze Elechi and Chimee Adioha

Adaeze Elechi is a writer and filmmaker. Her works are influenced both by her desire to better understand the ways our histories shape our present understanding of ourselves, as well as a desire to explore spaces of vulnerability, intimacy, and softness.
Her pieces have appeared in Guernica Magazine, Stylelikeu, and mindbodygreen. Her original films have screened at the St. Louis International Film Festival, and the San Diego Black Film Festival, among others.
She lives in Brooklyn, NY above a coffee shop named after a bird.
The interview session was between Ada Elechi and Chimee Adioha.
How did writing find you ? Or how did you find writing ?
I started writing pretty young. I remember when I was seven or eight years old when I lived in Holland, my class was asked to write about our experiences immigrating to Holland which, for me, was a bittersweet experience. We hand-wrote our stories, illustrated them, and then bound them into little books with cardboard, glue, and fabric. My handwriti…

NGIGA BOOK CLUB in the Time of a Pandemic

In the time of a pandemic, a writer needs some break to recreate as well as some space to keep their candles on. There has been events and programs heading online at this time; and NGIGA book club is one of them. NGIGA Book Club is hosting book discussions via their WhatsApp group.

The book club is a long queue of young writers from South-Eastern Nigeria who are already revamping the outlook of the literary industry for that region. They are based in Owerri, Imo state. Therefore, their major target is also to put the state, famine of a literary aura, into Nigeria’s literary map. 

They are doing this by creating spaces where book conversations are housed, supporting home grown literary brands and promoting their own writers.  

In the evening of Saturday, 4th April, 2020- between 9:00pm to 10:00pm, a group of up to 70 participants and 5 curators stormed the group to discuss a book they have read in the past 2 days: ON BLACK SISTER’S STREET BY CHIKA UNIGWE

In a ceremony of WhatsApp notificati…