🤔Get Me Lit: At First, There Was No Blood

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At First, There Was No Blood: Unlearning Afro-womanism

Adebola Makinde in Agbowó

Innocence stripped. This is the story of a young girl growing into adulthood while navigating the struggles of being a young woman, most especially her sex life. What triggers her first sexual encounter? How was the experience? What comes after? 

Seed of Faith

Joy Udensi in Isele

Papa died, and no one knows if the death is diabolical or a proper illness. But he died anyway. After his death, his family came to claim his properties because his wife didn’t birth a boy child. Papa’s children are all female children, and in their tradition, females aren’t entitled to inheritance. Will papa’s wife and his girls be stranded due to his distant family’s insensitivity? 

Liberté

Moustapha Mbacké Diop in Agbowó

A young man, in Dakar, finds himself as a hostage. He’s not aware of why he’s being kept. He’s in chains sometimes, out of chains other times. He is weak and hunger grows to be his friend for days. Will he make it out of captivity?

A Tiny Seedling

Chinonyelum Anyichie in Shallow Tales Review

Migration can be tasking considering the challenges of moving from one settlement to another, and the struggles of adapting, especially if the new place is far away from home, with a different way of life. This is the situation of Ifunanya in this gripping story.

Unfurling

Chideraa Ike-Akaenyi in Agbowó

Chidera reflects on the events that unfolded in her eyes from April to June this year; her mother’s loss and her challenges with religious practices conflicting with world views. 

Pot of Poetry

Birds breaking From Trees

Farai Chaka in Agbowó

In uptown streets and markets my

English fails me on the tongue

and melts away like butter 

kissed by heat

Silence

Fasisi Abdulrosheed in OBBLT

Nature has a way of giving us what our parents and community failed to give us, until

Those they trusted us with made it the gateway to fondle our bony boyhood,

Renaming the Rainbow 

Damilola Omotoyinbo in Shallow Tales Review

we remembered 

that rainbows do not fade without

leaving footprints in the sky.

call this a ritual of remembrance;

a bunch of colours waiting to be re-named.

Sinnerman

Kwame Boateng in Agbowó

my skin has been properly flayed

Its ebony still swallowing light

a photosynthesis of worlds surviving on little

A Brief Record of Disappearance

Romeo Oriogun in Agbowó

And before clouds become the soft drizzle 

on grasses, a child sings this song of awe:

what are you eating? I am eating the eye of history.

I am seeing the dark places of my life.

Book Recommendations

An Angel’s Demise

Sue Nyathi (2022)

Angel grows up on the farm over three momentous decades that see a convoluted past and inheritance unfold into an equally complicated present. Through her, we see a woman’s quest to unearth her identity and assert her independence. In the process of self-discovery, Angel realises that sometimes you need to be uprooted before you can grow.

An Angel’s Demise, Sue Nyathi’s fourth novel, is a gripping tale infused with spirituality. It recounts an explosive story of love, war, bloody massacre and betrayal that encompasses a harrowing history, the cruel caprice of politics, gender-based violence and what happens when ordinary people get caught up in lies.

News & Opportunities

Join Lolwe

Opportunity

Lolwe is looking for creative people to join their small but growing team. 

Albert Jungers Poetry Prize Shortlist

News

Three Poets shortlisted for the 8th Albert Jungers Poetry Prize (AJPP 2022). 

LOATAD Writing Residents

News

The Library of Africa and the African Diaspora (LOATAD) Announces AU20 “Our Africa, Our Future” Writing Residents.

Olongo Submissions

Opportunity

Olongo calls for submissions for a football-themed poetry anthology. 

WeNaija Literary Contest

Opportunity

The 2022 WeNaija Literary Contest themed “Righting our Story” is ongoing.

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