ilé Adé

    Whatever we tell ogbo, ogbo must hear Whatever we tell ogba, ogba must accept O east wind, come quickly, rise with the sun, Carry these words on swift wings to Omo Ade Wherever his head may lay; Let duty come before adventure And let the west wind bring …

Won’t You Celebrate With Me

By Lucille Clifton won’t you celebrate with me what i have shaped into a kind of life? i had no model. born in babylon both nonwhite and woman what did i see to be except myself? i made it up here on this bridge between starshine and clay, my one …

The Black Family Pledge by Maya Angelou

Because we have forgotten our ancestors, our children no longer give us honor. Because we have lost the path our ancestors cleared kneeling in perilous undergrowth, our children cannot find their way. Because we have banished the God of our ancestors, our children cannot pray. Because the old wails of …

SoothSaying

Look at her, face set in serious lines as she types words that you can barely make out on her computer. You’re close enough to read, but as always, your mind is someplace else. She turns to you and points at a word on one of the stapled sheets on …

Abandonment

  By Buhle Khanyile For three years after my father died I occasionally experienced what, in retrospect, were fleeting psychotic episodes. Without ceremony, a touch of light headedness would swirl in my forehead and spread, like fog, towards the back door of my brain. A feeling of urgency to call my …

ANNOUNCING READERS’ AWARDS NIGERIA

  ANNOUNCING READERS’ AWARDS NIGERIA Lagos—26 January 2017 The Speech House International, initiators of Grill-And-Read programme, are happy to announce a call for nominations for the inaugural G&R Annual Readers’ Awards (GaRARA). The awards seek to recognise the contributions of the reading community to the socioeconomic development of the nation. …

The Animators by Kayla Rae Whitaker

  “It’s strange and ultimately insulting how, when someone you love dies, just expires without warning, time does not stop.” Melody “Mel” Vaught and Sharon Kay Kisses couldn’t be any more different. Mel is the chain-smoking, binge-drinking, insanely talented life of the party, while Sharon is reserved, insecure, and often …

Known and Strange Things by Teju Cole

Teju Cole is master of his crafts. His extensive knowledge, deep understanding, and detailed explanation of them are startling. In this collection of essays, Cole discusses topics ranging from literature to photography to art, music, travel, the Black Lives Matter movement, world politics, social media, Boko Haram, mob lynchings, and …