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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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Pelumi Nubi

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My Father Has Diabetes

The last time we were in the same room like this, we were celebrating the birth of Jesus. Today, nothing was born but father’s diabetes, and yet here we were, almost in a celebratory mood.

Musical Feuds

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The Ethics and Polarities of Musical Feuds

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Pride

THE MINISTRY OF GENDER X FEMINISM

The Politics of Nigerian ‘Pride’

For a long time, queer Nigerians have created spaces that affirm and celebrate queer identities. That these efforts aren’t public marches with international media coverage or corporate sponsorship does not make them any less valid.

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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

THE MINISTRY OF ARTs / PHOTO DEPT.

The Disruptive Potential of Frida Orupabo’s Metamorphic Women

To encounter a body in collage is to momentarily believe the human form is physically and even gesturally incapable of coming up against its own limitations. Frida Orupabo’s collages do this so well. They haunt the viewer with fond, familiar and unexpected shapes.

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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.

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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

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‘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.

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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

THE MINISTRY OF ARTs / PHOTO DEPT.

The Disruptive Potential of Frida Orupabo’s Metamorphic Women

To encounter a body in collage is to momentarily believe the human form is physically and even gesturally incapable of coming up against its own limitations. Frida Orupabo’s collages do this so well. They haunt the viewer with fond, familiar and unexpected shapes.

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

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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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Musical Feuds

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BUSINESS & THE ECONOMY

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HISTORY

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POLITICS

Tinubu

Tinubu’s Year of Unstable Policies

In its first year, the Tinubu administration has been characterized by hasty decisions and haphazardly thought policies, a situation that has greatly stalled Nigeria’s progress.

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...

Senator Ningi

The Accidental Man of the People

Senator Ningi’s suspension by the Senate after he raised allegations of budget padding has made him a hero in the eyes of Nigerians. But it would be unwise to distance...

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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...

Skin-Bleaching

The Menace of Skin-Bleaching in Nigeria

Cosmetic endeavours aimed at achieving lighter skin have led to the development of different skin-bleaching beauty methods that leave the body open to grave health repercussions.

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Decolonizing the Language of Political Science

The field of political science has long been dominated by Eurocentric theories and frameworks, leading to the marginalization of alternative epistemologies and worldviews from the Global South, particularly Africa.

Haiti

‘Pour le Pays, Pour la Patrie, Mourir est Beau’

Haiti was once a success story of enslaved Africans who withstood French and, subsequently, American imperialism. So much has changed since. Reflecting on Haiti’s national anthem, the ‘Dessalinienne’, I found...

ECOWAS

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