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Chimamanda Adichie's Creative Writing Workshop: What should propel a writer to apply is the community the workshop creates. - Bura-Bari Nwilo

What was it like having to be taught by the amazing Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie? Was it your first time of applying ? 
It was not my first time of applying. In short, it was my fourth or fifth. I had followed the workshop from inception and there were the years I was close to attending. Either I had classmates or close friends who were invited and I wasn’t and it was painful. And at some point, I gave up. I thought someone somewhere had blacklisted me. You know how writers and the community could be petty over disagreements. But somehow, I kept at it. I had moments when some younger people would send me their entries for advice and truly, I had no idea what CNA looked out for but they made it to the workshops. I, on the other hand, the one who previewed their works, stayed home. 
One time, a female classmate of mine whose writings I had never read and whose conversations were less appealing on God’s blessed days got in and I just could not imagine what the trick was. I would go through the…

My body protests through its poetry: An Afternoon Conversation with Adedayo Agarau

Photo by Dirk Skiba

I enjoy writing poetry of family. Each person in my life once, and is still serving their importance. These women are my revolution. Their love, their tenderness & kindness, the way they blossom, their imperfections, & impatience, everything deserves to be documented. They run a river in my life & I swim. There is no need to politicize the representation of people in one’s life when they are the sun you wake from, the moon that pats you to sleep.
Interviewer: Ese EmmanuelInterviewee: Adedayo Agarau
Hello, Adedayo. You are the much celebrated author of the books "For Boys Who Went" and more recently "The Arrival of Rain". How would you say that writing poetry has influenced your view of the world, and the way you interpret experiences?When the spirit of the Lord hovered over the first piece of this world, & saw that it was without form, words were spoken. This is the same thing that poetry does, it edifies the world from inside out. …

Your Grandmother Says Goodbye and Steps Away by Chimee Adioha

Photo source: Millicent Obiozor Adikibe

“Your grandmother is like god.She translates you into a meaning.She prays that you will be better than the life she has lived.She summons the almighty to your advantage.She says the rosary and infuses your name into the end of each mystery.She lives so that you will smile.”

10 Queer Books to Read this Pride Month

Selected PRIDE MONTH Reads (Photos from Uchenna Nnabugwu)
1. Black leopard, Red wolf by Marlon James
2. Girl, Woman, Other by Bernadine Evaristo
3. Speak No Evil by Uzodinma Iweala
4. Stories of Our Lives- Queer Narratives from Kenya by Nest Collective 
5. When we speak of nothing by Olumide Popoola
6. She called me woman - Nigeria’s Queer Women Speak 
7. The sky is mine by Amy Beashell
8. Lives of great men by Edozien, Chike Frankie Edozien 
9. Queer Africa by New Internationalist
10. Walking with Shadows by Jude Dibia

Interview: Black Boy Review & Ikenna Ugwu

Ikenna has been modeling and creating visual art since 2017. New-York based and Nigerian born, Ikenna works in fashion and branding at the moment. He has a Business degree from Duke and also is the host of a music commentary podcast on Brooklyn’s own Newtown Radio. Ikenna is a scholar of the arts in all its facets. His visual and written work have running themes inspired by religion, spirituality, nature and identity.

Cold and Frostrated - New Poetry by REZthaPoet

What are the major themes you’ve explored in this album? The main theme explored is “frustration” in different contexts.  Of being young and Nigerian. Of being less privileged, member of an abusive society, of gender relationship dynamics around responsibilities & commitments, and lastly the frustrations that come with navigating ethnic and racial identity.    
How do you feel with a new poetry album? As this is not a regular art across the circle A new poetry album for a Spokenword artiste as I, is another outlet beyond the stage especially with the limitation of practicing social distancing. Also people can forget most of what was said on stage, but a book or an album affords the audience to return and engage the work overtime.  Whilst I do not want to presume what is implied by ‘regular’ art which doesn’t sound right to my ears, I’m more pre-disposed to classification by mainstream/popular art vs Niche art. Niche can vary in size relative to the mainstream. To link it back to th…

Notes on Paradoxical Continuities in Singularity by Ikenna Ugwu