I shared that I was reading this on my bookstagram over the weekend. I know it isn’t on my June reading list but when Saraba Magazine sent a newsletter (finally!) with a link to download their Twenty-Second Issue, OPEN. I dropped The Last Days At Forcados High School and closed the Research Methodology pdf I’d been reading. I was so excited I stayed up two night giggling, reflecting, sighing, crying and smearing yellow highlight over this Issue.
This issue opens up unique narratives in short-lenghty, bittersweet bursts of prose, poetry and creative non-fiction. Saraba Magazine is known to publish themed issues four times a year. These issues usually showcase poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, art and photography portfolios. Every past issue has been filled with new narratives, delightful stories, artistic wisdom, many perspectives, african literature and pure condensed magic.
I’ll share my favourite works from this literary magazine issue and quotes from them in no particular order.
HOW TO CHANGE THE NAME OF A PLACE by Chinacherem Oboo was written superby. It was subtle how the narrator’s tone grew from that of a pondering boy to one of an observant man. A story of a
village city, ethnicity, discrimination, steorotypes and feeling like a minority in one’s homeland.
‘At home, you ask your father if Abakaliki is a village..You see, Abakaliki is the capital of Ebonyi State. A village cannot be the capital of a state, only a city can.’
GREAT RIFT VALLEY was delightful recollection of siblings love and mountain climbing in Mieso, Ethiopia.
‘Once, we even had a flippant argument about “No woman, No cry”. Mo thought it meant “if you have no woman, you no cry”. I thought Marley didn’t want any woman to cry’. This sentence made me exclaim with happiness, so I am not the only one who wondered about the double meaning.
LOSING MY FATHER by Ola Osifo Osaze this was a moving memoir of a Nigerian immigrant queer, loss of fatherly love, guilt and reflections. I look forward to reading its full length manuscript to be published by Saraba soon.
PEACE IN THE TIME OF WAR by Daisy Odey
‘They say/guns boomed/ as midwives slapped mother’s thighs/told her to quit being lazy/and p-u-s-h, p-u-s-h, p-u-s-h/ what was she thinking/ when she swallowed the prick whole?’
This poem told a hilarious story of childbirth during a frightening time. I loved the literary devices ie. repetition, imagery,etc used to birth Peace.
YOU ARE NEAR YET YOU ARE FAR by Nkiacha Atemnkeng was by far my favourite because of the second point of view used to make me live the funny yet reflective tour of West African.
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