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#23, Fake Truths

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

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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.

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#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.

#17, Survival

The value of survival.

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.

Na For Sell

Of all the luxuries of photography, it is the freedom that it grants to its audience, the freedom to observe with a wealth of interpretation, the reward it gifts those who care to look with the intent of understanding it—that is most appealing.

Turning To Look Back

It must be said, surely it must be said that for a long time I loved very fully, very much and I did not know anything else beyond that.

You are near yet you are far

You are near yet you are far. The air route is open. The land route is closed. The sea route is closed. The phone lines are pricey. So are the flight tickets for a one-hour flight to Douala.

Photographs by Ayo Akinyemi

The world of these photographs is one inhabited by the amorphous. These photographs appear unsure of themselves; they evince a certain uncertainty on their surface, and they do not readily tell us anything, not even a single phrase—which is a given in a world such as this, since shadows do not speak.

White Patches

Most of the guests were dressed in different forms of white attires; the hall looked like an assembly of celestial bodies.

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