About Us

Our Readers

‘Serious journalism from an African worldview.’ 

Quartz Africa

‘LOVE The Republic. It is critical, insightful and gorgeously designed.’ 

Bibi Bakare-Yusuf, Publisher & Co-founder Cassava Republic Press

‘We don’t deserve The Republic. I’ll keep saying this. If any facet of Nigerian leadership (and followership) even as much as glanced at one issue of this journal in good faith, I wonder how many ideas for radical change the citizenry might’ve engaged with by now.’

Suyi Davies Okungbowa, Novelist

‘Whenever I meet people and they tell me they’ve not heard of The Republic, a part of me is shocked that they’re deprived of such perfection rare on the journalism terrain in Nigeria, and I have to emphasise they search for it and read religiously.’

Fakhuus Hashim, Activist

The Republic is one of my favourite things made by Nigerians and it’s the first journal I ever subscribed to.’

Mo Isu, Researcher

The Republic is getting my subscription, and I subscribe to almost nothing… They’re that damn good. Read them: they’re a Nigerian literary magazine who, to paraphrase Mafeje, insist on their right to be universal.’

Nimi Hoffmann, Historian &
Editorial Board Member of the Journal of Contemporary African Studies


Every generation needs an unequivocal source of truth: something that shows the people of its time, leaving little room for doubt, what they look like. The Republic, first and foremost, is us: the people of this time. And then, it is a magazine and platform of socio-economic and political commentary, criticism and cultural discourse, that explores the world as Nigerian. Behind the magazine is the belief that writing can connect, empower and humanize communities, and a society of people who consider urgent the need for a Nigeria more critical of itself.

Our mission is simple: to create knowledge.

Our ideal readers are the restless and inquisitive, together with whom The Republic seeks to restore the importance of serious readership in Nigeria, and the dignity in studying Nigeria and its place in the wider world. To this end, we strive to press forward on the most critical of issues; to provide an abundance of ideas and knowledge; and to appeal to a general audience without compromising on analytical rigour—in short, to be serious without pretension or alienation. We intend to be sharp, stylish and current; an ever-growing, intelligent companion; a reliable witness to the changing times



Wale Lawal
BSc (Hons), The University of Bath;
MSc, The London School of Economics and Political Science;
MSc, University of Oxford

Associate Editors

Bomi Fagbemi
BA, The University of Pennsylvania

Chinonye Otuonye
BA, University of Connecticut
MA, Columbia University

Contributing Editor

Chika Oduah
BA, Georgia State University
MSc, Medill School of Journalism


Bolarinwa Adediran
BA, University of Ibadan;
MA, University of Westminster;
PhD, University of Manchester

Adjoa Anyimadu
BA, University of Cambridge;
MPA, The London School of Economics and Political Science

Julia Bello-Schuenemann
BA, Ludwig-Maximilians University;
PhD, Universidad Complutense de Madrid

Tunrie Bisi-Afolabi
LLB, University of Surrey;
BCL, University of Oxford

Faridah Dikko
BSc, The University of Bath

Kayode Faniyi
BSc, Obafemi Awolowo University;
MA, University of Lagos

Temi Ibirogba
BA (Hons), Newcastle University;
The London School of Economics and Political Science 

Christopher Olaolu Ogunmodede
BA, The University of Kent, Canterbury;
MSc, The University of Warwick

Gbope Onigbanjo
BA, University of London School of Oriental and African Studies

Khadija Sanusi
BA, The American University of Paris;
MA, University of London School of Oriental and African Studies

Illustrator – First Draft

Ojima Abalaka

Tech Leads

Emmanuel Ephraim
Derin Oguntade

Editorial Assistants

Ugonna Eronini
Eileen Gbagbo
Ibukun Olokode