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Ake Review Volume 6, 2019; My Christmas Read

I’ve been reading my copy of Ake Review, Volume 6, 2019 this pre-Christmas weekend under twinkling Christmas lights. I’ve been mentally fatigued and disinterested in reading. But short fiction and poetry exploring #BlackBodiesGreyMatter are giving me life amongst other things.

Some lies are necessary to keep the work rotating, necessary to keep from going mad, necessary. However, the lies we tell ourselves to keep from going mad are the very ones that make us go mad.

-The Landscape of Tally, An Inheritance by Tobi Afolabi

Shout-out to Ake Festival Team and Molara Wood for this volume. Tsitsi Dangarembga (whose Aké Life and Times Interview I wrote a blog review of) is truthful, brave in her Feature. I loved Molara Wood’s questions. Iconic really.

That which is traumatized is that which has been unable to prevent the trauma. In other words trauma occurs in conditions of powerlessness.

-Tsitsi Dangarembga

The Landscape of Tally; An Inheritance by my girl Tobi Afolabi, An Oak Tree Dies Slowly by Ani Kayode Somotochukwu are BRILLIANT!

Standing under the burning sun. They taught us how to fit into our bodies.

-An Oak Tree Dies Slowly

Happy Holidays Gem 🥳

June #PoetryILove Selection.

Every month I feature poems that speak to me,whispers wisdom and are thought provoking in my #POETRYILOVE widget at the page’s bottom.

“we made our feast. The oil/
golden with spices, the skillet’s/
wicked, dissolving whisper/
reminding us of every old burn./
Savor of warm flesh”

This June’s Selection is ‘Husband is the Loveliest Word by Logan February published on Palette Poetry.

I love its sensuality and food erotic, wow!

Spotlight Read: What Does It Mean to Survive

What Does It Mean to Survive by Tolu Daniel

“We are all Jesus. How many times have you died and risen? How many deaths have you conquered?”

“This is what I believed then, and even now, that sometimes avoiding trouble is also a form of running.”

Aching scars have stories to tell the narrator and us. I love how this essay makes one reflect on death, buried experiences with deadly danger and survival, which isn’t always instinctive. Living in Nigeria can be dangerous and often times we bury these experiences after survival with ignored questions and unprocessed trauma. Until we have to face death again.

I love the imagery used;

‘A memory of about twelve years punches me hard on the face and in my shock, I stagger back to regain my composure.’

If it’s one thing I love about Tolu Daniel’s writing its how he addresses unique social issues. In this essay of questions we are blast into the rampant cultism in some Western Nigerian state areas. Which made me remember how worried I’d get whenever their are violent cult clashes at Ojo, Lagos State or even the stories of their causalities.

I also reminisced on the death of my grandfather and a close friend’s Dad. My own memories of a close shave with death as a girl hit by a motorcycle years ago were simmered up.

“It makes me think that perhaps death is a way of surviving also. To escape the stress and the pain inflicted by life on your mortal body to a dimension of ease”.

Often times, questions are our answers, this essays let’s us know.

Recommended with four fireworks, read it on Barren Magazine.