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True Romance

A new batch of romance novels were released through Nigeria’s well-known Cassava Republic publishing house last year. This marked a distinct spike in a steady, but growing trend towards love stories by writers throughout the African diaspora, and redefining notions of romance. Words Nana Ocran Phoenix Advertising Agency rising star Tishe is looking forward to her first date with the sharply dressed Adnan. But she is horrified when she finds out that he is a tailor from Mushin. She vows ...

Imagining Africa

Words Nana Ocran Book Contemporary Creatives In her first published book, Contemporary Design Africa, writer, designer and blogger Tapiwa Matsinde fills a gaping hole in the publishing market for a continent-wide focus on modern African design. The publication’s spotlight mostly falls on interior decoration, but its broad visual stories explode many of the clichéd and romanticised perceptions of what leading-edge, African-designed products should look like. Textiles, crafts, ...

Armchair Traveller

Recent literary releases to transport the heart and mind through relationships, family, love, loss and countries:  no plane ticket required. Words Belinda Otas Who has the right to write about Africa and tell the continent’s story for its multifaceted nature, from languages to cultures to religious beliefs? In his essay, ‘Colonial Fictions: Memory and History in Yvonne Vera’s Imagination.’ Paul Zeleza writes, “Nowhere is the multidimensional, multifocality and multivocality of ...
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Festivals Of Nigeria

Festivals Of Nigeria, a stunning coffee table book by Victor Politis, features ten festivals and ceremonies, photographed over five years. From the Opobo regatta in the South to Argungu in the North, the book reveals a nation unified in a desire to celebrate, whatever the challenges of everyday life. Interview Jahman Anikulapo • Photography Victor Politis FEAST OF LIFE In mid-2007, during a meeting in Lagos, businessman Victor Politis couldn’t help but look at a painting on the wall. It ...

Tastemaker's Taste of Summer

Native American RnB with a Ghanaian twist, Saturdays at the Brooklyn Museum and black indie cinema - Culture vultures at Arik destinations run through the highlights of June through August. Words Nana Ocran New York filmmaker and video artist Zina Saro-Wiwa, Ghana-based musician Wanlov the Kubolor, UK-based writer and performance poet Nii Parkes and London and Accra-based writer and cultural historian Nana Oforiatta-Ayim are four dynamic individuals, each worthy of multiple column inches and ...