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NIGERIA IMAGINARY

Our latest issue, Nigeria Imaginary, considers the restorative potential of Nigerian art and invites readers to explore the Nigeria Pavilion at the 2024 Venice Biennale, plus more.

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vol. 8, no. 2

nigeria imaginary

Our latest issue, Nigeria Imaginary, considers the restorative potential of Nigerian art and invites readers to explore the Nigeria Pavilion at the 2024 Venice Biennale, plus more.
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This Week’s Essentials

Our top analyses, debates, ideas and stories of the week.

Yinka Shonibare

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Yinka Shonibare and the Case for Nigeria at the Venice Biennale

Through Yinka Shonibare CBE RA, the Nigeria Pavilion at the 2024 Venice Biennale presents a Nigeria that is more about routes than roots. A Nigeria that diagnoses its struggles with intricately imagined jokes while holding up a mirror to structural violence and broken promises. And a Nigeria that allows its children to return again and again in an ever-expanding array of visions and alternative futures.

Like Water Like Sea Olumide Popoola

THE MINISTRY OF ARTS / BOOKS DEPT.

The Swimmer

‘Here I was on a Sunday morning, sober, alone, in the river without doing anything, just lying on my back, the water holding me.’ An excerpt from Olumide Popoola’s novel, Like Water Like Sea.

Tinubu

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Nigerian Literature

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Reading the Great Nigerian Literary Debate

For several years now, a new generation of Nigerian writers and literary scholars has been debating the meaning of Nigerian literature. Last year, we finally came close to a breakthrough.

Charlie Muhumuza

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Haile Selassie I

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Haile Selassie I and Pan-African Diplomacy

Perhaps a latecomer to ​​pan-African ideology, Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie I was nevertheless unique in his contribution to pan-Africanism. He urged all those working for a united global Africa to consider pan-Africanism as not an end unto itself, but an indispensable means toward a broader horizon of a new humanity free from imperialism and exploitation.

Frida Orupabo

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Noo Saro-Wiwa

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Books Lagos

REPUBLIC READING

7 Nigerian Books Set Outside Lagos

In our latest book recommendation, we have compiled a list of seven books that will take you outside Lagos. These selections offer glimpses into other parts of Nigeria, guiding readers on a journey through the various settings that shape the nation’s socio-cultural life.

Bobrisky

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The Perfect Target

Bobrisky’s swift descent from social prominence to the confines of Kirikiri Maximum Security Prison is a stark reminder that no amount of wealth or status can fully insulate LGBTQ+ individuals from the pervasive forces of transphobia and homophobia in Nigeria.

HEROES PAST

Who Will Bury Mr. Taiwo?

It took the Nigerian government 51 years to formally honour Taiwo Akinkunmi, the man who designed the Nigerian flag. Now, months after his death, his body remains in a morgue as his family awaits a state burial.

Like Water Like Sea Olumide Popoola

The Swimmer

‘Here I was on a Sunday morning, sober, alone, in the river without doing anything, just lying on my back, the water holding me.’ An excerpt from Olumide Popoola’s novel,...

Bobrisky

The Perfect Target

Bobrisky’s swift descent from social prominence to the confines of Kirikiri Maximum Security Prison is a stark reminder that no amount of wealth or status can fully insulate LGBTQ+ individuals...

THE LATEST IN PRINT
VOL. 8, NO. 2
NIGERIA IMAGINARY

Now Available: Our May – July 2024 Print Issue

Featuring: 
Wale Lawal in conversation with Aindrea Emelife, curator of the Nigeria Pavilion at the 2024 Venice Biennale; Kéchi Nne Nnomu on Toyin Ojih Odutola; Chimezie Chika on Ndidi Dike; Mobólúwajídìde Joseph on Yinka Shonibare; Yusuf Omotayo on the man who designed Nigeria’s flag; fiction from ’Pemi Aguda; plus more.

THE LATEST IN PRINT
VOL. 8, NO. 2
NIGERIA IMAGINARY

Now Available: Our May – July 2024 Print Issue

Featuring: 
Wale Lawal in conversation with Aindrea Emelife, curator of the Nigeria Pavilion at the 2024 Venice Biennale; Kéchi Nne Nnomu on Toyin Ojih Odutola; Chimezie Chika on Ndidi Dike; Mobólúwajídìde Joseph on Yinka Shonibare; Yusuf Omotayo on the man who designed Nigeria’s flag; fiction from ’Pemi Aguda; plus more.

African Feminist Manifesto

vol.8 no.1 / EDITOR'S FOREWORD

‘An African Feminist Manifesto’

For whom is the transformative potential of feminism new? Our latest issue, An African Feminist Manifesto, considers the imperatives for Black African feminism(s) in our uniquely uncertain times, plus more.

Feminist

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An African Feminist Manifesto

Decolonial African feminist thought is equal parts rage and radical care. It is a collaborative and unbiased call to action that insists on justice, self-determination, and autonomy, building on the legacies of foremothers to create our lifelines for our future and the ones that come after us.

Frida Orupabo

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Abrahamic Tradition

THE MINISTRY OF MEMORIES

A Womanist Reading of African Women in Abrahamic Tradition

Though the presence of Abrahamic tradition within global Black consciousness often finds expression through male-dominated narratives, a closer examination uncovers Black women at the very centres of the most path-altering moments in the tradition, offering analogues with which Black women have interpreted, reimagined and reclaimed their past, present, and future.

Second Class Citizen

THE MINISTRY OF ARTs / BOOKS DEPT.

50 Years of Buchi Emecheta’s Second-Class Citizen

In 1974, Buchi Emecheta’s novel, Second-Class Citizen, was published. While this novel has inspired a generation of African writers, the themes Emecheta explored—such as Black immigrant life in the UK and the ills of a patriarchal society—remain as relevant today as ever.

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ARTS & CULTURE

Like Water Like Sea Olumide Popoola

The Swimmer

‘Here I was on a Sunday morning, sober, alone, in the river without doing anything, just lying on my back, the water holding me.’ An excerpt from Olumide Popoola’s novel,...

Bobrisky

The Perfect Target

Bobrisky’s swift descent from social prominence to the confines of Kirikiri Maximum Security Prison is a stark reminder that no amount of wealth or status can fully insulate LGBTQ+ individuals...

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Nigeria Imaginary

Our latest issue, Nigeria Imaginary, considers the restorative potential of Nigerian art and invites readers to explore the Nigeria Pavilion at the 2024 Venice Biennale, plus more.

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HISTORY

Remembering Kampala

For much of the sixties, Kampala was at the centre of literature in Africa, its status propelled by Makerere University and Rajat Neogy’s Transition Magazine. However, in the seventies, the...

Haile Selassie I

Haile Selassie I and Pan-African Diplomacy

Perhaps a latecomer to ​​pan-African ideology, Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie I was nevertheless unique in his contribution to pan-Africanism. He urged all those working for a united global Africa to...

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POLITICS

Nigeria Protest

Nigeria Now and the Art of Protest

As Nigerians face economic and social challenges, it is important that they express their grievances through protests. However, certain groups have resorted to a different form of ‘protest’, which is...

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SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

Aya Care

Aya Care’s Sudden Fame

After going viral on social media, the women-led team at sanitary pad provider, Aya Care, found themselves at the centre of a renewed discussion about menstrual hygiene in Nigeria. What...

WORLD AFFAIRS

ECOWAS

A Sahel-less ECOWAS

The announcement by Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger of their exit from ECOWAS, 24 years after Mauritania’s exit in 2000, threatens to de-Sahelize the regional bloc. It marks more fundamental...

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