Current Issue

#23, Fake Truths

Is a well-told lie better than a thousand facts?

Featured

Asaba Massacre: Witnesses and Survivors

Between 5th and 7th October 1967, in the first year of the Nigeria-Biafra War, Nigerian soldiers reportedly killed several hundred people (one estimate puts the number at 2,000) in Asaba. Fifty years later, photographer Obuh Christopher Nelson returned to the town in commemoration of what is now known as the Asaba Massacre.

Past Issues

Limbe to Lagos: Nonfiction from Cameroon and Nigeria

We are pleased to announce the release of an anthology of new nonfiction by ten writers from Cameroon and Nigeria, edited by Dami Ajayi, Emmanuel Iduma, and Dzekashu Macviban.

#22, Open

In this issue we feature writing and images beyond genre, outside any one theme, and made in the spirit of generosity.

#21, Transitions

In our first print issue, “Transitions,” the stories, essays, poems, and photographs consider movement, journeys, departures, and exchange.

#19-20, Power and Money

An issue exploring the entwined themes of power and money.

Special Issue: Etisalat Prize

A special issue on the Etisalat Prize for Literature 2015.

#18, Crime

On crime.

Special Issue: Literary Festivals

A special issue on African literary festivals.

We Are Going Back Home

Every morning, Sanni Garuba wakes in this room to the ticking of the clock and the sound of breathing from his roommate. Slipping out of bed, he steps outside and lays his prayer mat under the tree. He commits his plans to God with his knees bent and face turned to the east. Then he sets out for the day.

Anniversary Giveaway

We are pleased to announce a giveaway of books by our editors from February 15 – March 1, 2019, to celebrate our 10th Anniversary. Only readers living in Nigeria are eligible.

A Clockwork

He imagines his family crowded over his coffin weeping. His mother’s teary face breaks his heart. He knows he’s not ready to kill himself. He cannot do it. He’s too weak.

Asaba Massacre: Witnesses and Survivors

Between 5th and 7th October 1967, in the first year of the Nigeria-Biafra War, Nigerian soldiers reportedly killed several hundred people (one estimate puts the number at 2,000) in Asaba. Fifty years later, photographer Obuh Christopher Nelson returned to the town in commemoration of what is now known as the Asaba Massacre.

Saraba is a literary magazine focused on the work of new writers in Nigeria and other parts of the African continent. Since 2009, we have published several issues of a magazine, editions of poetry chapbooks, and online-only work.
Our ongoing Manuscript Project supports the publication of long-form fiction and nonfiction by ten new Nigerian writers.
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