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Open Country Mag (Dec. 2020 -)

The 10 Best Acting Performances of the Year in Nollywood, January 16, 2024

The Fates and Faith of Tunde Onakoya, November 30, 2023

Labone Dialogues Is the Year’s Big Event in African Literature, October 3, 2023

The Real Housewives of Lagos, Reviewed: Glamour and Drama in Las Gidi, September 18, 2023

Battle on Buka Street, Reviewed: Blockbuster Dramedy with Emotional Burn, August 20, 2023

Sarah Ladipo Manyika Is Curious About Culture Icons, July 18, 2023

The Epic, Transformative Comeback of Chidi Mokeme, June 27, 2023

Binyavanga Wainaina’s Great Scatter of Work (Exclusive), an interview with his editor Achal Prabhala, June 13, 2023

Shanty Town, Reviewed: Crime and Punishment, Fate and Freedom, May 25, 2023

Rita Dominic’s Visions of Character, cover story, March 10, 2023

In Conversation with Paramount Africa Country Director Akintunde Bada-Johnson, March 3, 2023

How Mami Wata Became Nigeria’s First Film to Premiere at Sundance, December 15, 2022

African Comics Cross into Literature, on two graphic novels, one by Triggerfish Animation Studios, November 21, 2022

How Dakore Egbuson-Akande and Tony Okungbowa Traverse Trauma in YE!, November 6, 2022

“They Don’t Know How We Feel Inside”: Families of SARS Victims Speak in Devastating Documentary, on Chude Jideonwo’s documentary Awaiting Trial, November 2, 2022

In Conversation with Lan Samantha Chang, Director of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, July 23, 2022

The O. Henry Prize Series Opens to African Magazines (Exclusive), May 13, 2022

At Africa in Dialogue, Gaamangwe Mogami Lures Out Storytelling Truths, for The Next Generation of African Literature special issue, April 9, 2022

Inside The Cheeky Natives, an Archive of Intentionality, on the work of South African literary podcasters Letlhogonolo Mokgoroane and Alma-Nalisha Cele, for The Next Generation of African Literature special issue, April 9, 2022

Remy Ngamije on Doek & the New Age of Namibian Literature, for The Next Generation of African Literature special issue, April 9, 2022

The Methods of Damon Galgut, on his Booker Prize win for The Promise and a 40-year career exploring race and sexuality in South Africa, Feb. 12, 2022

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Is in a Different Place Now, on the 15th anniversary of her second novel Half of a Yellow Sun, her private losses, and her public evolution, Sept. 20, 2021

How Teju Cole Opened a New Path in African Literature, on the 10th anniversary of his novel Open City, Jul. 4, 2021

Cameroon’s New Literary Generation Comes of Age, as Anglophone Crisis Deepens, on the central African country’s growing literary scene led by Bakwa Magazine, Jun. 25, 2021

Mark Gevisser’s Long Mission of Queer Visibility, on his journalism and activism career and latest book The Pink Line: Journeys Across the World’s Queer Frontiers, Mar. 19, 2021

Hannah Chukwu’s Call to Help Uplift Unheard Voices, on diversity in British publishing and editing Booker Prize winners Bernardine Evaristo and Marlon James, Feb. 5, 2021

With Novels & Images, Maaza Mengiste Is Reframing Ethiopian History, on her Booker Prize-shortlisted novel The Shadow King and her photography work Project 3541, Jan. 16, 2021

How Tsitsi Dangarembga, with Her Trilogy of Zimbabwe, Overcame, on her career trajectory and resurgence with Booker Prize shortlisting for This Mournable Body, Dec. 30, 2020

Nigerian Literature Needed Editors. Two Women Stepped in To Groom Them., on the work of the Society of Book and Magazine Editors of Nigeria (SBMEN), Dec. 26, 2020

Other Sites

25 Emerging Nigerian Cultural Names to Know, Amex Essentials, Aug. 2021

Nigeria’s Twitter ban is a worrying step back to a dark past, Dazed, Jun. 2021

Folio Nigeria (May 2020 – May 2021)

How OyaNow Impacted the Delivery Business in Nigeria, Feb. 16, 2021

Nigeria’s New Wave of Experimental Metal Sculptors, Nov. 21, 2020

Out of a Lagos Street Boxing Academy, Big Dreams & a Child Star, Oct. 30, 2020

A Musical Dynasty Consolidates Its Legacy, on Yeni Kuti and Fela’s family, Oct. 5, 2020

Nigerian FX Makeup, Newly Viral, Seeks a Global Stage, Sept. 25, 2020.

