Courage is a Novel

Do not forgive me, I am nuanced. For to write a short review of a friend/publisher/editor/colleague’s book is to traffic in subjective subtleties; the kind that, incidentally, populates City of Memories, Richard Ali’s new novel and first book. I am…

Let's Talk About Sex

Let’s Talk About Sex

Did you just cringe from this direct affront of a title? Then that might be the hypocrite in you, the sappy morality you probably incurred from a decent upbringing and/or  religious beliefs. I am of a modest upbringing too: a good…

The Problem With Small Miracles

So, I was one of the cyberspace moralists that put in word for Okeoghene Ighiwoto, the now famous Nigerian patient who has been ‘saved’. How might one begin thinking of this matter in a post-salvation mode, now that we feel…

Virality is a Cause

[For an insightful background into #SaveOke, see the images of Okeoghene Ighiwoto on Linda Ikeji’s blog,read Temitayo Olofinlua’s piece, and read Oke’s story] Jason Russell and his cohorts have shown us how ‘viral’ suggests infiniteness, a geometric progression, an x….

Lessons Learnt in Freelance Mode

Olaniran Osotuyi, one of my closest friends and colleagues, appeared before a court for the first time on Monday 27. Earlier, a few days earlier, another friend, Abimbola, had also made her first appearance. We were amongst a total of…

Since We Are Afraid of Infinite Silence

Thoughts on Boko Haram Consider the danger of infinite silence. They come to us in the name of God, for evil has taken the guise of virtue. They say they are speaking a collective language, premised on restating the religious…

A List of Small Wonders

First published on The Mantle I am making a list of small wonders, and it is five months long. In my work as Publisher and Managing Editor of an electronic literary magazine based in Nigeria, I have learned to listen closely…

Saraba 10 – The Music Issue

The year has ended monumentally for us, over here at Saraba Magazine. Our final issue themes on music: Here at Saraba, music has been a perpetual ache, a constant obsession, so we are as confounded as you are that it…