Nigeria

Emmanuel Iduma

Katherine Cintron

Editor's Note: Akpa Arinzechukwu is a Nigerian poet whose writing deals with the complicated intersection of sexuality, religion, and culture in Nigeria. He is currently living in Abia state, in the midst of the violence from the Biafran separatist movement. He recently sat down with Katherine Cintron, a student from Deltona High School, to talk about writing, music, and his project City Dwellers.

 

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Shaun Randol

On August 28, The Mantle's founder, Shaun Randol, joined author Ayobami Adebayo (Nigeria) and writer Joel Ntwatwa (Uganda) to discuss Gambit: Newer African Writing (The Mantle) and African writing.

Shaun Randol

A young woman loses her grip on reality, destroyed by being the mistress of a powerful general. A pastor hides the innocent from marauding gangs hyped up by post-election fervor. A philosophy professor struggles against his better judgment to save everyone but himself. In present day Nigeria, there are many centers of the universe.

Christian Niedan
Christian Niedan
Christian Niedan

Richard Ali
Marie Lamensch

On January 29, UNICEF released its most recent report detailing the plight of millions of children around the world. Afshan Khan, UNICEF director of emergency programs, spoke at the launch, making this point clear, “from deadly natural disasters to brutal conflicts and fast-spreading epidemics, children across the world are facing a new generation of humanitarian crises.”

Emmanuel Iduma

Someone asks: Why did the world ignore the Baga massacre? Why was the Nigerian government swift to respond to the Charlie Hebbo attack and hesitant about Baga? The answer, which I share plaintively, is bracketed by a word, “numbness”—the numbness that comes from a repeated and stupefying devaluing of human life.

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