A conversation on Stay With Me, Ayọ̀bámi Adébáyọ̀’s debut novel in the current issue, with Emmanuel Iduma
When looking in Lagos, I was full up from beauty. I saw new blues: the color of early morning light on UV-protected windows, on white plastic chairs, on gleaming tile. I experience coastal cities as frenetic. One gets the sense everyone might decide it’s better to walk into the water someday but not today.
Join us for the first presentation of our new issue in Nigeria, at the Ake Book and Arts Festival.
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 felt presence.
In our first print issue, “Transitions,” the stories, essays, poems, and photographs consider movement, journeys, departures, and exchange.
We have gathered writings—reportage, short stories, travel essays, poems—befitting of our foray into print. Our contributors are writers you should be reading, and visual artists whose images are compelling.
Adaudo Anyiam-Osigwe on her time as Managing Editor; Akin Adesokan on his story in our current issue.
“That’s the beginning of the problem, aunty,” said the biker. “The house of cash belongs to the brother of the man now in prison, you know, the IG. The police are the beginning and end of the problem.”
you will find the best spaces for this conversation in our dreams – there, you’re…
the closer I look at you
the more you wrap yourself in fog.