Artist of Spoons, on a sculptor working with cutlery, Sept. 16, 2020

In Nigeria, Investigative Journalism Finds Culture Impact, on journalist Kiki Mordi’s reporting on BBC’s Sex for Grades documentary, Aug. 28, 2020

In the Age of Afrobeats, a New Sound for Highlife, on The Cavemen.’s highlife fusion and new album ROOTS, Aug. 21, 2020

The Women Weavers of Akwete, Aug. 15, 2020

A Nigerian Tech Company takes on the Gender Gap, Jul. 31, 2020

The Making of Ńdébé, an Indigenous Script for the Igbo Language, Jul. 24, 2020

A Nigerian Comic Series Builds on History, Jul. 17, 2020

For 60 Years, Three Generations of Caterers Have Perfected Ofe Onugbu, Jul. 10, 2020

Making Space for Survivors, on Ayodeji Oluwaseun Osowobi’s work with Stand to End Rape Intiative, Jul. 3, 2020

Her Diagnosis Alerted a Country of 200 Million, on Dr. Amara Karen Allison who discovered Nigeria’s first COVID-19 case, Jun. 26, 2020

From MS Word to Blockchain, Visual Artist on New Grounds, Jun. 19, 2020

A 17-Year-Old Nigerian Artist Using Charcoal for Hyper-realistic Portraits, Jun. 12, 2020

Photographers Come Together to Create Mental Health Awareness, Jun. 12, 2020

How Taaooma’s Family Comedy Skits Made Her a Social Media Phenomenon, Jun. 5, 2020

Intissar Bashir-Kurfi Is Collecting Nylon to Save the Environment, Jun. 5, 2020

How COVID-19 Helped Make Instagram Live Central to Culture in Nigeria, May 18, 2020

Brittle Paper (Nov. 2016 – Apr. 2020)

How Short Story Day Africa Became the Continent’s Most Important Institution for Short Fiction, Jun. 2018



A collection of nine short stories set in Nigeria, most of them in Nsukka and Aba, and two partly in Akure and Lagos.

A novel set mostly in eastern Nigeria.

Short Stories

You Sing of a Longing, in Pride and Prejudice: African Perspectives on Gender, Social Justice, and Sexuality, May 2017; available on my blog, Jun. 2020

Mulumba, in The Threepenny Review, Issue 145, Spring 2016 (Mar.); available on my blog, Aug. 2019

A Sheltered Life, excerpted from a longer story, in 14, Vol. 2: The Inward Gaze, Jan. 2018

A Tenderer Blessing, in Transition, Issue 118: We Can Be Lightning, Sept. 2015; was available on Brittle Paper, Jun. 2017; withdrawn, Apr. 2020

Creative Nonfiction & Essays

A Letter from Nigeria About Coping with COVID, Zocalo, Jun. 2020

The Flat, YNaija, Jun. 2020

Man, Feminist, in Praxis Magazine’s International Women’s Day Anthology, Oct. 2017

Queer Literature in Africa Is Not a Trend, Has Always Existed, Nov. 2017

The Coo of a Blue-Plumed Bird, Koroba, Dec. 2016

The Lion in Harmattan, Brittle Paper, Nov. 2016, withdrawn Apr. 2020

Imperialism-in-Artistry: Why Bob Dylan’s Nobel Prize Win Proves Adichie Is Right About Beyonce, Oct. 2016

Half of a Yellow Sun: A Decade On, Jun. 2016


Foreword, The Heart of the Matter: The Gerald Kraak Prize Anthology Vol. III, Jun. 2019

Do You Feel Me?, The Vanguard Book of Love Stories, Feb. 2019

The Confessional Generation, Selves: An Afro Anthology of Creative Nonfiction, Feb. 2018

Foreword, Stanley McDaniels’ poetry chapbook Entrapment, Oct. 2017

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